Two cold fronts aim for the Crossroads

PROTECT HOME, FAMILY FROM COLD WEATHER

• Review and update your family emergency plan, including needs of infants and seniors.

• Replenish your emergency supply kits including battery-operated radio and flashlights.

• Have extra blankets on hand.

• Check on family members and neighbors who are elderly or have special needs.

• Move family pets indoors or to an enclosure out of the elements. Likewise, protect livestock or other large animals from the cold weather.

• Maintain a sufficient supply of heating fuel.

• Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing.

• Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

• Keep fire extinguishers on hand. Make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.

• Do not bring heating devices into the home that are intended for outdoor use, such as barbecues and other cooking equipment or other fuel burning devices.

SOURCE: CONTRA COSTA HEALTH SERVICES.ORG

An Arctic front is bringing dry weather, frigid temperatures and strong north winds to the Crossroads.

Victoria and Goliad counties are in a freeze warning from 2 a.m. through 8 a.m. Friday with temperatures expected to drop to 28 degrees, said Tawnya Evans, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Corpus Christi.

While the temperatures will dip below freezing early Friday, Evans said there is no chance of freezing rain, sleet or snow for Victoria. However, the winter temperatures are expected to stick around Victoria through Sunday when another cold front moves across Texas.

By 10 a.m. Thursday, the first front already had pushed through Victoria, Evans said.

"We had an upper trough that moved across and extended from the Great Lakes all the way down to us," she said. "That helped to push a polar front into our area."

The high winds caused the power to go out at television station KAVU, said Newscenter 25 Meteorologist Bill Alexander.

"The winds came in with that cold front and knocked us out for about 10 minutes," he said.

While the power outage impacted several computers at the station, including weather monitoring systems, Alexander said they were able to restore power and bring the systems back up "fairly quickly."

Overall, Evans, of the National Weather Service, said it's typical weather for this time of year in the Crossroads.

"It goes up and down quite a bit in South Texas in between fronts," she said.

The low for Friday during the day will be about 43 degrees with a high afternoon temperature in the upper 50s.

Victoria's record low for Friday was 18 degrees set in 1911. Friday's record high of 85 degrees was set in 1989, Evans said.

Although temperatures will warm up Saturday, with a low about 54 and a high near 69, winds could gust as high as 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Crossroads residents should prepare for another round of cold weather Sunday, Evans said.

A second cold front will bring a low of about 35 with a high near 60 and winds that could gust as high as 22 mph, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Those colder temperatures will remain through Monday with a low of about 31 degrees.