Winter storm watch announced for Southeast Texas

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Winter storm watch announced for Southeast Texas

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 15:37
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Advisory issued for Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon

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As of Friday afternoon, Southeast Texas is under a Winter Storm Watch from the National Weather Service from Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

WHAT...Periods of snow, freezing rain and sleet will impact Southeast Texas. Snowfall amounts will total approximately 1-3" with the highest totals falling north of the Houston metro. Areas in and north of the Houston metro are also expected to receive 0.1-0.25" of accumulating ice. Areas south of the Houston metro, including the coast and barrier islands, may receive ice amounts of 0.1" or less.

WHERE...All of Southeast Texas.

WHEN...Precipitation will begin on Sunday afternoon as mainly rain, transitioning to sleet and freezing rain overnight and becoming a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain on Monday morning. Precipitation will taper off by Monday evening.



  • A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
  • Travel will be severely impacted by hazardous icy and snowy road conditions. Sporadic power outages will be a possibility. Pipes and sprinkler systems may burst if not properly cared for in advance. Do so now!
  • You should plan to stay put for at least a day given where you are Sunday night because travel may be extremely hazardous Monday.
  • Hypothermia will be a possibility for those not dressed appropriately. Brutally cold wind chill readings of -10 to 10 degrees will be likely Monday through Tuesday morning.
  • Remember the 4 P's: pipes, people, pets and plants. In addition, be aware of space heater dangers if not properly placed/used.

Areas affected include Austin and the surrounding counties as well as the cities of Columbus, Eagle Lake, Sealy and Bellville, among others