February 3, 2011 by staff
Katy ISD, Things will be different for the Memorial swimming and diving team as it seeks to reach the region 5 meet next weekend. The Mustangs will have to go through the extent of his habit of seeing the regional competition, but not at the district meet. When he takes to the pool Friday and Saturday at Katy High School Natatorium, Memorial will be on the six schools in Katy ISD and Strake Jesuit boys’ side, with heats on Friday and early swimming finals at 3 pm Saturday.
The first six in each event advance to the region meet.
“Our team has an excellent chance to meet at the district level,” said head coach Jason Mauss Memorial. “We have between 16-18 children who have a chance to attend the regional meeting. It will be harder with the schools in Katy ISD and Strake Jesuit, but we expect to do well at the meeting.”
Memorial has twice this month by taking the Stratford on January 8 and Cinco Ranch a week later, but the Mustangs did not face another team in two weeks. The layoffs are not a concern for Mauss.
“He will not play a factor on how we are doing at the district level,” Mauss said the two-week break. “We needed to be rested and healthy, then we planned two weeks of leave for this reason. The kids had a break. Regardless, we expect children to advance to the regional level. ”
For years, Memorial has used the district meet to prepare for the regional meeting. This year, the district come together should be more competitive.
Katy ISD schools have been teams who normally saw the Mustangs to regional competition.
The storm is unusual in that extremely cold weather preceded the snow and ice, rather than arriving at the same time. This resulted in freezing temperatures a significant lead in two days undermining the latent heat of roads and bridges.
Forecasters with the Houston / Galveston office of the National Weather Service said snow showers could begin this morning along the coast. But they do not expect the main event to begin until this afternoon or, more likely, sunset.
There may be snow and ice to the east and south of Houston, with the north of the snow is more likely and west of downtown. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet are expected for most of Harris County.
If the system develops as planned, road hazards will be higher tonight through Friday noon, when temperatures could raise for several hours just enough to melt ice or snow on the roads.
The sudden freeze that saw temperatures drop 50 degrees on two days could be worse today as snow and ice are expected to activate the shuttle tonight traitors.
Crews planned to spray in Houston second and third layers of anti-ice solution on highway overpasses and bridges, while trucks loaded with mixtures of rock and sand were ready to go when the snow makes driving risky conditions late in the day. City employees were prepared to use preventive measures like the roads are vulnerable.
The message for residents: If it’s snowing, stay home.
“Firstly, if you do not have to be on the road Friday at all, the best option is to not…” said Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, which established a command center Wednesday to coordinate responses to problems caused by weather.
Temperatures will be low in the 20s in a row tonight Katy Conroe. There is a potential for ice in eastern Harris County and perhaps as much as 4 inches of snow in the Piney Woods.
The region is likely to see more freezing Friday night before temperatures moderate finally Saturday.
Harris County has changed its level of emergency response readiness improved “and brought together members of various state and local agencies in the Texas Department of Transportation office in Houston to coordinate the response to the storm.
TxDOT trucks sprayed liquid magnesium chloride on highway overpasses and bridges, while the Harris County Toll Road Authority has done the same. Officials have focused on the heights, because they are exposed to more wind, which makes them more likely to freeze.
“We do what we can, but still enough snow or ice or sleet can make a dangerous road, so hopefully people will stay home,” said Chief Deputy Randy Johnson, the toll road authority.
Parker said the mayor Annise public works and road crews Engineering Department would be redirected to the laying of asphalt work defrost the freeze continues. At a news conference Wednesday, she reminds residents to take care of the “four P’s: People, animals, plants and pipes “” If you do not remember those last night, your plants are probably dead and you might have some problems with the pipes when they thaw, “said Parker.
The gel was already in trouble for residents on Wednesday morning.
A rising demand for power has attracted a state order for power outages. Frozen pipes and hose bibs burst invited 65 calls a plumbing company in north Harris County by 10 hours 30 others have also seen spikes in calls to the help plumbing left broke a few Houstonians without water. And plumbing problems were expected to spread.
The owners of overgrown plants outdoors in the city to save it from the low temperature. Native plants in Buchanan, workers had moved from 60 percent inventory of the company in a greenhouse that was maintained at 65 degrees to ensure the plant could remain in good enough shape to be sold.
At the Houston Zoo, the animals were barely visible to visitors Wednesday, as some had withdrawn most of the heated enclosure at the rear of their exhibitions, spokesman Brian Hill said.
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