Harris County Alerts

Winter Weather Update 1/17/18

Jan 17, 2018 Back

What is the danger?

A Hard Freeze Warning, Wind Chill Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory are in effect until 10 a.m. Icy conditions on many area roadways, overpasses and bridges will persist this morning resulting in a continuation of road closures. Temperatures will once again drop below freezing by 6 p.m. this evening.

Residents are encouraged to monitor forecasts hourly for changing conditions and exercise caution. Avoid driving until conditions improve.

 

What you should do:

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.

 

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