Update on Arctic Air Outbreak

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The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues to a monitor for the potential of winter weather impacting Harris County Thursday through Saturday. Fortunately, precipitation is not in the forecast, so we do not anticipate impediments to the transportation infrastructure. The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) reports they do not foresee impacts to traffic on their toll road systems, but they will monitor the roadways, particularly the elevated portions, and will be ready to respond accordingly.

A primary concern of our industry partners is planned rolling black-outs. We enjoy a robust relationship with ERCOT and our local energy providers and we have not been made aware of planned outages. More information on ERCOT and grid conditions can be found at https://www.ercot.com/.

HCOHSEM Operations Section does not anticipate the need for an Industry Brief Conference Call, but we’ll continue to monitor the event and will consider a call if conditions warrant.

The NWS held a winter weather briefing with regional emergency managers at 1300 this afternoon. A link to the recording of the webinar and a PDF of the associated slides are included below.

Recorded Briefing Slides

Information for the winter weather is available through multiple media sources, so we do not plan to continue with ongoing updates unless conditions change and warrant additional updates.

Blake and I are available to all our partners to support response or to answer questions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Keep safe and stay warm!


Sent by Victoria Clifton, EHCMA, on behalf of:

David W. Wade
Industrial Liaison
Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
713-881-3100 Office
713-545-9299 Mobile