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Cooler Temperatures Can Mean Cracked Windshields and Mobile Windshield Replacement 

HOUSTON, TX, January 22, 2010 /Transportation and Trucking PR News/ — If you have stone chips in your windshield, it is time to call a Houston mobile windshield repair specialist. Otherwise, you will wake up one morning, start your car and turn on the defroster only to be followed by a loud crack. Instead of the small chip in your windshield, you now have a three-foot-long crack in your windshield stretching from one side of your windshield to the other. Although temperatures don’t plummet in Houston like in some areas of the country, it only takes one frigid cold night to leave you in a bind. 
The importance of the windshield glass is realized in the event of a vehicle collision with frontal impact or a vehicle roll-over. In such cases, the windshield glass serves as the first line of defense for the vehicle driver and passengers. As a structural component, the windshield glass fortifies the roof of the vehicle in order to prevent its collapse upon the driver and passengers in a roll-over. The windshield glass also serves as the foundation for the airbags. If the windshield glass is not installed properly, the expansion of the airbags in a frontal impact collision will force the car glass off the frame. When this happens, the airbags cannot function properly to protect the driver and front seat passenger. Lives may be lost. 
Cracked windshields are hazardous to your health. Don’t keep putting off getting a mobile windshield chip repaired. Windshield repair remains relatively inexpensive compared to replacing the entire windshield. 

Major Snowstorm in the Mid-Atlantic region: February Update 

The latest in a string of fierce winter storms will make its way into the Mid-Atlantic region Tuesday, even as the region continues to recover from a blizzard this weekend, news reports said. 

The Washington, D.C., area got upwards of two feet snow from the weekend storm, which affected major cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Del. Federal government offices in the Washington area closed Monday and Tuesday due to the storm. 

Some areas in the Mid-Atlantic saw nearly three feet of snow from the weekend storm, the Associated Press reported. Accumulation was worst in Maryland, where cities such as Frederick and Crofton had more than 33 inches. 

Major roads had been cleared throughout the Mid-Atlantic by Tuesday, news reports said. 

The storm forecast to hit the Mid-Atlantic this week hit the Midwest Monday and Tuesday, AP said. 

The National Weather Service predicts that Washington, D.C., may get 20 inches of snow from the storm, which is scheduled to hit Tuesday afternoon, AP said. Philadelphia could have 18 inches by the time the storm ends Wednesday night. 

Officials announced Tuesday morning that more than 500 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. 

Airports in the Washington, D.C., area remained open Tuesday morning, though officials predicted cancelations and delays later in the day, the Washington Post reported. Philadelphia International Airport similarly remains open, though cancelations are expected, the Philadelphia Inquirer said. 

Big Snowstorm Hits Texas, Tracks Toward Northeast 

A winter storm that caused multiple traffic collisions in Texas on Tuesday is heading toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where it could dump a half-foot of snow on the already snow-drenched region, news services reported. 

Police reported several collisions and vehicles sliding off the road along Interstate 20 Tuesday, the Abilene, Texas, Reporter-News said. Bridges were frozen along the highway, and some areas had up to 5 inches of snow by Tuesday night. 

When the storm hits the mid-Atlantic late Wednesday night into Thursday it could drop up to 6 inches of snow in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. In Baltimore and much of Maryland, the snow fall total is forecast to be closer to 5 inches. 

The mid-Atlantic is still recovering from record-breaking back-to-back storms two weeks ago. 

The storm may bypass the Washington area, the Washington Post reported. The chance of 2 to 4 inches of snow there is about 50%, with a higher probability in the western part of the metropolitan area, the Post said.