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Katy, TX News (January 27, 2014) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a strong possibility of winter precipitation and below freezing temperatures beginning early Tuesday morning and continuing through Wednesday. Katy ISD will increase weather monitoring and consult with the District’s contracted meteorologist to prepare for possible dangerous weather.

Residents are reminded to monitor local media, the Katy ISD website and the NWS website for related warnings, potential school closings, or changes in the forecast over the next several days. Parents, particularly of elementary age children, are asked not to drop children off at school before the time students are allowed into the building.

As a reminder, the temperature will change over the course of the day, so children should wear several layers of lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Parents and guardians are asked to monitor media outlets throughout the day concerning school notifications and potentially unsafe driving conditions.

The primary danger from this Arctic front will be from extended periods of temperatures at or below freezing, with a potential for sleet and freezing rain. Katy ISD reminds residents to practice the “Four P’s” of cold weather preparedness:

Protect People

  • Keep warm and stay indoors if possible.
  • Dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
  • Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on the body.
  • Keep heat sources at least three feet away from furniture or drapes and never  leave children unattended near a space heater.

Protect Pets

  • Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
  • Keep adequate food and water available.

Protect Pipes

  • Disconnect, drain and store outdoor hoses in a protected area.
  • Wrap exposed faucets and pipes – including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.

Protect Plants

  • Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
  • For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric to shield the plants from wind and frost.

Residents are also reminded to prepare cars for winter by having them serviced and add antifreeze as needed.

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