Monday, November 28

Live weather updates for Houston, rest of state


This story will be updated throughout the day with the latest coverage on the Texas winter storm, as information becomes available. To receive live updates, sign up for our Breaking News newsletter or download the Houston Chronicle mobile app.

3:02 p.m. Local aid agencies and first responders are ready for what could be high demand for bunks in local shelters, as outdoor conditions deteriorate.

2:55 p.m. Nobody panic, the county will stay take your money.

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Ann Harris Bennett announced Thursday that all Tax Office locations closed at 2 pm and will reopen at 10 am Friday, weather permitting.

“Call center employees are safely working from home and are available to assist customers,” Bennett said in a release. “Additionally, a large number of employees are also working at home continuing to perform their normal operational duties. Auto registration renewals and property tax payments may be made online 24/7.”

For online payments, go to www.hctax.net

2:48 p.m. As temperatures drop across the region, officials are warning that the critical time for safety and the stability of electrical grids will start when the sun (yes, it is still up there above the clouds) sets.

While the freezing rain and temperatures remain the greatest worry, leading to some expansion of local weather warnings. officials with the National Weather Service continue to stress the severity of the pending storm is not as significant as the arctic blast that burst pipes and crippled Texas one year ago.

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2:12 p.m. Wet weather is making its way across East Texas, but officials are warning that subfreezing temperatures will make travel in central and northern parts of the state difficult for days to come.

Austin police said most of the area is covered in ice, and temperatures are not expected to help melt anything until Friday.

2:00 p.m. Opinions can differ, but Houston Public Works and others are decidedly in the don’t drip camp.

While the outlook for treacherously terrible temperatures varies around the region, officials are urging everyone to take the proper precautions and make sure their health and the health of pets is paramount.

1:00 pm Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday the state power grid was holding up well amid the ongoing cold front, with about 10,000 megawatts of excess supply expected early Friday when the storm is set to peak, writes Houston Chronicle reporter Jeremy Blackman.

About 70,000 households were without power Thursday morning, mostly from downed power lines and icy local conditions. While projected peak electricity demand had risen from earlier estimates, Abbott said there should still be plenty of power to avoid a system-wide failure as happened last year.

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12:45 p.m. A mix of freezing rain and sleet is falling north of Harris County, and it will slowly begin to spread south, the National Weather Service’s Houston/Galveston office said.

The coast is experiencing light rain and drizzle.

12:30 pm Starting at 2 pm, the National Weather Service will expand its winter weather advisory to the US 59 corridor, which includes most of the city of Houston. By 8 pm, this advisory will include all of Harris County and inland portions of Liberty, Galveston, Brazoria, Matagorda, and Jackson counties.

The main concerns for the greater Houston area are freezing rain and sleet. A winter weather advisory is issued for one or more of the following: snow of 3 to 5 inches in 12 hours, sleet accumulation up to 1/4 inch, freezing rain in combination with sleet and/or snow, or blowing snow.

Other parts of the state started seeing winter weather conditions earlier.

As of 7 am, a winter storm warning (more severe than an advisory) was in effect for Burleson, Brazos, Madison, and Houston counties where over an eighth of an inch of ice accumulation was expected.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area was reporting treacherous road conditions.

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The Austin/San Antonio area reported freezing rain.

12:00 pm Does today’s forecast make you uneasy? You’re not alone.

It’s common for people who’ve lived through traumatic events to recall these emotions — especially when that event’s anniversary approaches, John Vincent, professor of psychology at the University of Houston and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, previously told the Houston Chronicle.

“When the next year rolls around and it’s a similar time, you remember what that felt like,” he said.

Houston Chronicle reporter Hannah Dellinger shared her experience on Twitter.

11:45 a.m. The National Weather Service needs your help in measuring ice buildup.

“As we go through this freezing rain and sleet event it will greatly help us to know how much ice accretion you get in your area (if any),” Dan Reilly, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Houston/Galveston office, said in an email.

The below graphic can help you take measurements. It’s also helpful to provide a general description, such as if there are icy spots on sidewalks or if tree branches are coated in ice. This information can be submitted using the following form: https://forms.gle/qwqXP9hFVBrnesYt9

The National Weather Service's Houston/Galveston office shared this graphic for measuring ice accretion.

The National Weather Service’s Houston/Galveston office shared this graphic for measuring ice accretion.

National Weather Service’s Houston/Galveston office


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