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.
As the City and the Country enters severe weather season for 2014, all of us have already been reminded that severe weather can strike any place at anytime. To mitigate the impact of severe weather, the City of Southlake has reaffirmed its commitment to being a prepared and resilient community by renewing its status as a StormReady Community.
StormReady is a federal program through the National Weather Service that forms a partnership with local communities. This partnership is the foundation of the StormReady program that ensures not only the City of Southlake is prepared for severe weather, but also that we have worked with the National Weather Service to build a strong partnership. Part of the relationship building process included a tour of the National Weather Service facility in Fort Worth and an invitation to the National Weather Service to view Southlake’s emergency operations center. In addition to site visits, the National Weather Service will be sharing their expertise on storm spotting with the volunteer groups in Southlake during a special presentation on May 29th.
In order to receive the StormReady designation, the City of Southlake had to meet several requirements that support severe weather preparedness. The National Weather Service reviewed our local warning point function, the emergency operations center, the mechanisms we use to receive severe weather forecasts, the methods we use to alert the public about severe weather, how we provide public outreach to train and prepare for severe weather, and that we account for severe weather in our comprehensive emergency operations plan.
On Tuesday, May 6th, Mayor John Terrell and the Southlake City Council formally accepted the StormReady Community renewal from Mark Fox, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with National Weather Service. This provided a great opportunity to publicly show the preparedness efforts the City of Southlake maintains for severe weather and the efforts being made to ensure Southlake stays a resilient community.
Should you have any questions about the StormReady designation or if you would like a presentation to a group about personal preparedness, please contact the Southlake Office of Emergency Management at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-781-7273.