HOUSTON -- Anotherhard freeze warning was issued for theHouston area from 9 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

We are going to be below 32-degrees for at least 14 to 17 hours, said KHOU 11 Meteorologist Brooks Garner.

In fact, most areas we'll see temperatures in the 20s or lower forat least 10 hours.

The forecast low for Bush IAH Tuesday is21 degrees. Therecordfor Jan. 7 is 19degreesset in 1970.

Garner said northern counties could dip into the teens.

There is no precipitation associated with the arctic system.

Later this week is looking warmer with daytime temperatures in the 60s.

For many places across the United States, it's been 20 years since this kind of cold has descended into the states from the North Pole through Canada, and officials continue to warn people the subzero temperatures and wind chills are not to be trifled with. Decades-old low temperature records are expected to fall and wind chill warnings stretch from Montana to Alabama.

Tim Akins and his wife Shere braved the temperatures Monday evening with their 5-year-old grandson to buy insulation for their well at a Conroe Home Depot.

It chills you to the bone, even when you open the door, it chills you to the bone before you even walk into it, Shere said.

Harris County Emergency Management warns that residents should take the following precautions when prepping for the freeze:

Protect people

  • Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
  • If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
  • Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.

Observe heater safety:

  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.

Protect pets

Protect pipes

  • Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
  • Wrap exposed faucets and pipes - including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.

Protect plants

  • Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
  • For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.

County officials also recommended that residents prepare their vehicles for winter by having their cars serviced and adding antifreeze as needed.

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