Winter is Coming – Will the Power Stay on in Temple-Killeen, TX?
Our first big blast of winter weather arrives in Central Texas on Thursday, and with last year's disaster still fresh on our minds, folks in Temple and Killeen are hoping that ERCOT is ready. Good news: they say they are.
According to our weather partners at KWTX, rain will make its way into Central Texas late Wednesday, and temperatures start to drop into the 20's by early Thursday morning.
The low temps will cause the rain to freeze, creating freezing rain and sleet. KWTX says there's a 70% chance of wintery mix scheduled for Thursday, and the highs will only reach the mid 30's.
That forecast sounds eerily familiar to the one we got almost a year ago when Winter Storm Uri slammed into Texas in February 2021.
Winter Storm Watch
Due to the freezing rain and sleet expected on Thursday, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 12am to 6pm on Thursday. Driving conditions will be poor, which may lead to school closures and delays.
We could also see poor road conditions on Friday mornings commute. AM temps on Friday will also be in the teens, and KWTX reports that wind chills will drop the temps even lower.
The Big Question
Will ERCOT be ready and keep the power on in Texas?
They say yes.
News 4 San Antonio reports that ERCOT expects demand to hit 71.4 gigawatts at 8am on Friday morning. ERCOT Interim CEO Brad Jones released the following statement to CBS Austin:
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is anticipating high demand for power Wednesday through Sunday due to a forecasted cold front. This cold front is expected to bring winter weather and precipitation to the ERCOT region. ERCOT is taking early preventative action ahead of the expected increase in demand to ensure the grid remains reliable.
ERCOT will deploy all the tools available to us to manage the grid effectively during this winter weather. We are coordinating closely with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Public Utility Commission and elected officials — as well as electric generators and transmission and distribution utilities — to keep Texans informed throughout the week. We have ordered power plants across the region to postpone planned outages and to return from outages already in progress.
All in all, it sounds like Central Texas homes will avoid outages and the power will stay on.
With wintery weather on the way, and the potential for poor travel conditions, lots of folks will be hitting the stores and stocking up on supplies for the weekend. Remember to get what you need but please save some for your neighbor.