Monday, September 21, 2020

Winter Weather Update

UPDATE 6:30 am 1/16/2018: the National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Weather Advisory.  Temperatures remain very cold.  Drivers are asked to use caution on the roads.

The DFW area, including Southlake, is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6:00 p.m. Monday night (1/15) until 12:00 pm Tuesday (1/16) afternoon.

According to the Southlake DPS Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, wintry precipitation is likely across most of North and Central Texas Monday night and Tuesday morning.

If you are planning to travel late this evening or tomorrow morning stay informed. For the latest information around Southlake, visit the Southlake DPS Facebook page, Southlake DPS Twitter, the City of Southlake’s Facebook page, or the City of Southlake’s Twitter page.  For the latest DFW information you can visit the National Weather Service Fort Worth Facebook page or your favorite local news source.

For information about the City’s emergency management operations and ideas about getting informed and getting prepared for hazards that could affect our community, visit CityofSouthlake.com.

 

Preparing for the New Year and cold winter weather

Southlake will be ringing in the New Year with colder temperatures. Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the 20’s with wind chills in the teens on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

There is a 20 percent chance of winter weather precipitation as well. If winter weather does occur it is forecast to be light and mostly on elevated surfaces.

Understanding Winter Wx_Freezing Rain Infographic MSNWith winter just starting, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help prepare for the colder weather.

Driving

  • If you must travel, choose your route wisely. Avoid known steep hills or inclines.
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready to travel. Check fuel, coolant level, and tire pressure.
  • Slow down and allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Avoid making sharp turns or braking suddenly.
  • If your vehicle starts to skid, gently steer in the direction of the skid to regain control.
  • From a stop, accelerate slowly to get better traction.
  • Sand, kitty litter or cardboard can help you regain traction if you get stuck.
  • Do not pass sanding vehicles.
  • Be sure to have blankets, water, jumper cables, a flashlight, and tow rope in case you get stranded.

Pipes:

  • During cold weather, pipes may freeze, causing water leaks and damage to your home. Protect your home by opening the cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow air from your home’s heater to warm the pipes under the sink.
  • Let faucets drip – moving water freezes slower than still water.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and pipes with insulation or newspaper, and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.
  • Winterize all irrigation systems.

Plants:

  • Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
  • Be sure to group plants that are in containers together, and near your home. Remember that soil in containers can get just as cold as the air temperature, and cause the roots to freeze, even if the above-surface leaves survive.

Pets

  • Make sure pets have a warm dry place to stay.
  • Give them plenty of water and food.

Stay up-to-date with winter weather in Southlake by following Southlake Emergency Management on Southlake DPS Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Inclement Weather Update: Full List of City Closures

Exactly two months after a winter storm caused problems in DFW, Mother Nature has struck again. The morning storm brought freezing temperatures and left both snow and ice on the roads—causing a slow commute.

Southlake Public Works crews have been monitoring conditions throughout the day. As of 3 p.m. today, crews have put out more than 50 tons of sand on Southlake’s streets in an effort to increase traction and melt ice. Crews will continue to monitor road conditions throughout the evening and tomorrow and respond as needed.

Southlake Police Department has been busy as well. Officers have responded to more than 60 minor accidents so far today. Drivers are asked to remain cautious on roads especially on overpasses, bridges, roundabouts, and when turning.

With the exception of the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting to be held as scheduled—with work session starting at 5:30 p.m., all other activities have been canceled.

Here is a complete list of City cancellations and closures for 2/6:

  • Bob Jones Nature Center: closed
  • Southlake Public Library: closing today at 5 p.m.
  • Southlake Tennis Center: closed
  • Southlake Senior Center: closed
  • All Parks & Recreation programs are cancelled
  • Tax Aide Services will end at 5 p.m.
  • Fire Department CERT class is cancelled

Due to temperatures in the upper teens and lower 20s the rest of today, tonight, and tomorrow the snow and ice is expected to remain on roads until late morning or early afternoon. Drivers should use caution and watch for ice patches tomorrow morning on bridges, overpasses and on neighborhood streets.

The City of Southlake will continue to monitor conditions throughout the tonight and tomorrow. For the latest updates on inclement weather, 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.

Carroll ISD Announces Delayed Start

Update at 7:30 p.m.

Carroll ISD announces a two-hour delayed start for Friday, February 7, 2014
CISD school officials, in consultation with transportation staff, weather experts and area school superintendents, have decided to delay the opening of schools by two hours on Friday, February 7 due to cold temperatures, icy sidewalks and parking lot conditions. This will give our staff and students more time to safely commute to our buildings after morning rush hour traffic clears. It will also give CISD time to continue to monitor weather conditions and to prepare our campuses for the arrival of staff/students.

Be advised that today’s weather came in quickly and much heavier than expected. There is about a 30% chance for more snow or drizzle tomorrow morning. Should the situation unexpectedly worsen overnight or tomorrow morning, we will make official announcements using our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts (@Carrollisd). We will also utilize your child’s emergency contact information via our Connect-ED emailing and calling system.

