Winter Storm Watch: Houston area could see icy mix late Thursday, Friday

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:44 AM

HOUSTON – The likelihood of a wintry mix in the Greater Houston area late Thursday and Friday is picking up steam, according to KHOU 11 Chief Meteorologist David Paul.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Thursday night until 3 p.m. Friday for Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.

An arctic air mass is expected to move into the Houston area early Thursday morning, bringing very light rain. Houston’s daytime temperatures will drop from the 60s into the 40s.

Periods of light rain may result in sleet or freezing rain, beginning Thursday night as temperatures drop below the freezing mark.

"It may stay cold enough in spots to see ice even through Friday afternoon," said Paul.

Snow flurries are possible in our northern counties, but it's not expected to stick.

Houston-area drivers are advised to use caution, especially on bridges and overpasses late Thursday and early Friday. The NWS says while rainfall will be light, even a small amount can cause icing.

TxDOT crews began spraying magnesium chloride on area highways overnight Thursday to help prevent icing. 

The last time Houston was under a Winter Storm Watch was on February 11, 2011.

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