According to the National Weather Service, an arctic cold front will move through the area tonight bringing a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across southeast Texas through Tuesday night.
Residents should monitor the forecasts, especially before the Tuesday morning commute and throughout the day for possible changing conditions. Driving conditions could become hazardous if accumulation occurs.
What you need to do:
Monitor local forecasts throughout the day, especially before you start driving. Listen to local officials for any road closures and safety information.
When temperatures drop below 32-degrees, even a thin layer of water on the roads and highways can turn to slick ice, making for dangerous driving conditions.
Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
Know your vehicle and how it operates. Not all cars respond the same to slippery
Remember to protect the “Four P’s”:
People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants and always follow these safety tips when using heating equipment.
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.
-Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
-Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
-Never use your oven to heat your home.
-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month.