According to KBMT’s meteorologist Patrick Vaughn, an Arctic cold front will drive through SE Texas late Thursday. Temperatures will plummet Thursday night, with winds gusting to nearly 40 mph.
In the Golden Triangle on Friday morning, temperatures will be in the middle to upper teens. Wind chills will be in the single digits, and there will be a freeze duration of 20+ hours.
The City of Orange Office of Emergency Management would like to remind citizens that winter storms have the capability to bring cold temperatures, power failures, and icy roads. Please view the following tips to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe:
- Insulate exterior pipes that run along outer walls to prevent freezing
- Know how to shut off water valves in the event a pipe bursts
- Provide adequate shelter to keep pets warm and ensure they have access to unfrozen water and food
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or charcoal-burning device inside or in any partially enclosed area
- Never use a gas stove/oven for a heating source – this could cause carbon monoxide poisoning
- Keep space heaters AT LEAST 3 feet from all objects
- Have a flashlight and blankets in place in the event of power failures