Tuesday, June 15, 2021

More Winter Weather on the Way

Snow and ice cover Southlake streets.

Snow and ice cover Southlake streets.

UPDATE 3/5 12:30 p.m. The Planning and Zoning meeting will take place tonight as scheduled.  The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Council chamber.  Here is the link to the agenda: http://bit.ly/1EQTvob

UPDATE: 3/5 11:30 a.m. The roads are slowly improving as the temperature rises and the snow melts.  Southlake DPS advises drivers to be cautious especially in shady areas.  All City of Southlake offices will open at noon.

UPDATE 3/5 6:55 a.m. Southlake sand trucks are coating the streets, bridges and overpasses.  If you are outside, please give the trucks plenty room so that workers can safely do their jobs.

UPDATE 3/5 6:15 a.m.  Because of inclement weather, the City of Southlake offices will open at noon today.  Southlake DPS advises that the roads are packed with snow and ice.  They ask drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Republic Services has advised the City that all collection activities for today, 3/5, are canceled.  Services for commercial businesses will resume tomorrow (3/6) and residential services will resume on the next scheduled collection day.

UPDATE 10:05 p.m.  City of Southlake sand trucks are on the streets sanding bridges and overpasses.  Reports from the road crews say driving conditions are deteriorating quickly.  Drivers are urged to stay off the roads.

UPDATE 9:05 p.m. The bridges are starting to become icy especially over bridges and overpasses.  TxDOT has been notified.  Watch for more updates as the weather and travel conditions change throughout the night and into the morning drive time.

UPDATE 6:20 p.m. Republic Services has notified the City that crews will be delayed Thursday, 3/5 due to weather.  Republic’s plan is to start commercial collection at 9:00 a.m. and residential collection at 10:00 a.m.  Republic will be re-assessing the roads in the morning to see if further changes are required.

Another round of winter weather is eminent. At this time we are expecting winter weather to begin impacting the Southlake area after 6 p.m. At least one to three inches of sleet or snow is expected with most of the accumulation is expected overnight. Please be careful if you need to travel this evening, but especially during the morning commute when road conditions are expected to be icy.

The City of Southlake has received the following forecast from the National Weather Service. Please keep in mind that this forecast is for North and Central Texas.

Winter precipitation and travel impacts are likely across North and Central Texas late this afternoon, tonight, and especially Thursday morning. Sleet and snow will be the primary precipitation type, with some areas of freezing rain occurring as well.

  • Confidence on exact amounts/impacts is increasing as the system gets closer and closer to the area.
  • Precipitation expected in three main waves
  • Rain continues for all of the area through the afternoon.
  • Wintry mix moves from the northwest to the southeast this afternoon and tonight
  • One last band of enhanced sleet or snow during the evening/overnight hours
  • There will likely be a narrow band tonight where some locations receive multiple inches of sleet.
  • There is low confidence in forecasting the exact location of this band
  • Actual front is in the area now. Temperatures will begin to fall below 32 degrees throughout the afternoon (see next slide for timing). Winds will be strong, from the north at over 20 mph.
  • The greatest travel impacts from this event will likely occur during the morning hours on Thursday

As cold air continues to surge southward Wednesday, rain will mix with and change to sleet from northwest to southeast: 

  • Northwestern counties between Noon and 4 pm Wednesday
  • DFW Metroplex & I-20 to I-30 corridor between 4 pm and 8 pm;
  • Waco/Temple/Killeen & much of Central Texas, south of I-20, between 8pm and 2 am

For the most up to date information on the weather, please visit the National Weather Service Fort Worth/Dallas

Reports indicate Southlake may have received up to five inches of snow.

Reports indicate Southlake may have received up to five inches of snow.

City Weathers Winter Storms

View of snow falling from Town Hall on February 25, 2015.

View of snow falling from Town Hall on February 25, 2015.

