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Freezing rain, ice, sleet and snow will impact the City

What is going on?

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for Houston from 9:00pm Thursday until 3:00pm Friday due to the mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow expected to impact our area. 

Cold air mixed with precipitation may cause ice to form across the City.  Temperatures early Friday morning will dip into the 20s. This mix of cold temperatures and rain/sleet may cause ice to form on roadways, and create dangerous conditions for drivers.

The cold temperatures also pose a threat to people and pets, with hypothermia being the main concern.  Exposed pipes may freeze in cold conditions, and plants may die as a result exposure to cold temperatures.

What can I do to stay safe?

The City of Houston is asking residents to remain off the roads as much as possible as these conditions occur.  Talk with your employer about working from homeon Friday, to avoid the need for driving in this weather.

  • Protect yourself from the cold by ensuring that you are properly layered.  This includes protecting hands, face, legs and feet.  Outdoor exercise is not advised during these temperatures, both due to ice and cold.
  • Bring pets indoors while these conditions exist.
  • Protect exposed outdoor pipes by using commercially-available pipe insulators, or use rags or other cloth to insulate the pipes. You should also open cabinets under sinks in cold areas of your home to ensure that heaters penetrate those areas. Do not leave faucets running, as this can create lower water pressure within the system.
  • Cover sensitive plants by covering them with sheets, or bringing them indoors.

Where can I go for information?

You can follow the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) on social media (TwitterFacebook, visit, or sign up for AlertHouston ( for up to the minute information on weather conditions and impacts to the City.

For updates on this situation, visit the City of Houston Emergency Information Site at