Arctic air from Canada is expected to bring frigid temperatures and wintry conditions in South Texas this weekend and stay into early next week.
The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi reports a large surface high has forced the arctic air down into the Great Plains and across Texas.
Due to this phenomena, colder air will sweep through the Coastal Bend area with dangerous wind chills and freezing rain Sunday and Monday.
Single digit wind chills and colder temperatures are expected Monday night into early Tuesday and wintry conditions on Wednesday night.
The weather service reports wind chills are expected to be around 10 to 20 degrees Saturday night.
Matt Ziebell, a senior meteorologist with the weather service, said Saturday’s high will be about 39 degrees in Corpus Christi.
He said the chance for freezing rain in the city is about 30 percent; however, those chances will increase over the weekend.
Ziebell said a second wave of arctic air will hit the Coastal Bend area Sunday night and continue early Monday morning. Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-20’s.
“Sunday night will definitely be the worst for wintry precipitation in the area,” he said. “We could expect winds picking up at 25 mph and wind chills between 10 to 20 degrees. Freezing rain and sleet will be possible.”
Ziebell said wintry conditions early next week will increase the potential of ice on roads and bridges, especially black ice.
“While TXDOT has treated some overpasses with solution, we could easily see a thin glaze of ice on area roads. Even cars covered with ice if left overnight on Sunday,” Ziebell said. “As the weather worsens, we recommend people avoid traveling and to stay updated on the latest forecasts.”
Winter weather watches and warnings:
Wind Chill Advisory: A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon Saturday across the Coastal Plains and Coastal Bend as wind chill readings of 20 to 25 degrees are expected.
Wind Chill Watch: A Wind Chill Watch is in effect Sunday evening until Tuesday morning for the Coastal Bend region. Wind chill values are expected to drop as low as 0 degrees north to 15 degrees south.
Freeze Watch: A Freeze Watch is in effect Sunday evening until Tuesday morning in the Coastal Bend region. Sub-freezing temperatures between 25 degrees and 14 degrees are possible.
Winter Storm Watch: A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday throughout South Texas (Corpus Christi, Rockport, Victoria, Port Lavaca, Alice, Freer, Tilden, Cotulla and Laredo). Mixed precipitation is possible, total ice accumulation up to 1/10 inch and freezing temperatures.
NOTE: A warning indicates those storm conditions are likely, while watch indicates forecasted conditions are possible.
10:57 a.m. Saturday: Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation employees cover trees in Bayfront Park ahead of the weekend winter weather.
10:50 a.m. Saturday: Mist surrounds the USS Lexington ahead of weekend winter weather.
9:40 a.m. Saturday: NWS reports some light freezing drizzle is possible across the Victoria Crossroads and far northern Coastal Plains Saturday morning. With temperatures around freezing, a very thin glaze of ice may develop on cars and other elevated surfaces.
6:36 a.m. Saturday: NWS reports winter weather will gears up Sunday night as another surge of Arctic air arrives. Wintry accumulations are possible over much of the region before ending Monday morning.
Lows Monday night could break records before temperatures moderate by mid-week.
6:33 a.m. Saturday: NWS reports rain chances will continue tonight with temperatures near or just above freezing in many locations. Some freezing rain or sleet is also possible well inland, but any accumulations should be very light.
Affected areas include Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Lavaca, Victoria, Beeville, Tilden, Cotulla, Laredo, Freer and Alice.
5:54 a.m. Saturday: NWS Corpus Christi reports a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon across the Coastal Plains and Coastal Bend as wind chill readings of 20 to 25 degrees are expected.
7:32 p.m. Friday:Harrison’s Landing will be closed Saturday, Feb. 13 through Tuesday, Feb. 16 due to inclement weather and the city’s decision to shut off power in the downtown marina in Corpus Christi, according to the eatery’s Instagram post.
The restaurant plans to reopen to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
It’s cold outside. Here’s how to take care of your pets.
During cold-weather events, pets should be sheltered inside the home. Outdoor pets should have a draft-free covered shelter large enough for them to move, but small enough to hold in body heat, Corpus Christi Animal Care Service said.
Blankets or towels should be provided to them.
Pets that spend more time outside will need more food, as cold weather depletes energy to keep them warm. Water should be fresh and not frozen. Plastic bowls should be used for food and water, as pets’ tongues can stick to metal, animal care said.
Pets should also be bundled up with a sweater.
People who see pets in need should call 361-826-2489. Overnight calls can be made to the non-emergency line at 361-886-2600.
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