Prepare Now as Harsh Winter Weather Approaches

An arctic cold front will move through the area Monday night bringing a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service,

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across southeast Texas.

Residents should monitor the forecasts, especially before the Tuesday morning commute and throughout the day for possible changing conditions, according to the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Driving conditions could become hazardous if accumulation occurs.

What to do

--Monitor Newsradio 740 KTRH and for 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 -- is expected at or around noon Tuesday-- 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 roads. 

Also, the greater Houston area is asked to remember the the “Four P’s”: 

--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. 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.

--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. 

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