Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Winter Storm Situation in Texas
The blue is a winter weather advisory for travelers for snow and sleet. The turquoise is a winter storm watch (a potentially more serious situation) for snow/sleet/freezing rain.
With regard to timing, the precipitation will be mostly liquid until around sunset Thursday. Accumulations will occurring during the night make the Friday morning commute long and difficult! If you have to be at work and you live a long way from work you may wish to consider staying in a hotel.
If you have a flight, consider that these airports do not have deicing fluid in abundance and they don't have a lot in the way of snow removal equipment. Time for Part I (before the storm starts) of my how to handle commercial air travel when a storm is forecast. Trust me: This advice is excellent. If you can fly before the storm begins (the info at the link explains how) you are far better off doing so.
A personal note: I have been in Texas during an ice storm and during snow: This could get real ugly as people in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston are, ahem, not used to driving in winter weather. And, based my experience, there are a few drivers who apparently believe the way to drive on an ice-coated highway is to speed up. No, I'm not kidding.
Please plan ahead and take it easy.