Severe thunderstorms, sleet expected in Houston through Thursday evening

It’s going to be cold and rainy, maybe a bit icy.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, forecasters were expecting no repeat of last year’s deadly winter frost.

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“The impact should be minimal for our forecast area,” the Houston/Galveston office of the National Weather Service wrote in a presentation.

A cold front will cross the Houston area Wednesday night, bringing with it a series of showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms could be severe. Damaging winds, large hail and an isolated tornado are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Rain and sleet are expected on Thursday afternoon and evening. This rain should clear before temperatures drop below freezing. However, the National Weather Service will continue to monitor the situation. Should freezing temperatures arrive sooner than expected, or should rain last longer than expected, there could be patches of ice on elevated surfaces such as roads (the National Weather Service said this is not the most likely scenario).

The National Weather Service will continue to provide updates, with another briefing scheduled for Thursday at 9:30am

In the meantime, there’s no harm in being prepared for sub-zero temperatures. Diane Cowen has tips for your home, family and pet.

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