Rolling blackouts are what we awoke to this morning in Houston. The outdoor thermometer read 26° and the power companies are struggling to keep pace with demand. The house was still warm and it certainly wasn’t the end of the world — this New England Yankee can handle some cold! But my cats seemed to know something was different (lots of pacing and meowing)…and it was. Southeast Texas hasn’t been this cold in quite some time. But perhaps even more unusual is the coming 60-72 hours: only briefly will this part of Texas be above freezing through Saturday. We’ve had freezing temperatures before of course, but this type of prolonged cold is quite unusual. Add the snow and sleet expected to begin later tomorrow and this will be the beginning of many “I remember the February snow of 2011” stories. And by the way, not just Houstonians will be telling those stories — this Arctic outbreak is reaching across two-thirds of the country.
The latest graphics from ImpactWeather’s StormWatch team are posted below and don’t forget to watch our latest video with ImpactWeather’s Chris Hebert.