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DRIVING ON SLICK OR ICY ROADS

Harris County's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (OHSEM) reminds motorists that when temperatures reach at or just above 32-degrees, a thin layer of water on the roads and highways can turn to slick ice, making for dangerous driving conditions.

OHSEM offers the following driving tips to motorists traveling slick or icy roads:

Know your vehicle and how it operates. Not all cars respond the same to slippery roads. Knowing how to handle your vehicle and how it responds in various weather conditions is important.

Always maintain a good distance from vehicles in front of you. The most important thing to remember when driving on slick roads is that you must travel, steer and brake more slowly than usual. The distance needed to stop on ice is twice as long as that you would need to brake under normal driving circumstances. This means you should keep at least a three-car distance from the vehicle directly in front of you.

Recognize Danger Zones:

Intersections -- Slow down before reaching an intersection. Scan all directions for cars and pedestrians.

Curves -- Reduce speed before entering a curve.

Bridges - Ice forms on bridges and freeways so reduce speed and use precaution.

Never brake while driving on ice. If you are approaching a patch of ice, brake during your approach. Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will only throw you into a skid.

Finally, always buckle up and use extra caution when driving in slick or icy conditions.

You can monitor road conditions on the Houston TranStar Web site:

http://www.houstontranstar.org

Or, monitor conditions on the Texas Department of Transportation Web site: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm.

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Chron is running a headline proclaiming the possibility it could sleet or snow in Houston as soon as today (Linky).

How long has it been since the last snow in Houston? Five years maybe?

2004, and some girl skanky chick on my facebook said it snowed today, but I have not seen it yet.

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It snowed on Christmas Eve 2004, I believe. I was at my parents in Katy when it started snowing mid afternoon. Enough to make some snowballs.

The Love Child was 3, and it really warped her expectations for snow on Christmas. I remember taking her to my ex's on Christmas eve. There was fresh snow on all the cars, so we had a little snowball fight. I suggested making a snowball to show momma, so she did that. As soon as my ex opened the door, the Love Child pegged her right in the face with it. It was too funny.

Now she thinks there's a good chance it will snow every Christmas.

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Say WHAT ? :huh:

No no no, it's Kimberly. . .Say WHAT!?

Wish it would warm up already. Cold wheather depresses me. Even if it's beautiful outside.

You can't claim something is depressing and beautiful at the same time, that's just unrealistic. ;)

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You can't claim something is depressing and beautiful at the same time, that's just unrealistic. ;)

Ah, whatever. I mean even when it's gorgeous outside but still chilly, it gets me a little down. I just don't like the cold, period. The only thing I like about the cold is that I can drink hot tea all day long and I like hot tea. In the summer I'm good if I can get one cup in at breakfast.

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Coming home from Montgomery County early this morning (4 am), I hit a slick patch of road...but only once. My car thermometer read 35 degrees, so I am not even convinced that the one slick area was ice, but the truck did slide a few feet. The weirdest part was that for the first time since I've owned the truck, my temperature gauge alternated between the temp and the word "ice". Don't know how or why it did that. It stopped after about 20 seconds. Now I'm wondering if it was my imagination.

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you know, a lot of people felt christmas has been coming waay to quick this year, with Ike taking a lot of peoples time and patience to thanksgiving being late this year.

this snow just, atleast for me, makes me feel like christmas is actually almost here.

besides the cold, a lot of Houstonians need this. to keep spirits high.

im loving every bit of it ^_^

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So I guess this is going to kill everything and we're going to have a brown winter now instead of a green one. Yuck!

The trachycarpus fortunei (aka Chinese Windmill Palm Tree) in your first photo will actually enjoy this snow much more than the typical summer heat you find in Texas. It's native to areas that get decent snow falls. Some subtropical plants may defoliate, but this snow will not be as hard on many plants as a 35/36F frost would be, because the temps on the leaves will go down into the 20s in that sort of event. Most years experience a freeze in Houston (all years in the north 'burbs) so the same plants that brown out then would be the culprits after this event.

Jason

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:banging fists: Melt! Melt! Melt! Melt!

Did a snowman kill your pa?

Ha ha!

The trachycarpus fortunei (aka Chinese Windmill Palm Tree) in your first photo will actually enjoy this snow much more than the typical summer heat you find in Texas. It's native to areas that get decent snow falls. Some subtropical plants may defoliate, but this snow will not be as hard on many plants as a 35/36F frost would be, because the temps on the leaves will go down into the 20s in that sort of event. Most years experience a freeze in Houston (all years in the north 'burbs) so the same plants that brown out then would be the culprits after this event.

Jason

I know, I just mean in general most everywhere you go it'll be limp brown ugliness. I went to Austin last late February and it was so brown and ugly that it made me appreciate the Houston winters so much, as I always have anyway. Now here it is only mid-December and look!

Sorry, I'm not being very pleasant.

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There was so much snow on our avocado tree the poor thing was tilted way over like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree! :o

The view was fantastic from our 2nd floor and as we looked over at the convent it looked surreal. The fields were a bright white and you could see snow on all the roof tops.

Many cars this morning still had lots of snow on them. I was driving in from the Galleria area towards downtown and had to slow down big time especially on the elevated ramps. Couldnt wait to get home. It was kind of cool that the snow flurries were coming at me straight on while driving but sort of dangerous too.

Hope we have a White Christmas. :lol:

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