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Houstonians don't freak out over the freeze! Cold handled well, defying those Texas stereotypes

Houstonians don't freak out over the freeze! Defying Texas stereotypes

Houston weather Houston freeze January 2015 Sporting the latest in #houston chic. Sheets over the tropical plants to help them survive the freeze
"Sporting the latest in #houston chic,"  Bobbie Byrd captions this Twitter photo. "Sheets over the tropical plants to help them survive the freeze." Photo by Bobbie Byrd/Twitter
Houston weather Houston freeze January 2015 Cold morning (for Houstonians) plus wispy cirrus clouds have made the sky over Houston gorgeous today!
"Cold morning (for Houstonians) plus wispy cirrus clouds have made the sky over Houston gorgeous today!" Bill Forney 3 shares. Photo by Bill Forney 3/Twitter
Houston cold Houston freeze January 2014 Star of Hope
"Star of Hope Action Van distributes blankets and warm coats to the street homeless in Houston during the cold snap," Scott Arthur shares. Photo by Scott Arthur/Twitter
Houston weather Houston freeze CultureMap January 2015
Plants at the CultureMap office are covered in icicles. Photo by Barbara Kuntz
Houston weather freeze Houson Zoo cage wrapped in plastic January 2015 zookeepers took extra time to make sure the animals were snug
Lauren Talario of KHOU 11 News posted this pic of measures zookeepers took to make sure the animals were snug. Photo by Lauren Talario/KHOU 11 News
Houston weather freeze January 2015 A sweater doesn't mean Peanut is warm! Vets @ Houston SPCA say it's a myth & u need to make sure ur dog is indoors!
Rasha Vats tweets, "A sweater doesn't mean Peanut is warm! Vets @ Houston SPCA say it's a myth & u need to make sure ur dog is indoors!" Photo by Rashi Vats/Twitter
Houston weather Houston freeze January 2015 Sharron Melton Just in case it gets too cold in HOuston I came prepared! Sometimes gloves just aren't enough!
Sharron Melton says, "Just in case it gets too cold in Houston I came prepared! Sometimes gloves just aren't enough!" Photo by Sharron Melton/Twitter
Houston weather Houston freeze January 2015 Sporting the latest in #houston chic. Sheets over the tropical plants to help them survive the freeze
Houston weather Houston freeze January 2015 Cold morning (for Houstonians) plus wispy cirrus clouds have made the sky over Houston gorgeous today!
Houston cold Houston freeze January 2014 Star of Hope
Houston weather Houston freeze CultureMap January 2015
Houston weather freeze Houson Zoo cage wrapped in plastic January 2015 zookeepers took extra time to make sure the animals were snug
Houston weather freeze January 2015 A sweater doesn't mean Peanut is warm! Vets @ Houston SPCA say it's a myth & u need to make sure ur dog is indoors!
Houston weather Houston freeze January 2015 Sharron Melton Just in case it gets too cold in HOuston I came prepared! Sometimes gloves just aren't enough!

Below 32-degrees temps didn't put a freeze on Houstonians' morning, especially with (somewhat) warming sunshine and gorgeous blue skies above.

Rather, Bayou City residents bundled up — and bundled up their pets, too — to brave the arctic blast forecasted for the area. Good samaritans at Star of Hope handed out blankets and coats to the homeless. Pipes are wrapped, plants are covered and even the Houston Zoo animals' habitats are reinforced to keep them snuggly warm. Overall, we braved the cold pretty well, considering most of us are better acclimated to our typical (read warm) Texas clime.

CultureMap rounded up photos of our first winter freeze from several different social media outlets. If you have a pic to share of our wintry day, send it to photo editor Barbara Kuntz at barbara@culturemap.com.