What is the danger?
According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance for rain across southeast Texas beginning late Monday night after the passage of a strong cold front. As temperatures fall early Tuesday morning, there is a slight to moderate chance that mixed wintry precipitation could develop.
What you need to do:
Make sure your family stays safe during winter weather by preparing with these tips:
- Monitor local forecasts throughout the day, especially before you start driving. Listen to local officials for any road closures and safety information.
Cold weather preparation is easy – just remember to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes, and plants.
- Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
- If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
- Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
- Observe heater safety:
- Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
- Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
- Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
- Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
- Keep adequate food and water available.
- Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
- Wrap exposed faucets and pipes – including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
- Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
- For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.
Where you can learn more:
- Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
- Local Road Conditions: Houston Transtar
- State Road Conditions: DriveTexas.org