Editor's note: this article has been updated to include additional warming shelters as they were announced.

Warming shelters are preparing to open for local residents in need as the Greater Houston area braces for freezing temperatures forecast for Jan. 15-17.

What you need to know

Texans can expect the possibility of “higher electrical demand and the potential for lower reserves” on Jan. 15-17, according to a Jan. 10 news release from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

This list will be updated if more warming shelters around the Greater Houston area are announced.

Brazoria County Library System warming shelters will open at 8 a.m. on Jan. 16 and include:
  • Alvin Branch Library, 105 S. Gordon St., Alvin
  • Angleton Branch Library, 401 E. Cedar St., Angleton
  • Brazoria Branch Library, 620 S. Brooks St., Brazoria
  • Clute Branch Library, 215 N. Shanks St., Clute
  • Freeport Branch Library, 410 Brazosport Blvd., Freeport
  • Lake Jackson Branch Library, 250 Circle Way St., Lake Jackson
  • Manvel Branch Library, 20514B Hwy. 6, Manvel
  • Pearland Tom Reid Branch Library, 3522 Liberty Drive, Pearland
  • West Pearland Branch Library, 11801 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland
  • Sweeny Branch Library, 205 W. Ashley Wilson Road, Sweeny
  • West Columbia Branch Library, 518 E. Brazos Ave., West Columbia
Fort Bend County warming shelters include:
  • Attack Poverty-Friends of North Rosenberg, 1908 Ave. E., Rosenberg (6 p.m.-6 a.m. Jan. 14-16)
  • Albert George branch library, 9230 Gene St., Needville (regular operating hours)
  • Cinco Ranch branch library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy (regular operating hours)
  • First Colony branch library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land (regular operating hours)
  • Fort Bend Family YMCA, 4433 Cartwright Road, Missouri City (regular operating hours)
  • Fulshear branch library, 6350 GM Library Road, Fulshear (regular operating hours)
  • George Memorial library, 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond (regular operating hours)
  • Mamie George library, 320 Dulles Ave., Stafford (regular operating hours)
  • Mission Bend branch library, 8421 Addicks Clodine Road, Houston (regular operating hours)
  • Missouri City branch library, 1530 Texas Parkway, Missouri City (regular operating hours)
  • Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Parkway, Katy (regular operating hours)
  • Sienna branch library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City (regular operating hours)
  • Sugar Land branch library, 550 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land (regular operating hours)
  • University branch library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land (regular operating hours)
  • Willie Melton Law Library, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 20714, Richmond (regular operating hours)
Galveston County warming shelters include:
  • McGuire Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th St., Galveston (regular operating hours Jan. 16-17)
  • Salvation Army of Galveston County facility, 610 51st St., Galveston (regular operating hours Jan. 16-17)
  • Wright Cuney Recreation Center, 718 41st St., Galveston (beginning at 7 a.m. on Jan. 15 through Jan. 17)
Warming shelters in the city of Houston will be open beginning at 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 and include:
  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Road, Houston
  • Alief Family YMCA, 7850 Howell Sugar Land Road, Houston
  • Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market St., Houston
  • Downtown Recovery Center, 150 Chenevert St., Houston
  • Fonde Community Center, 110 Sabine St., Houston
  • Gallery Furniture-North Freeway location, 6006 Hwy. 290, Houston (Jan. 15-16)
  • Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston
  • Metropolitan Multi-Service Center at W. Gray, 1745 W. Gray St., Houston
  • Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center, 4410 Reed Road, Houston
  • All YMCA of Greater Houston locations (during normal business hours)
  • All Harris County Public Library branches, community centers and multiservice centers (during normal business hours)
Montgomery County warming shelters include:
  • Compassion United, 350 Foster Drive, Conroe (all day Monday)
  • Montgomery City Hall, 101 Old Plantersville Road, Montgomery (open beginning 10 a.m. Jan. 15-17)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Life Center, 704 Old Montgomery Road, Conroe (6 p.m. Jan. 14-noon Jan. 17)
  • The Salvation Army Conroe Community Center, 304 Avenue E., Conroe (normal operating hours Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Sts. Simon And Jude Catholic Parish, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands (open if deemed necessary)
  • Underover Fellowship, 600 S. Frazier St., Conroe (open if deemed necessary)
Learn more

The city of Houston can arrange free rides to the warming centers for anyone who needs assistance, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management website. City of Houston shelters also welcome pets, which will be kept in kennels provided upon arrival.

For more information on city of Houston warming centers, call 311 or visit www.houstontx.gov/311.