Brrr! Will Central Texas Suffer Another Winter Storm This Year?
It’s finally time for us to grab our scarves here in Central Texas due to the chilly weather, and while some are excited about, a lot of us are wondering what winter has in store. That's a natural reaction, sure, but with memories of that devastating 2021 winter storm still fresh in our minds, it's also natural to be a little apprehensive about these incoming cold fronts.
NO ONE WANTS A REPEAT OF THE TEXAS WINTER STORM
For the people who are concerned about the weather change and how cold it is getting, I don’t blame you. The hundred-year winter storm (didn't it feel that long?) was by far one of the most traumatic events that I had ever experienced in my life. The minute it gets cold now in Central Texas the first thing thought that comes to a lot of Texans' minds is, are we gonna have to dig ourselves out of our houses with shovels and baking pans again to find water because our pipes are busted?
WILL CENTRAL TEXAS NEED TO PREPARE A FOR ANOTHER AGONIZING WINTER?
Don’t get me wrong: I am a person who loves winter weather, but I don’t ever wanna experience anything that we experienced in 2021. It was absolutely traumatic. People ran out of water, electricity, city, and food I never wanna see that happen to the great state of Texas ever again!
SO, ARE WE DUE ANOTHER MASSIVE WINTER STORM?
The answer: It doesn't look like it so far, but be prepared anyway.
The National Weather Service's long range outlooks predict Texas will have above average winter temps going into the end of this year, with below average precipitation. That means a relatively warm and dry beginning to winter.
The long range outlooks for the first few months of 2023 will be released in coming weeks, but right now it doesn't look like meteorologists are predicting another severe winter storm.
Better Safe Than Sorry
That said, we all know how quickly these things can change, and if we learned anything from that mess in February of '21, it's that it never hurts to be extra prepared. Have plenty of extra water, food, blankets, and other emergency supplies stored away.
If you're not sure what you should have as far as supplies, Texas A&M's Agrilife Extension has a handy online guide to help you out. You can find it here.
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