Arctic air plunges south, record lows expected in Houston

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HOUSTON – Winter isn’t knocking at the door. It’s banging! An arctic blast is taking over the nation.

The National Weather Service says that by Sunday, much of the U.S. will see the coldest temperatures in almost 20 years. From west to east, north to south, everyone’s feelin’ it.

Many states like Minnesota are even cancelling classes because of the bitter cold.

Air travel was also affected. According to FlightAware.com, on Friday and Saturday there were nearly 4,500 flights cancelled and thousands of others delayed. By Sunday morning, more than 2,000 flights were cancelled. JFK airport even shut down after a jet skidded into a snow bank.

The frigid temperatures are headed to Houston. By Monday morning, temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20s—the coldest it’s been in the Bayou City in nearly three years. That’s why Houston’s Star of Hope is getting ready. They expect to shelter more than the normal amount of homeless people. They also took to the street with the “Hope in Action Van” to pass out coats and blankets.

Others are preparing by following the usual warnings.

  • Don’t forget to bring in your pets.
  • Cover your plants.
  • Wrap exposed pipes in foam and insulation sleeves.
  • Leave a slight drip in your sink faucets.

The good news is that the freezing temperatures should end for much of the nation by Wednesday. For now, stay warm America!

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