UPDATE 8:45 A.M. 2/25: City of Southlake offices are open with no anticipated cancellations. The roads are wet and Southlake DPS reminds everyone to drive carefully.  

UPDATE:  9:10 p.m. 2/24:  Southlake DPS will be monitoring the roads tomorrow morning in anticipation of the morning commute.  Safety and information updates will be posted as necessary.  Look for further updates Wednesday 2/25 morning.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. 2/24: Currently, Southlake roads are mostly clear, but slushy spots remain.   Drivers are advised to be cautious in shady areas.

The latest weather models indicate the DFW area will see rain or snow in Wednesday’s pre-dawn hours with temperatures reaching the 40s by the end of the day.  The City plans to open at its normal time of 8:00 a.m. with no cancellations anticipated.

Republic Services is expected to resume trash and recycling collection  on Thursday (2/25). Missed recycling collection (2/23 & 2/24) will take place on the next recycling pickup day.  Republic advises our Monday and Tuesday recycling collection customers with overflowing bins to please place the extra recycling in a clear plastic bag or an open cardboard box so that Republic Services collection crews can see it and pick it up next week.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. 2/24: City of Southlake road crews are working to clear out the ice and slush from intersections and roadways.  At about noon, TxDOT started working on Southlake’s portion of SH 114.  Southlake DPS has warned drivers to take it slow, because black ice remains in shaded areas.

Trash and recycling service was suspended for a second day. Republic Services has indicated that trash will be picked up on the second collection day.  Missed recycling collection (2/23 & 2/24) will take place on the next recycling pickup day.  Republic advises our Monday and Tuesday recycling collection customers with overflowing bins to please place the extra recycling in a clear plastic bag or an open cardboard box so that Republic Services collection crews can see it and pick it up next week.

City offices opened at 10:00 a.m.  with reduced staffing levels.  Those with questions are encouraged to call the City at (817) 748-8400.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. 2/23: Due to icy roads in many neighborhoods, Republic Services, the City’s trash provider, has suspended service for Tuesday, 2/24.

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. 2/23:  The Senior Center, The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, The Library as well as all City of Southlake parks and facilities will be closed again tomorrow due to the weather.  All parks and recreation programs including those in the Library are also canceled.  The Southlake Arts Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow night will be rescheduled for a date in March.  Metroport Teen Court session is canceled tomorrow evening as well.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. 2/23:  Due to the freezing temperatures overnight and into the morning, the City of Southlake will delay opening until 10:00 a.m. for Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  Updates regarding City services and tomorrow’s Parks and Recreation programming will be made through out the evening.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. 2/23: From the Office of Emergency Management: The current Winter Storm Warning will expire at 6:00 p.m. since the National Weather Service does not expect any additional significant precipitation today. But, temperatures will stay below freezing and drop to 27 degrees tonight. This will result in slick roadways across the area through early Tuesday. Improving conditions are forecast as temperatures gradually rise above freezing for our between noon and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. 2/23:  No makeup day is scheduled for today’s garbage and recycling collection. Those with Monday pickup schedules are asked to place their recycling and trash at the curb on their next regularly scheduled day.  Republic Services will determine Tuesday morning (2/24) if the roads are safe enough for Tuesday collection.

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. 2/23: Due to icy conditions the Library, the Senior Center and all Southlake Parks are closed today.  Building and code inspections are canceled.  All other City offices will open at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m. 2/23: The roads covered with sleet.  Road crews are working to clear them, but Southlake DPS reminds all residents to stay off the roads if you can.

UPDATE 6:15 a.m. 2/23: City of Southlake offices will delay opening until 10:00 a.m.  Also, due to inclement weather, Republic Services has canceled all trash and recycling collections for today.  Southlake DPS would also like to remind everyone that if you don’t have to be on the roads, its best to stay inside and stay safe.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. 2/22: Due to inclement weather and the closure of CISD schools, all City of Southlake recreation programs as well as senior activity center programming has been cancelled for Monday, February 23, 2015. Cancellations also include all baseball, softball and soccer practices scheduled at City of Southlake facilities. Information regarding Tuesdays programs and activities will be posted on CityofSouthlake.com and My Southlake News.

