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Houston region to see second, shorter freeze this weekend

Daytime highs on Friday will top out in the low 50s and freezing temperatures will again sweep through the Houston area on Friday night.

Plants in cold weather
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Plants that survived the freeze may need extra attention to ensure they bloom again.

The worst of this week's freeze is over in the Houston region, with highs approaching the 70s on Thursday. However, the reprieve from the cold will be short-lived.

Daytime highs on Friday will top out in the low 50s and freezing temperatures will again sweep through the Houston area on Friday night. However, the upcoming freeze will not be as severe nor last as long as the freeze early this week.

"Not everyone will see a hard freeze, particularly in the city of Houston, Friday night and Saturday night, but some of the outlying areas — the suburbs, especially off to the north and west — could see a hard freeze again," said Matt Lanza, managing editor with Space City Weather.

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Lanza said residents in those areas should hold off on uncovering plants or pipes until Sunday.

"Keep all those protections in place, out of an abundance of caution this weekend, particularly if you live outside the city of Houston," he said. "You don't want to have to clean up everything today and then, all of the sudden, you're putting it right back down tomorrow. So, just keep it on through the weekend."

Daytime highs on Saturday and Sunday will be well above freezing.

Following this coming weekend's cold snap, Houston will see higher temperatures accompanied by rain for much of next week. Still, winter is not over.

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"I don't think this is it for winter. I think there's more to come," said Lanza. "I don't know if it will be as extreme as what we're coming out of, but we're not quite done with winter yet."