What is the danger?
The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread freezing temperatures across the region this weekend. Hazardous icy precipitation is mostly expected in areas outside of Harris County.
Saturday night and Sunday morning will be the coldest of the season with a long period of below freezing temperatures and a hard freeze may be possible as far south as the Highway 59 corridor including the northern half of Harris County.
Surface temperatures will likely drop into the upper 20s both Saturday and Sunday mornings with wind chills into the teens.
What you need to do:
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management reminds area residents to take precautions to protect life and property during winter weather, including checking on elderly, taking care of pets and livestock, protecting plants and exposed plumbing.
The primary danger from freezing weather is to People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants (the 4 P’s). Residents should take steps to protect their family, pets and property from the impact of freezing temperatures. Recommended actions to do so are listed here:
- 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.
It is also recommended that you prepare your car for winter. Have your car serviced and add antifreeze as needed. Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.
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