It will only take a few hours to usher in the coolest air of the year as North Texas braces for a strong cold front on New Years Day.
On an afternoon that looks more like a spring offering, this New Year’s Eve promises more than a change of calendar. Winter is coming too.
At Rooster Home and Hardware in Lake Highlands, customers provided a steady stream of demand for basic items for wintering on Friday – from covers to faucets, pipes and foundation vents.
Managing Director Mark Serino said that even with temperatures in the upper 60s, he was starting to see an increase in winter inventory purchases.
And in what is expected to provide the first real cold snap since the devastating winter storm that killed hundreds and cut power for days across Texas, Serino says what’s in stock has also changed slightly.
“We have a little more supply of heaters, kerosene and more propane supply,” Serino said. “We are currently stocking generators, a lot of people have not thought about generators in the event of a power failure.”
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas operates the state’s electricity grid. ERCOT assured the Texas Public Utilities Commission that the network was ready for the upcoming winter season.
Beckie Wach of the North Texas Salvation Army said several locations in Denton, Lewisville, McKinney, Garland and Plano are preparing to open warming centers on Saturday.
“We will venture out to see who is in the elements and offer to bring them back to our warming centers,” Wach said.
Wach says the Salvation Army has provided $ 9 million in support to 30,000 Northerners since the start of the pandemic, serving more than 11 million meals.
“As the pandemic continues and the cold weather arrives, those needs are still there,” Wach said.
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