To drip or not to drip those faucets? That is the question, Houston area. Here’s what we know from Harris County, Houston officials
It's not quite the Shakespeare line, but it's the question on many Houston-area residents' minds as the freeze heads toward our area. So should you drip or not drip your faucets. This is what we know.
‘I just need heat in my apartment’: Residents at apartment complex in southwest Houston say they’re stuck without heat ahead of freezing temperatures
Tenants of an apartment complex in southwest Houston said they have been without heat for over a week, despite assurances from management that the problem would be resolved.
What you should know about fireplace and chimney care before freezing temperatures arrive in our area
We know many people will be trying to stay warm during the drastic drop in temperatures this week, but if you’ll be using a fireplace to do that, here are some things you need to know before lighting it.
Houston charity distributing coats, blankets to homeless ahead of arctic blast; Here’s how you can help
Ahead of the impending cold front, Houston charity Star of Hope will distribute blankets and coats to the city’s homeless while spreading the word that life-threatening cold weather begins Thursday and continues into the weekend.
Track the Texas power grid: Watch ERCOT’s current grid conditions in real-time
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s main power grid, has a dashboard that allows residents to track current conditions and usage. The timestamp of each dashboard indicates when the information was last updated, according to ERCOT’s website.
Of course it’s the Polar Vortex!
Climatologist Dr. Judah Cohen points out that Siberia is the world’s ice box and temperatures last week there were running in the MINUS 70s! So if those fast winds at the north pole (the polar vortex) weaken due to some undue warming, then that cold air crosses right over into Canada and the USA. You can get a sense of that happening from the Global temperature forecast here as those purple/white/blue colors---cold air---spill from Russia across the north pole and eventually into Texas!
Don’t forget! Tips on how to protect your pipes and sprinklers from the freezing weather
As this arctic blast rolls through the Houston area, residents are working hard to get ready for whatever comes their way. While knocking off those checklists, we want to provide tips to keep those homes in working condition. Take care of your pipes and sprinklers. It could save you lots of money in costly repairs later.
Get these items out of your car ahead of freezing temperatures
With bitterly cold temperatures expected across much of Texas this week, hopefully you are taking steps to make sure your family, your pets, and your home are ready for the frigid weather. Before you settle in to ride out this winter blast though, you should check the inside of your car to make sure you didn’t accidentally leave something outside that could cause an expensive mess.