'Stay off the roads': Officials warn of icy travel, fire hazards; Montgomery County warming stations operating Feb. 16

Freezing temperatures are expected to continue through most of the week in the Greater Houston area. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Freezing temperatures are expected to continue through most of the week in the Greater Houston area. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Freezing temperatures are expected to continue through most of the week in the Greater Houston area. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)


As another subfreezing day dawned in Montgomery County and the Greater Houston area Feb. 16, officials cautioned residents to stay off the road and be prepared for another round of winter weather overnight through Feb. 18.


Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack also took to Twitter to caution residents against driving, citing traffic signal outages at many intersections and general bad road conditions. Icy conditions in many locations, including FM 1488 and FM 2978, were still reported as of early Feb. 16 on the Montgomery County Live Map.


On the night of Feb. 15, the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced several warming stations in the county. Freezing temperatures were expected in the Houston area every night until Feb. 19, according to the National Weather Service. The city of Shenandoah also opened its council chambers the night of Feb. 15 as a warming center.

Jason Millsaps, chief of staff for Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, said in an email the morning of Feb. 16 several warming stations that opened in the county Feb. 15 were still operational.

"All will continue to operate through today and all night," Millsaps said. "As of now no new locations have been added as capacity is not exceeded at these locations."

Matt Fuller, president of the Montgomery ISD board of trustees, confirmed the MISD elementary school is open during the day Feb. 16. This information will be updated throughout the day




Among other complications, the Montgomery County Fire Marshall's Office also has reported numerous structure fires, including 17 reported fires as of the afternoon of Feb. 15, according to the Facebook page for the office.

"Many of these have been chimney fires as residents try to keep their homes warm. Please do not burn anything but seasoned firewood in your fireplace and monitor your fire," the fire marshall's office stated in the post.


One of the many residential fires today in Montgomery County. Firefighters from the Montgomery, Conroe and Lake Conroe...


Posted by Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office on Monday, 15 February 2021


Eva Vigh contributed to this report.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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