Last week, most everything shut down, but some apparently not soon enough. This time around, no one in the city our county is taking any chances. Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Annise Parker announced separately on Monday that both county and city offices would close Tuesday. They along with the Texas Department of Public Safety are encouraging people to not be out on roadways Tuesday. As winter weather moves in gradually throughout the morning, what may not look like a winter storm early could turn into one later can trap people at work or, worse yet, on frozen roadways.
Even the jails have canceled visitation, so that tells you something.
Additionally, most schools in the area including Houston Independent School District will be shut down on Tuesday. METRO has even closed Park and Ride operations as well as HOV lanes. The entire area is clearly in hunker down mode, which is one level up from "be vigilant" and one down from "OK, go ahead and panic."
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But, in all seriousness, your best bet is to stay home if you can. Forecasts are calling for deteriorating conditions throughout the day with the potential for glazing on roadways -- not just bridges and overpasses -- by the afternoon and possibly lasting into Wednesday morning.