Freezing weather lingers, Winter Games of Texas coming to town: 4 things to know in Pearland and Friendswood this week, Jan. 2-5

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Here are 4 things residents of Pearland and Friendswood should know for the first week of 2018:

Cold weather sticks around

A possibility for sleet or snow flurries remains in the forecast for Tuesday evening following two days of cold weather to start off the new year. After the skies clear out later Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to get down into the upper 10s and low 20s across Southeast Texas, according to ABC13. However, a Hard Freeze Warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Winter break ending for PISD

Students in Pearland ISD will return to the classroom Thursday, Jan. 4 following the end of winter break. Friendswood ISD students are off until Tuesday, Jan. 9, while teachers return Monday, Jan. 8, according to the district calendar.

Let the games begin

The Winter Games of Texas, a statewide Olympic-style amateur sporting event, will be held in Pearland on Jan. 12-14 for the first time after moving from Frisco. The city won a two-year bid from the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation to host the games in 2018 and 2019. The event consists of a three-day sporting event for amateur athletes and includes 16 sporting events, such as basketball, lacrosse, swimming and pickleball. For more details about the event, see www.taaf.com.

Pearland drainage, roadway improvement project ahead of schedule

Work on the conversion of Linwood Street, East Orange Street between Hwy. 35 and Schleider Drive, and Old Alvin Road between Plum and Town Ditch to concrete curb and gutter roadways with enclosed drainage systems and sidewalks is expected to be completed ahead of schedule this May. While some of the streets have been reopened to two-way traffic, some areas are still closed to allow for construction, according to the city of Pearland. For more details on the road construction and closures,  click here.

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Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.

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