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Winter Storm Warning issued for the county - The Galveston County Daily News : News

October 24, 2014

Winter Storm Warning issued for the county

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:27 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Fri Jan 24, 2014.

A winter storm threatening to bring freezing rain, sleet and snow, has prompted the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning for our area.

A strong cold front should clear the coast by noon today, followed by increasingly strong winds and light rain. With temperatures expected to drop to near 30 over much, if not all, of the county by morning. Light freezing rain, sleet and some snow are possible through mid-day tomorrow, when rising temperatures will eliminate the icing threat.

Travel early tomorrow, especially on the mainland and points north will be extremely dangerous as ice accumulates on overpasses. Icing on the causeway will be a threat for early tomorrow and motorists are advised to check local conditions and the latest advisories.

If there is any good news with this storm, it is that temperatures will rise above freezing by around noon on Friday with clearing skies and comparatively milder conditions on Saturday. If it is any consolation, at least we are not facing the extreme weather seen on this day in 1940 when nearly an inch of ice, sleet and snow coated the county with the mercury plunging to a frigid 19 degrees.

At any rate, stay warm, protect pipes, pets and plants and avoid unnecessary travel.

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