Gov Abbott declares Texas ready for arctic blast ahead of Christmas

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — An arctic blast is headed for much of Texas, with sub-freezing temperatures leading up to the Christmas holiday weekend.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is laying out some of the steps the Lone Star State has taken to handle the cold temperatures.

“One good thing about the weather this particular time is that we do not expect much precipitation, whether it be snow or ice or anything like that,” said Governor Abbott at a Wednesday morning press conference in Austin.

With the lack of precipitation in the coming storm, travel and living conditions should not be impacted, but temperatures will be cold with wind gusts of up to 40 mph arriving by Thursday afternoon in San Antonio and much of the Hill Country.

“The grid is ready and reliable. We expect to have sufficient generation to meet demand throughout this entire winter-weather event, said Public Utility Commission Chairman Peter Lake. “Texans have seen the impact of the landmark reforms. We went through an extremely cold February last winter, and a record-breaking summer and delivered power throughout.”

Lake details some of the reforms as the winterization of infrastructure, including generators, polls and wires. He says Texas now has more power than ever before.

High wind gusts could knock down power lines in some areas, but Lake points out that this will not be a reflection of limited power.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is projecting the greatest demand for power happening early Friday morning with a state-wide demand of around 70,000 megawatts, but ERCOT says that meeting that mark will not be a problem.

“With all of the available resources performing as planned, we are forecasting to have near 85,000 megawatts of supply available to meet that demand,” said ERCOT CEO Pablo Vegas.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for the San Antonio area and much of South Central Texas starting Thursday at 6 p.m. through 12 p.m. on Friday.

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