Ice Storm II -- It Cometh Again? (With a Closings List)
Photo by Abrahan Garza
The forecasters got everything right about the big snowstorm that hit us last week, except for the fact it didn't include snow.
It did include plenty of dangerous icy road conditions, though. Get ready: The sequel is here.
It's been drizzling all day and will continue on and off, and the moisture is not likely to disappear from the roads by the time temperatures get below freezing, which might be just in time for the afternoon rush hour.
TxDOT spokeswoman Karen Othon says, "As early as 10:30 a.m., scout teams in Montgomery and Waller counties identified overpasses and bridge structures with initial formations of ice and have begun de-icing operations."
We're not expected to get as much precipitation as last week, so don't expect the same Armageddon. Lows tonight should be 23 degrees or so. (You know the drill -- don't follow these suggestions.)
On the other hand, it only takes one patch of ice on a bridge or overpass to ruin a car and welcome you to the hassle of insurance claims.
There's a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m., and the Houston Office of Emergency Management tweets that there's a "possibility of icing conditions as early as 3pm this afternoon."
Drive safely, people. As DPS puts it: "Use caution, slow down, increase your following distance, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Also, if possible, avoid driving on elevated structures because they often contain ice that you cannot see."
What the hell, let's begin the closings list, which we'll update as warranted:
Schools Brenham ISD dismissing today at 12:30. Channelview ISD: Afteschool activities canceled. Cy-Fair ISD has canceled today's afterschool activities and will make a decision on tomorrow by 5 a.m. Fort Bend ISD has canceled afterschool activities and has early dismissal for elementary and middle school. Houston ISd has canceled all afterschool activities today Sealy ISD dismissing early.
The Houston Public Library is closing its branches as of 4:30 p.m.
Metro Says it "will be providing normally scheduled Park & Ride and local transit services this afternoon but due to weather conditions on local freeways and overpasses delays and longer trip times are expected."