Sugar Land emergency planners continue to participate in regular calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service to prepare for freezing temperatures and/or wintry precipitation is expected to impact our area beginning Sunday night. The National Weather Service expects an extended period of well below normal temperatures for southeast Texas (including Sugar Land) through next week. They expect the coldest temperatures early next week with a period of below to much below freezing temperatures from Sunday night through Tuesday. Winter precipitation – including sleet and ice – expected on Sunday night and Monday will likely create dangerous, icy road conditions. In addition, ice accumulations could cause power outages and debris from fallen trees and limbs.
📍Sugar Land's emergency operations center is prepared to support winter weather operations.
📍Public Works crews are prepping city infrastructure for freezing temperatures.
📍Employees have been notified to plan for the possibility of 24-hour work schedules.
📍Dump trucks with ice chat spreaders are being staged to treat frozen city roads and bridges if necessary.
📍Staff are coordinating with the Texas Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for cold weather operations on state highways.
📍Parks is preparing to close pedestrian bridges and restrooms as early as Sunday, sanding walkways, covering vulnerable plants, draining pipes, wrapping drinking fountains, etc.
📍Close communication continues with the city's solid waste and recycling vendor to quickly communicate service delays if necessary.
📍Sugar Land’s debris-removal vendor has been notified to remain on standby.
What residents should do:
📍 STAY HOME AND AVOID TRAVEL -- especially bridges and overpasses -- during icy road conditions. Those who drive on icy roads not only place themselves in danger but also risk the lives of first-responders who come to help.
📍When the temperatures drop below freezing, residents are encouraged to prepare their homes to avoid damage to water pipes, sprinkler systems, and swimming pools. The city does not turn off water at the meter to prevent frozen pipes.
📍Please remember to bring pets inside; wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing if you must go outside.
📍Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
📍 Always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
📍Remember to open flues when operating chimneys.
📍Operate generators in a well-ventilated, outside location away from your homes.