Very cold conditions in Houston, with ice just to our west and north

Good morning. Houston’s chilly and gray weather will continue for several more days. For the most part the cold and wet conditions will be mostly a nuisance, but we do have some concerns about the potential for icing in far north and west parts of the Houston metro area. Some sunshine will finally return to the region on Friday, with mostly clear skies prevailing through the weekend. Soak it up!

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Coastal areas are seeing some patchy sea fog this morning, and this may persist over the seas until mid-morning. Lows have dropped into the upper 30s in Houston, and we’re only going to warm into the mid-40s today beneath cloudy skies. North winds, gusting to 15 or 20 mph, will not help it feel any warmer. Light, scattered showers will be possible today and tonight, but any accumulations will be slight. Lows overnight will drop into the mid- to upper-30s in the Houston metro area.

Hazardous conditions may be found on roads west and north of Houston. (National Weather Service)

As you drive west and north of Houston, particularly past Katy, Waller, and Huntsville, icing may start to become a concern on elevated roads and bridges tonight. Those concerns will become more acute to the west of Columbus and northwest of College Station where conditions will be colder. A major winter icing event is presently unfolding in Central Texas, particularly along the I-35 corridor in places such as Austin and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These conditions may persist through Wednesday night for Central Texas, and travel should be avoided if at all possible.


Highs on Wednesday may only reach about 40 degrees in Houston, with continued gray skies. Showers will start to become more numerous on Wednesday afternoon and overnight in the Houston region, but again I’m not expecting too much in the way of heavy rainfall. This is good because our soils are already pretty wet, and cold grounds do not absorb much moisture. Any rain that falls will run off, and a few low-lying streets may flood, but I don’t anticipate serious disruptions from these mid-week showers. Lows on Wednesday night may actually be a few degrees warmer than Wednesday night, in the low 40s.


Expect more gray skies and rain chances, but these should end later in the day as a cold front moves into the area and drives low pressure away. Overall accumulations for precipitation this week likely will be on the order of 0.25 to 1 inch, with a slight risk of 1 to 2 inches for areas north of Interstate 10. Highs Thursday will be somewhere in the mid-40s, with lows dropping to around 40 degrees Thursday night.
NOAA rain accumulation forecast for now through Friday. (Weather Bell)


Some sunshine, finally. Skies should clear out on Friday morning, helping to push highs in the mid-50s. Lows Friday night will drop into the upper 30s in Houston, with a few inland areas possibly seeing a light freeze.

Low temperature forecast for Saturday morning in Houston. (Weather Bell)

Saturday and Sunday

Both days should see partly to mostly sunny conditions, with highs Saturday of around 60 degrees, and perhaps the upper 60s on Sunday as the onshore flow gets going.

Next week

It looks like a warming trend will continue into about Tuesday, when some rain showers will be possible ahead of the next front. At this point, these rains look mostly light. We’ll just have to wait and see.

14 thoughts on “Very cold conditions in Houston, with ice just to our west and north”

  1. Great day to be working in an office building where the heat has been out for over a year. It’s 60 degrees in my office and going down….

  2. I have plans to drive to Austin tomorrow morning and from there San Antonio that evening. Should I avoid Austin and San Antonio tomorrow? My plans were to drive back Thursday morning.

    • If you do not mind driving into counties under Winter Weather Advisory and into Austin and San Antonio which is under a Winter Storm Warning, then go for it. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, because there may be dozens of miles of highway and freeway where you will be going 30 miles per hour. If seeing dozens of vehicles that skidded off the side of the highway every quarter of a mile does not bother you, then go for it. It will possibly take forever driving in a Volkswagen Bus. Good luck.

    • Mark, I have been closely watching the temps, road conditions and forecast for that area because a loved one is driving from San Antonio, San Marcos and Kyle in this. Wednesday is the ABSOLUTE WORST day to travel. Temps will be below freezing for over 15 hours, it is raining, sleeting and even snowing along the I-35 corridor as I type this (Wednesday 1:00am) and it will continue to drop freezing rain all night until about 5am. TxDOT is indicating that heavy icing/snow conditions persist all day Wednesday but should be clear by noon Thursday.

      If it can wait until Thursday, that’s what I’d do. Because it doesn’t matter how carefully YOU drive on ice. If anyone else you share the road with is clueless, you’ll suffer their consequences also.

  3. It’s interesting how these computers can sometimes predict a hurricanes and tornadoes several days in advance, and other times miss how far a front will advance by a hundred miles and miss the temperature by 15 degrees only 2 days before.

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