Hard Freezing Warning in effect for tonight for much of the area
Another freeze is expected Friday night
Light precipitation in the form of snow flurries is ending over the northern portions of the area. Skies will slowly clear this evening and allow temperatures to fall well below freezing yet again across the area. According to Harris County Meteorologist Jeff Lindner, here’s what you can expect depending on how far inland you are.
- HWY 105 and north: mid to upper 10’s
- HWY 105-I-10: 20-25
- South of I-10: 23-30
Temperatures will warm into the upper 30’s to mid 40’s on Friday across the region under sunny skies. Another high pressure system will settle over the area Friday night. So expect another very cold night below freezing.
- HWY 105 and north: low 20’s
- HWY 105-I-10: 26-29
- South of I-10: 27-32
After Saturday morning, a sustained warming trend will begin over the region. Lindner expects no additional freezes. This prolonged, extensive arctic outbreak should conclude.
Saturday and Beyond
The National Weather Service predicts the following for this weekend and next week.
Sunny, with a high near 55. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunny, with a high near 58.
Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
Sunny, with a high near 64.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.
Thoughts and Prayers
This outbreak gives a new meaning to the phrase “cold snap.” Many people DID snap under the prolonged stress of COVID, power outages, prolonged freezing temperatures, water shortages, broken pipes, school closures and more. Just when you ask, “How can it get any worse”, it does. Now more than ever, neighbors need each other for emotional and physical support.
Don’t Jump to Conclusions
Now is not the time to jump to conclusions about what caused this debacle.
Some brave souls are already blaming the crisis on global warming. I’m more inclined to examine the proximate causes. For example, why did so much generating capacity disappear so suddenly? I’m already working on an article with Chris Coulter of Texas Power Agents.
More news to follow.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 2/18/2021
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