We sincerely appreciate all the kind words and support you shared with us during a difficult weather event today. You would be proud of our Dragon staff for taking care of kids, helping drivers maneuver tricky slopes and putting safety first.  Tomorrow you can sleep a little longer, but be careful driving and bundle those Dragons up for the bus stops. We love your kids! 

Update at 12:00 p.m.

Carroll ISD announced an early dismissal today. Teen student drivers will be dismissed first; dismissal at all intermediate, middle and high schools will be at 1 p.m. Preschool will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. Dismissal at elementary schools will be at 2 p.m. to allow buses to return after secondary routes. Parents can certainly pick up their children at any time you feel it is safe to do so.

All afternoon and evening activities have been canceled for Carroll ISD; the regional dive meet in nearby Keller just started and will continue as planned.

Carroll ISD monitored weather throughout the evening and morning. At 6:30 a.m. we had no snow accumulations and a projection of only a dusting of snow. As you know, the snow not only continued to fall, but accumulated quickly causing roads to deteriorate faster than expected. Safety is always and remains our top priority, but conditions and information do change regularly. Our goal now is to get everyone home safely. Please drive carefully; you can follow us on Twitter @carrollisd. We will announce when the last CISD buses return safely – please realize the buses will travel safely, but slowly, so expect delays.

Carroll ISD will continue to monitor the weather, using our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts (#SAFEdragon) to make official announcements about Friday. Connect-ED will also be utilized for official announcements as needed.

Thank you as always for your patience and support during a rapidly changing situation.

Original Post at 10:00 a.m.

Carroll Independent School District officials spent the morning keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast and current conditions outdoors. A light snowfall began around 7 a.m. and has continued to increase throughout the morning. Carroll ISD officials continue to move throughout the district, checking the safety of sidewalks, parking lots and streets. District staff have and will continue to apply ice melt as needed in areas on campus.

CISD confers with neighboring districts, transportation staff and local officials with regards to the weather situation. 

As the snow continues to fall, crews with the City of Southlake have been out sanding the roads and roundabouts.

Due to the roads worsening this morning, high school bus shuttles were cancelled and students drivers were not allowed to leave campus due to the conditions.

All after school athletic events and practices have been cancelled.

For the fastest way to get district updates follow Carroll ISD on Twitter @Carrollisd, FacebookMySouthlakeNews.com and the district website, www.southlakecarroll.edu.

UPDATED: Winter Weather Hits Southlake

UPDATE: 2/6/14 12:55 p.m.- All Parks and Recreation programs are canceled today due to inclement weather.

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A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 2 p.m. this afternoon. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for at least the next twenty-four hours resulting in a continued presence of ice on sections of the roadway throughout the day and during the afternoon commute.The Public Works department continues to sand local roadways and will continue to do so until it is no longer needed.

Since early this morning the Southlake Police Department has worked several motor vehicle accidents due to the weather conditions. In the City of Southlake we are witnessing minor accumulations of snow, however; hidden beneath the snow, in certain areas, is a layer of ice that is creating hazardous driving conditions on our local roadways. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and to allow plenty of time to get to their destination. If at all possible please stay off the roadways.

The City of Southlake will be monitoring these conditions throughout the day. For the latest updates, visit www.CityofSouthlake.com and www.MySouthlakeNews.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages and the  Southlake DPS Facebook.

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

Carroll Schools Closed Tuesday, Dec. 10

Update: Schools Closed Tuesday, Dec. 10

Due to freezing temperatures and sidewalk and parking lot conditions at Carroll ISD campuses, the district will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Update: Schools Closed Monday, Dec. 9

Due to inclement weather and road conditions, Carroll ISD schools will be closed Monday, Dec. 9. All after school activities have been cancelled.

Update at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

Carroll ISD will be closed Friday, December 6, 2013 due to winter weather conditions. All student activities and competitions for Friday are canceled, as well. Parents, students and staff were notified via automated phone call and email. Carroll ISD also notified the community through online resources and district social media accounts.

Original post at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

Carroll ISD continues to monitor the winter weather conditions and forecasts for freezing rain and temperatures. This afternoon, the district officially canceled all after school and evening activities for Thursday, Dec. 5. This includes indoor and outdoor activities such as tutoring, meetings, athletic practices and competitions, academics and fine arts events. As of now, the school day will be completed as usual and buses will run on schedule for afternoon routes. However, there will be no after school or evening activities due to the inclement weather.

Decisions about the Friday, Dec. 6 school day will be made when at all possible by 6 a.m. that day. Keep checking this website, Carroll ISD’s official website, www.southlakecarroll.eduas well as the district’s official Twitter account @Carrollisd (#SAFEdragon) and official Facebook page: Official News of Carroll ISD.

Safety is a top priority. Carroll ISD will continue to monitor weather and road conditions, making official announcements to staff, students and parents as quickly as possible.

Jogging for Johnson Rescheduled

Winter weather prompted organizers of the annual Jogging for Johnson 5K to reschedule the event. The Johnson Elementary School fundraiser will now take place next Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m. Registration on race day begins at 7:30 a.m. The event offers a 5K and 1 mile fun run and is followed by breakfast with Santa. Additional details available online at www.joggingforjohnson.com.