Winter Weather FAQ
Does water freeze if the Wind Chill Index is below freezing?
Answer: No, not unless the actual air temperature is also below freezing.
What is hypothermia
Answer: When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won't be able to do anything about it.
Hypothermia occurs most commonly at very cold environmental temperatures, but can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
What if I am planning to travel outside of the state, how do I know if highways or roads in other
states are closed?
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration offers information on traffic
conditions, weather and road conditions as well as links to local and state transit links. Please visit them
at www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ or if driving outside of the state of Texas, pull over and call 511: America’s
Traveler Information Telephone Number.
Summer weather safety