Since we are now in the middle of winter – by request we are reposting this blog! Houston is HOT HOT HOT – alive with culture, fun, and good Southern hospitality! But, we also do have a winter! Although mild compared to much of the country, we want all of our readers to be safe and prepared.
Winter in Houston isn’t the snowy wonderland you might find in cooler climates, but if your Houston relocation was recent, you might be wondering what to expect. Here are some facts about Houston’s winter weather climate.
- Houston experiences an average of 18 days per year at or below 32 degrees F.
- Since 1939, there have been 14 measurable snowfalls in the city.
- The coolest months of the year are December, January, and February, with an average temperature of 65 degrees F during these months.
While you likely won’t get too cold during a Houston winter, it’s still a good idea to be prepared. Whether this is your first time experiencing winter weather in Houston or your 50th, here are some tips to keep in mind as you move to Houston.
Snow doesn’t often accumulate in Houston, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t snowflakes from time to time. More often, though, Houston gets sleet or freezing rain. There is also a higher chance for low wind chills. This combination of weather can make driving difficult and even dangerous. That said, remember to drive slowly and avoid sudden braking or acceleration.
Take care of your car
Because difficult driving conditions can happen with no warning, it’s best to get your car serviced for colder weather. Make sure your tire pressure remains consistent, and fill them up when necessary. Additionally, you’ll want to check that your car’s battery has an adequate charge and that your fluid levels are up to par. Ask your local mechanic to do a quick inspection of your tire pressure, battery health, and fluid levels while you’re in for your next oil change.
During the winter months, you’ll probably use energy to heat your home. Whether you’re lighting up a fireplace or heating with natural gas, there’s a risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Be sure to set up a CO detector in your home to alert you in case there is a dangerous buildup. Additionally, if you’re planning on using a space heater, be safe. Give the heater enough space, so it has plenty of air flow and doesn’t catch your belongings on fire. And always remember to keep flammable objects away from heating devices such as fireplaces and space heaters.
When you take these winter-weather advisories into account, your Houston relocation will be a breeze.