Winter weather warning as temperatures drop on the US-Mexico border

Winter weather warning as temperatures drop on the US-Mexico border

A winter weather warning was issued Wednesday morning, as a severe freeze affected the southern half of Texas, dropping temperatures to near-freezing levels as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border.

An Arctic blast brought frigid temperatures, bone-chilling winds and heavy snow to much of the United States over the weekend and early this week. Texans have been warned of the dangerous effects of extremely cold temperatures, which are uncommon in the region.

“All of South Texas” is expected to see temperatures as low as 18 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

A frozen field on February 1, 2023, in Austin, Texas. On Wednesday, the entire South Texas area faced a severe freeze warning as temperatures dropped.

“Frost and freezing conditions will kill crops and other sensitive plants and may damage unprotected outdoor plumbing,” the warning said. “Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, they should be wrapped, dried or allowed to drip slowly. Plants with in-ground sprinkler systems should have them drained and covered with top-ground pipes to protect them from freezing. “

Southcentral and southeast Texas faced temperatures as low as 16 degrees Fahrenheit. The hard freeze warnings are scheduled to expire mid-morning Wednesday.

Cold winds brought the temperature down even further across south-central Texas. The National Weather Service said “dangerously cold wind chills” could reach 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Dangerously cold wind chills may lead to hypothermia or frostbite if precautions are not taken,” the warning said. “Avoid outdoor activities if possible. When you are outside, be sure to wear appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves.”

NWS meteorologist Nicholas Price said Newsweek The extremely cold temperatures will continue until at least the end of the week.

“We have another front that will bring temperatures below freezing, but not as cold as what we just saw,” Price said.

The average January temperature in the Corpus Christi area ranges from 48 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Price said there is a 30 to 40 percent chance that temperatures will be higher than normal later this month.

“So, once we get out of this little cold snap, we should be able to get higher than normal temperatures,” he said. “Or at least somewhere around average.”

The extremely cold temperatures brought other areas of the southern United States into dangerous territory as well. Temperatures were cold enough to snow in Florida Tuesday morning. Hard freeze warnings remained in effect for the Sunshine State, as well as for all of Louisiana, the southeastern corner of Oklahoma, most of Alabama, Mississippi and southern parts of Arkansas.