Hard Freeze Warning for Houston

Updated 9:55 p.m. CST, Jan. 17, 2018 — The hard freeze warning includes the following counties and cities in Texas.  See NWS details below:

“Brazos-Burleson-Chambers-Grimes-Harris-Houston-Liberty-Madison-
Montgomery-Polk-San Jacinto-Trinity-Walker-Waller-Washington-
Including the cities of Anahuac, Brenham, Brookshire, Bryan,
Caldwell, Cleveland, Coldspring, College Station, Conroe,
Corrigan, Crockett, Dayton, Groveton, Hempstead, Houston, Humble,
Huntsville, Katy, Lake Somerville, Liberty, Livingston,
Madisonville, Mont Belvieu, Navasota, Onalaska, Pasadena,
Prairie View, Shepherd, The Woodlands, Tomball, Trinity, Willis,
and Winnie
926 PM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

…HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST
THURSDAY…

* EVENT…Hard freeze with temperatures ranging from 15 degrees
over the far north to the mid 20`s elsewhere.

* TIMING…Temperatures will remain below freezing through mid
Thursday morning.”

Posted earlier today

Another night of below freezing temperatures for the Houston area and surrounding counties. This afternoon the National Weather Service Houston Galveston issued this Hard Freeze Warning for Harris County and surrounding counties. Overnight temperatures are forecast to plunge into the low teens and low 20’s.  The hard freeze is from 9 p.m. Wednesday (tonight) through 9 a.m. Thursday.  NWS advises to protect people, pets, pipes and plants. The City of Houston and the American Red Cross, churches and nonprofit groups have opened warming centers. One is at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 South Main Street in Houston.  Call 311 for a ride to a warming center. Graphic courtesy: NWS Twitter

This afternoon Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted “Still need drivers to be careful with ice on the roads tonight, especially on bridges, overpasses.”

Planes continued to be de-iced at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday afternoon as airlines resume their normal schedules.

Houston Independent School District tweeted all schools and offices will reopen Thursday.

With clear, sunny skies today, Houston thawed a little. As the sun came out, people headed back out. Traffic on major highways came to a stop or was delayed due to icy conditions on sections of the Southwest Freeway, Highway 59. Traffic crawled around 9:45 a.m. today at 610 West South Loop near North and South Braeswood and Post Oak in Meyerland.

For a second day, many schools remained closed. Businesses like the Chick-Fil-A Meyerland closed yesterday and reopened later today. By this afternoon, it was business as usual in metro Houston. The Harris County Toll Road Authority waived fees until noon today due to the ice, snow and sleet that fell Tuesday. Houston’s Metro buses also resumed service Wednesday afternoon. Houston’s diverse, ethnic business communities along Bellaire Boulevard, Chinatown and Asia Town also were back up to speed this afternoon.

The Aguilar family got out to enjoy the sunshine and this frozen tree with icicles at 5920 Bellaire Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

For weather and school reopening updates, tune into local stations, the National Weather Service, NWS social media.

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