When even the pros are sliding around Houston you know its bad. This morning eighteen wheelers, sand trucks, and even ambulance drivers where having accidents. The first of a series of ice storms swept across the area beginning at 1am. The storm left approximately 1/4" of ice on roads and bridges. Interstate 59 was closed all the way from El Campo to Richmond. The ice storm moved through Houston and on to Galveston causing power failures for up to 7000 on the South side of the Island. As the ice fell so did the fortunes of many drivers. A total of 100 accidents where reported in approximately 4 hours.
Snow lovers will have to travel to San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, or Waco to see the winter wonderland they dream of. A light dusting did manage to skirt our viewers to the North in Brenham, Navasota, Lake Conroe, Huntsville, Crockett, Spring and Cleveland. Up to a half inch of snow fell in this region of southeast Texas.
Dangerous ice could redevelop tonight as any moisture that doesn't evaporate today will refreeze and ice up overnight especially on overpasses. A sunny outlook for super bowl Sunday takes us away from the effects of old man winter.