Houston forecast: Hard Freeze Warning in effect until Thursday morning


by khou.com staff


Posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM

HOUSTON – The National Weather Service placed the entire Houston area under a Hard Freeze Warning that is effective until 10 a.m. Thursday.

11 News Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman said northern communities like Huntsville should get down to the upper-teens in the early morning hours, with wind chills from 5-10 degrees.

Closer to Houston, he said the lows should dip to the low-to-mid 20s, and it will feel even colder than that because of the wind.

Even along the coast, lows were expected to drop into the 20s with wind chills between 12 and 17 degrees.

“Thursday we’ll struggle to get out of the 40s,” Norman said. “We’ll have the sun, but it will be very chilly out there.”

Though no more precipitation is expected, anything left over on the roads early Thursday morning could cause some trouble.

Norman said the roads never became much of an issue Wednesday -- even though there was sleet and freezing rain in many parts of the Greater Houston area -- because the ground never got cold enough.

Some residents in the Katy area were dealing with power outages Wednesday. The company blamed the outages on high winds and an accumulation of ice on power lines.

The weather is expected to slowly warm up as the week comes to an end.

"The high pressure settling in will bring in the sunshine Thursday, and we’ll finally begin to thaw out," Norman said.

On Friday, lows will be in the 20s with sunny highs in the 50s.

On Saturday, lows will creep into the 30s with highs in the 60s, and finally on Sunday, we should get above the freezing mark and stay there.