With winter weather quickly approaching, we want to share updated information from the US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas about what to expect:

Rain will be the primary impact on Sunday, but this is not the “main event.” After a possible brief lapse in rain, wintery precipitation will begin after midnight and really pick up between 5 and 7 am for our area.

We will drop below freezing starting at 1am on Monday morning and remain below freezing until Tuesday at 10am for a total of about 40 hours. Coupled with a lack of sunshine, this could result in lingering impacts through Tuesday morning.

North to Northwest winds will be between 20 and 25 mph resulting in a wind chill of around 10 degrees for most of Monday with a bottom temperature of about 25 degrees.

While this is a winter weather event, this round should not have the same severity of impacts as the December 6-7, 2013, ice event – we will most likely not have cobblestone ice.

Surface temperatures will be sufficiently cold for widespread areas of ½”-1” of sleet…with pockets of areas of up to 2 inches of sleet and freezing rain to accumulate on many roads and bridge surfaces, forming a slick glaze by Monday morning.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the National Weather Service at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/

As always, please be extra careful if you need to travel during icy conditions.

Southlake Ice Storm Cleanup – Latest Information

TxDOT Sweep of road ice on SH 114 12/8/2013

TxDOT Sweep of road ice on SH 114 12/8/2013

UPDATE 12:55 p.m. 12/10 We would like to remind residents that for the week of Monday 12/9 – Friday 12/13, Republic Waste Services will resume all trash and recycling collection according to their typical schedule.

Due to the delayed pick ups at the end of last week, Republic anticipates an increased volume of trash and recycling throughout the week. As such, the collection of limbs, bagged leaves, or other debris may be delayed until later in the week. Questions should be directed to Republic Services at (817) 317-2424.

UPDATE 6:15 a.m. 12/9 City highways and roadways are beginning to clear but ice still remains in patches on major arterials and in sheets on neighborhood roads and parking lots.  Drivers are urged to use caution.  City of Southlake offices will open at 10:00 a.m. Monday, 12/9/2013, Tarrant County offices are scheduled to open at noon.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m. 12/8 Republic Services has advised the City that they are planning to run their regular schedule Monday 12/9.  Limbs and brush that have fallen as a result of the storm may not get picked up until the end of the week.  Republic would also like to remind customers who had their Friday pickup rescheduled that the new pick up day for trash is Tuesday 12/10.   Recycling is scheduled for pickup on Friday 12/13.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m. 12/8  City of Southlake  Community Services programs have been canceled for Monday evening 12/9.  For more information please click here.   The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Fog Advisory for tonight until 10:00 a.m. Monday.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. 12/8 TxDOT’s sweep team arrived in Southlake around 4:00 p.m.  The caravan swept SH 114 as part of a larger effort all over Tarrant County highways.  Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing again in the overnight hours so drivers will need to be careful tomorrow morning.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m. 12/8 TxDOT will use heavy machinery to sweep  SH 121 and SH 114 to help clear out of the ice.  They are asking all drivers to stay off the highways so they can complete their tasks quickly.  Many churches have either canceled services or are streaming them online.  The Freezing Fog Advisory has been extended to 12 noon for North Texas.  If you must be on the roads, drive slowly and use caution.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m. 12/7 The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Fog Advisory for Southlake and much of the DFW metroplex until 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  This could bring a light layer of ice to the area.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. 12/6 The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning that was to remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. Friday (12/6) evening.   Now they have issued a Hard Freeze Warning from midnight tonight to 9:00 a.m. Saturday (12/7).

First responders from the Southlake Police and Fire Departments have been keeping a close eye on conditions all day long.  While some of the ice on the roadways has turned to slush, temperatures remain below freezing.

