(CTN News) – In the wake of severe thunderstorms expected to strike the Houston-area Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the area around Houston until Tuesday evening regarding the potential for damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes.
There is a chance of rain in Houston on Monday, just in time for the College Football Playoff National Championship, before temperatures drop to a high of 59 degrees on Tuesday morning. It is anticipated that tailgating fans will experience strong winds and rain on Monday afternoon at the NRG stadium.
As a result of a possible severe weather event coming up on Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has increased the level of readiness for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, severe thunderstorms with large hail, heavy rainfall, and flash flood threats are expected to impact the Houston region on Monday due to severe thunderstorms.
It is expected that storms that will cause varying conditions will be present throughout the state on Monday, he said. A significant amount of snowfall is forecast in the Texas Panhandle, and dangerous wind chills are expected to affect the west and southwest parts of the state.
Governor Abbott made clear in a statement released today that the State of Texas stands ready to deploy all of the resources it has at its disposal to provide Texans with the support and assistance they need if severe weather is forecast to affect the state tomorrow.
Abbott said that Texans living in high-risk areas are encouraged to remain vigilant, to monitor the weather conditions, and to follow the advice of local officials and emergency management professionals.
According to the National Weather Service, a low-impact tornado touched down on Friday in Brazoria County, marking the first tornado in the Houston area of the new year to strike this weekend. The EF-0 tornado resulted in some trees being uprooted and some power lines being damaged, resulting in structural damage to some homes.
An advisory about wind conditions is in effect for Houston and the surrounding area until 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening.