Harris County Alerts

Winter Weather Update for Tuesday Morning (1/16/18)

Jan 15, 2018 Back

What is the danger?

According to the National Weather Service, an arctic cold front will move through the area tonight bringing a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet.  A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for multiple counties including Harris County and surrounding counties. It will be in effect from 3:00 am Tuesday to midnight on Wednesday.  

Residents should monitor the forecasts, especially before the Tuesday morning commute and throughout the day for possible changing conditions. Driving conditions could become hazardous if accumulation occurs. 


  • Several area school districts, including Houston Independent School District, have already canceled classes for tomorrow. Check with your school district and monitor local media for updates.
  • Harris County Offices may be closed tomorrow due to the weather. Please call before going to any locations for services.
  • Harris County officials have decided that jury calls are canceled for tomorrow.


What you need to do:

Monitor local forecasts throughout the day for changing conditions, especially before you start driving. Listen to local officials for any road closures and safety information.

When temperatures drop below 32-degrees, even a thin layer of water on the roads and highways can turn to slick ice, making for dangerous driving conditions.

  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brakes
  • Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
  • Know your vehicle and how it operates.  Not all cars respond the same to slippery roads.  


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.


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