About Winter Weather
Though the winters in Central Texas are often mild, winter weather still poses a major threat to our citizens and communities. Freezing rain, snow, and ice can be a fun, and often welcomed, change to the extreme heat experienced during the summer months. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared for the impact that freezing temperatures and other winter weather events can cause. Traffic within the region is drastically impacted by icy roadways and cold temperatures often lead to vehicle accidents, hypothermia, and house fires from improperly used space heaters.
Winter Weather Facts
- Make sure that your heaters are working properly, well ventilated, and are serviced regularly. Carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from heater malfunctions can be deadly!
- Avoid driving on overpasses and bridges, as they ice over faster than roadways.
- Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single, heavy layer. Water-repellent outer garments will ensure that your clothing stays warm and dry.
- Make sure that your animals have plenty of food and water and that their shelter is adequate to protect them from freezing temperatures.
- Winterize your car by replacing wiper blades, flushing the cooling system, and using antifreeze.
- Winterize your home by insulating drafty doorways. Wrap your pipes and keep faucets dripping inside the home when temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.