From FOX 26 News: A winter storm watch and freeze warning are in effect Friday as a storm system sweeping into southeast Texas is expected to bring a mixture of rain, snow and sleet to the Houston area.
The winter storm watch is in effect between 6 a.m. Friday and midnight Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. But by noon Friday, the freeze warning kicks in and is expected to remain into effect until 9 a.m. Saturday. Scroll down for a list of counties included in each weather alert.
Rain is expected to develop early Friday morning when temperatures will be in the lower 40’s, according to the National Weather Service. But once the rain begins to fall, temperatures will quickly drop.
“We can expect rain in the morning, but by the afternoon, there is a very good chance it will turn to snow as the cold air slides into Houston,” FOX 26 Chief Meteorologist Dr. Jim Siebert said.
Northern portions of the Houston area can temperatures to drop to near- or below-freezing digits by the mid-afternoon, according to the weather service; central and inland coastal areas can expect to fall at or just below freezing by late afternoon Friday.
Weather models predict parts of the Houston area may experience up to 3 inches of snow, Dr. Jim said.
Most of the snow accumulations will be on grassy and elevated surfaces, according to the weather service.
“While the snow will be more on the fun side, the Freeze Warning is a bit more serious,” Dr. Jim said. “Whatever rain or snow that falls will all freeze by Friday evening and that means super icy roads, so be careful if you have to go anywhere.”
The Houston area also can expect below freezing temperatures to last up to 5 hours, while areas closer to the coast may experience it up to 3 hours.
Counties Under Winter Storm Watch:
- Fort Bend
Counties Under Freeze Warning:
- Fort Bend
- San Jacinto
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