The City of Kemah Emergency Management continues to monitor the possible weather developments making their way towards our region. As we continue to track these developments, now is a good time to review your significant weather event preparedness plans.
In addition to our Emergency Preparedness document for a quick overview of what you will need to be aware of during events like this, we also highly recommend visiting www.GCOEM.org to download the Galveston County Emergency and Disaster Guide. It is filled with tips and information to help you prepare.
The City of Kemah urges you to please stay abreast of weather developments by following local weather news reports for Galveston County. And observing communications from the US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas for the latest information.
The National Weather Service has produced the following information:
- Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for portions of the region for lingering icy conditions.
- Cold weather (lows in the 20s, wind chills in teens) tonight.
- Strong northwesterly winds and high seas through this afternoon. Gale Warning in effect through this afternoon for Matagorda Bay and all Gulf Waters, with a Small Craft Advisory in effect for Galveston Bay.
- The Winter Weather Advisory has been expanded to inland portions of Liberty, Galveston, Brazoria, Matagorda, and Jackson counties, and all of Harris County this evening.
The precipitation has moved off the coast, but temperatures will likely not climb back above freezing until this afternoon. So, any currently icy surface will remain icy. The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for this reason.
Cold weather will continue through the day with temperatures not climbing above freezing until around noon with wind chills remaining in the teens to 20s. Current temperature hazards include a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory for most of the region through noon. There is also a Freeze Warning in effect for the barrier islands through 9am. Temperatures tonight will dip back down into the low 20s across the north, so another Hard Freeze Warning is likely.
No changes. Strong northerly winds of 30 to 40kts across Matagorda Bay and the Gulf Waters continue, so a Gale Warning is in effect. Winds of 15-25kts with gusts to 30kts is expected for Galveston Bay, so a Small Craft Advisory is in effect. The offshore winds will bring tide levels down to around 0.5ft below MLLW tonight. The winds will make bay waters rough with Gulf seas climbing to 8 to 13ft. Conditions will slowly improve this afternoon into Saturday as high pressure settles in over the region.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the National Weather Service office at the phone numbers listed in the Resources section above.