“When the sun goes down, the temperatures will fall into the teens and ice and snow on the roads will re-freeze,” said Fire Chief Mike Starr.  “We are encouraging everyone to  keep that in mind and think twice before heading out on the roads this evening.”

“Since 6:30am, officers assisted 65 stranded motorists on area roadways to include SH 114. We are very grateful to citizens for heeding the warnings generated regarding weather and road conditions” said Police Chief Stephen Mylett. “For everyone’s safety, to include first responders, we continue to encourage citizens to stay off the roads as we expect ice conditions to continue through the weekend. If you have to be out, please drive slowly and defensively.”

The City of Southlake Public Works crews will continue sanding Southlake streets through out the weekend.  Drivers are asked to give the sand trucks a wide berth if they encounter them on the roadway.

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. 12/6:  The Southlake Library, the Bob Jones Nature Center and the  Southlake Tennis  Center will be closed Saturday, 12/7 because of the weather.

UPDATE  9:05 a.m. 12/6:  Due to the weather, Southlake Community Services has canceled Breakfast with Santa and the Youth basketball games that were scheduled for Saturday, 12/7.  For more information please click here.

UPDATE  8:45 a.m. 12/6: Tarrant County offices at Town Hall are closed today due to inclement weather.

UPDATE  7:00 a.m. 12/6:  Trash collection for 12/6 will be delayed until Tuesday, December 10th.  Recycling pickup is delayed until Friday, 12/13.

UPDATE 6:15 a.m. 12/6/2013:  City of Southlake offices are closed Friday, December 6, 2013 due to inclement weather.  The roads around Southlake are covered with up to an inch of  frozen precipitation.  Drivers are asked to stay off the roads if at all possible.

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(December 5, 2013) A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service beginning Thursday(12/5) at 6 p.m. to remain in effect until Friday(12/6) at 6 p.m. Rain, and possibly sleet or ice, along with freezing temperatures are expected—which could create icy conditions. According to the current forecast, temperatures are expected to remain in the 20’s and 30’s for at least the next 48 hours.

The City of Southlake will be monitoring conditions throughout today and tomorrow, and will be sending out public works crews as needed to help keep area roads safe. Southlake first responders will also be on stand-by to respond to emergencies as needed.

“If you need to drive, please slow down, drive smart and exercise caution throughout the duration of this storm,” said Police Chief Stephen Mylett. “If you can, stay off the roads, we would like to see storm-related emergency calls kept to a minimum.”

Expected ice accumulations could cause hazardous road conditions throughout the duration of the storm. Should these conditions occur, it is advised that residents only drive in case of an emergency.

These conditions may result in a delay of trash and recycling collection on Friday(12/6). Residents will be notified of this delay by Friday morning.

Residents should be aware of the risk of branches breaking due to ice accumulation—which may cause power outages. Oncor advises everyone to have an emergency kit with flashlights and batteries and a plan to stay with friends or family that does have electricity in the event there is a widespread outage. Residents should stay at least 10 feet away from any area with fallen power lines. Please report fallen power lines to Oncor at 1-888-313-4747 or online at: http://stormcenter.oncor.com.

Southlake Fire Chief, Mike Starr, urges residents to be prepared, “Stock up on food, water, and other essentials before the storm hits. Also, make sure to fill gas tanks and keep food, water, and blankets in your vehicle in case of emergency.”

The City of Southlake is monitoring these conditions and will activate the Emergency Operations Center if needed. For the latest updates during this storm, visit www.CityofSouthlake.com and www.MySouthlakeNews.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information on how to be prepared in winter weather, please visit the City’s Office of Emergency Management webpage.

City of Southlake Closures as of 12/5 at 3:30 p.m.

Southlake Public Library: closing today at 5 p.m.
Southlake Tennis Center: closing today at 5 p.m.
Bob Jones Nature Center: closing today at 5 p.m.

All City events Thursday afternoon are canceled.