Temperatures across Texas have begun to dip to near record lows with Dallas expected to see a low of just 4 degrees Monday and Houston will drop to 16 degrees. San Antonio, Lubbock, Amarillo will also enter the Polar Vortex freezer and even always warm Corpus Christi will drop to 23 degrees. Only Brownsville at the extreme southern end of Texas will escape freezing temperatures will lows expected only in the 40’s.
Meteorologist have warned residents to cover their pipes in their homes and said snow is likely across much of Texas. While Dallas has salt trucks, most of Texas, including Houston, Austin, and San Antonio do not have salt trucks or snow plows, not even small pick up trucks from private businesses. School closings are possible and many businesses have been warning employees that don’t need to come in to do this work should stay home.
Homeless shelters are preparing to open or expand the number of emergency weather beds they have available. Officials from the Humane Society have asked and reminded pet owners to make sure they bring their cats, dogs birds and other friends inside during the coldest part of the unusual weather from Sunday through Wednesday.
Officials from Texas’ two major hubs, DFW and Houston’s Bush Intercontinental said they have planned in advance and have plenty of de-icers for airplanes and will be treating the runways to prevent snow and ice build up so that flights can continue safely.