HOUSTON – An arctic blast is pushing through the U.S. and moving into southeast Texas with temperatures getting colder through the weekend, so Valentine’s Day doesn’t look like it’ll be warming many hearts this year.
A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Washington and Grimes Counties along with areas north and west of College Station until 4 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are falling below 32 degrees and a wintry mixture is beginning to fall in some areas.
There are reports of ice on the roads, so be very careful heading northwest of Houston.
Elsewhere, it’s cold rain as the band moves through southeast Texas along with cold thunderstorms.
Temperatures are above freezing in most spots.
Some areas will see temperatures drop to freezing by Saturday night.
Temperatures will then drop further from Sunday through Tuesday morning with some areas seeing lows in the low 20s, possibly teens.
A possible winter storm will affect Texas, including the greater Houston area, beginning late Sunday night, Feb. 14 or early Monday, Feb. 15.
There is increased confidence for winter precipitation like freezing rain, sleet, and snow Sunday night into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecast uncertainty remains on the possibility of winter precipitation towards the middle of next week.
Monday evening looks to be the coldest night of the upcoming stretch, with most spots dropping into the teens to lower 20s. The stretch of below-freezing temperatures is likely to continue through next Wednesday.
WHEN WILL IT BE COLDEST?
The forecast low for Monday night in Houston is 15° and that is the coldest since 1989. The record low for Houston is 5° set way back on Jan.18, 1930.
We run the risk of experiencing a hard freeze area-wide. This could be a significant freeze; one we haven’t seen in years.
The last major freeze in Houston was Jan. 16-18, 2018, when the low temperatures dropped to 25, 19, and 21 degrees, respectively.
There are several potential dangers when winter weather hits. Long periods of below-freezing weather can be hazardous for people, pets, plants, and pipes.
People and pets should stay warm and indoors. Water pipes are likely to freeze and burst, so should be treated to prevent serious damage. Plants that aren’t cold-hardy could suffer and die.
When winter weather strikes no matter where you are, there are four things that you need to consider and think about before the cold chill hits.
The roadways could be potentially dangerous Sunday night through Tuesday. During icy conditions, roads, bridges and elevated structures will likely be impacted.
DPS urges motorists to pay attention to quickly changing weather conditions and prepare for possible road and bridge closures.
If you must hit the roadways, there are steps you can take now to prepare your vehicle to drive in snow and ice.
Preparing your car and driving tips for icy roads
Drivers can take steps now to prepare their vehicles to drive in snow and ice.