Harris County Alerts

Winter Weather Update-Hard Freeze in Effect for Harris County

Jan 16, 2018 Back

What is the danger?

According to the National Weather Service, a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory have been issued for all of southeast Texas through Wednesday morning.



Low temperatures overnight tonight are expected to stay below freezing with wind chill values in the single digits to low teens. Temperatures should climb through the day Wednesday, reaching above freezing by mid-afternoon. Precipitation is expected to end within the next 6 hours or so.

Many roadways continue to be closed due to icy conditions. Updates on the latest road conditions can be found at https://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/ or at http://drivetexas.org.

What you should do:

The American Red Cross has two warming centers set to be open through 8 a.m. Wednesday: 

  • South Main Baptist Church - 4100 South Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
  • Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church - 2801 Conti Street, Houston, TX 77020

Remember to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes, and plants.

  • People:
    • 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. 
  • Pets:
    • Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
    • Keep adequate food and water available.
  • Pipes:
    • 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.
  • Plants:
    • 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:

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