Winter Weather Update

Jan 12, 2024

Update: January 14, 7:00 pm

Winter Weather Advisory:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has put southeast Texas in a winter weather advisory from 6 PM tonight through 6 PM Monday; freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet are expected. Accumulations will vary from a glaze to up to one-tenth of an inch of ice possible. The wintry precipitation can lead to slick and icy spots, especially on overpasses and bridges, so drive with caution; sidewalks can also get rather slippery, so walk with caution!

Monday morning will see the weather turn colder with temperatures across southeast Texas in the 20s and 30s. The cold temperatures also come with the threat of freezing rain and sleet, mainly north of Harris County; if temperatures remain in the mid- and upper-30s, we’ll get a cold rain, and if they cool below freezing, it would create dangerous conditions on trails and roads.

Currently, weather models show some relief from the freezing temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday, with another cold front potentially swinging through again on Friday and Saturday.

January 12, 2024

The Gulf Coast is currently in the midst of the first of two cold fronts, with high winds and chilly temperatures reminding us that winter is still here in Texas. Saturday will show us some relief from the chill and is a good day to finish winterization preparations.

Fort Bend MUD 57 would like to advise residents of potential freezing temperatures with cold weather conditions coming Sunday evening (1/14) and continuing through Wednesday morning (1/17) as the second forecasted cold front moves into our area. While meteorologists are still uncertain regarding how cold it will get, there is the potential for a hard freeze in all non-coastal locations on both Monday and Tuesday evenings through overnight hours.


During Winter Storm Uri, one of the more vulnerable spots for leaks and bursts were the irrigation systems on residential homes. Below are some basic tips as well as pictures and instructions for irrigation backflow preventors; additionally, residents are always encouraged to consult with an irrigation specialist or plumber.

The irrigation shut off valves and backflow device are one of the common issues that most residents deal with during an extended freeze.

  1. Turn off the shut-off valve. Most residential devices have two shut-off valves. These are typically covered in blue on the valve handles and located before and after the back flow device.
  2. Release the water pressure, with a screwdriver release the water from the bleeder valves. The bleeder valves are usually located under the top of the backflow device. If the water does not stop flowing you may not have shut the valves off completely.
  3. Leave the smaller bleeder valve open, this will let the any remaining water in the line expand without breaking the device.
  4. Insulate your backflow device. Most hardware / home services stores carry backflow insulating supplies.

Attached are pictures of the actual device and insulation covers for backflow devices and faucets.


As stated above, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing, it is a good time to refresh on the four P's: People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants.


  • Avoid going outside if it is not necessary. If you do, make sure you layer up from head to toe.
  • To keep you and your family safe, it is imperative your home is warm.
  • Make sure your heat is set to an appropriate temperature to make your entire home comfortable. Remember, heat rises so if you sleep upstairs, your room may be warmer than rooms located downstairs.
  • Never use your stove or oven to heat your home.
  • If you smell smoke or see flames, call 9-1-1 immediately.


  • While protecting your family, it is imperative to protect your pets as well.
  • Pets, like humans, are vulnerable to cold temperatures. If not taken care of properly, they can succumb to frostbite and even hypothermia.
  • If you have a dog that typically lives outdoors, consider letting them inside when temperatures drop to freezing. While their fur does help to keep them warm, it provides little help in freezing temperatures.
  • If you absolutely cannot bring them inside, make sure they have a warm shelter, plenty of food and fresh water so they do not freeze.
  • If your pet looks like it has any symptoms resembling frostbite or hypothermia, call your vet.


  • All garden hoses should be disconnected from outside spigots.
  • Make sure to cover all your exposed pipes with a cover. You can also cover your pipes with towels, duct tape or another adhesive strip as long as they are wrapped tightly.
  • Let your faucets drip throughout the day to keep them from freezing.
  • You should also open the cabinets to let warm air circulate throughout your home. Just make sure any harmful chemicals are out of reach for children and pets.


  • When cold weather hits, it's a good idea to bring in all of your outdoor plants.
  • If you can't bring in the plants, cover them with a blanket to make sure they do not die.

Share these tips to neighborhood social media outlets using the share buttons below; Facebook, Nextdoor, and Twitter shares can help neighbors see these tips before the holiday weekend. Stay safe and warm!