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Office of Emergency Management


Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Advisory Tonight and Thursday Morning

Posted February 9, 2011 10:47:07 AM CST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An arctic cold front will sweep across Southeast Texas today. Strong north winds will develop in the wake of the front. Temperatures will fall below freezing across the area as the front passes and remain below freezing until mid morning Thursday. Temperatures will bottom out in the upper teens to mid 20s tonight.

Wind advisory in effect from 8 am this morning to 5 P.M. CST this afternoon and hard freeze warning in effect from 6 pm this evening to 10 A.M. CST Thursday.

The national weather service in Houston/Galveston has issued a hard freeze warning which is in effect from 6 P.M. this evening to 10 A.M. Thursday morning. A wind advisory has also been issued. This wind advisory is in effect from 8 A.M. this morning to 5 P.M. this afternoon.

An arctic cold front will sweep across the area late this morning. Winds will shift to the north 20 to 30 MPH with gusts of 35 to 40 MPH as the front passes. Winds will decrease to 15 to 20 MPH around sunset.

Temperatures will quickly fall below freezing within a couple of hours following the frontal passage. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s this afternoon and bottom out in the lower 20s late tonight. Gusty winds will combine with the cold temperatures to result in wind chills of 10 to 15 degrees tonight and early Thursday.

Remember to take care of plants, pets, pipes, and people. Also remember to winterize or drain your sprinkler systems as they will be prone to the elements as well.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Drivers of vans, campers, trailers, and other high-profile vehicles should be alert to the danger of these winds; especially when driving along east to west oriented roads.

A hard freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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