A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for eastern North Texas, including Midlothian. In effect now through Thursday evening, here are details of the forecast, current impacts on city services, road conditions, and preparations you should take.
STATUS OF GARBAGE COLLECTION & OTHER CITY SERVICES
Garbage Collection Suspended till Friday
Waste Connections, the City's solid waste disposal provider, has informed the City that due to icy road conditions today, recycling pickup is being suspended immediately. Thursday solid waste pickup will also be cancelled. Friday solid waste pickup will be a late start. Normal operations will resume on Monday.
Non-essential City offices - will delay opening until Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
A.H. Meadows Library - closed on Wed., Feb. 23, and will be closed on Thurs., Feb. 24. It will also be closed as usual on Friday, Feb. 25.
All City Sport Fields - Are closed as of Wed., Feb. 23. Park restrooms are closed until Fri., Feb. 25.
Senior Activity Center - Closing early on Wed. and will be closed Thursday.
COVID-19 Testing Kiosk at MISD Stadium - Closing Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.
WINTER STORM WARNING DETAILS
WHAT - A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Thursday at 6 p.m. A mix of freezing rain and sleet. New ice accumulations, between one tenth to one quarter inch. Sleet accumulation less than one quarter inch.
WHERE - Portions of eastern north Texas, including Midlothian.
WHEN - Now until 6 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 24th.
Roads should become ice covered making travel dangerous especially tonight and Thursday morning.
Power outages and tree damage due to ice are possible.
Hilco Electric Cooperative customers may report an outage at https://hilco.coop/ or by calling (254) 687-2331 or (800) 338-6425.
All others may report outages to Oncor and check for updates at the Oncor Storm Center website at Oncor – Outage Map or call (888) 313-4747 or text OUT to 66267.
- Cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
- Damage to uninsulated and/or exposed pipes.
LOCAL ROAD CONDITIONS -
Intercity roads (surface streets) will become iced over as rain begins around midnight Wednesday. The highways have been treated and are passable at slower speeds. Elevated bridges have been sanded at 9th Street at Highway 67, Midlothian Parkway Bridge, 9th Street at US 287 and 14th Street at US 287.
8th Street Bridge is closed. Please use 9th Street as an alternate route.
PRECAUTIONARY & PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
How to prevent pipes from freezing:
- Letting faucets drip or stream slightly can help prevent damage.
- Open cabinet doors beneath sinks so room temperature air can warm the pipes.
- Make sure your heat is on, even overnight.
- Cover outdoor faucets.
- Frost on pipes could mean they are frozen.
Know how to shut off your water.
Cut off your water as soon as you suspect you have a leaking or broken pipe. If you have a city meter box, water may only be shut off by a city employee.
City of Midlothian water customers may report an emergency main break or broken service line 24 hours a day by calling (972) 775-3333.
Prepare an emergency kit.
- Drinking water and food
- Blankets, pillows, and clothing
- Basic first-aid supplies
- Basic toiletries
- Battery-operated radio
- Extra supply of batteries
- Cell phone with chargers
- Cash and credit cards
- Basic tools (duct tape, wrench, etc.)
- Important documents and numbers
- Toys, books, and games
- Baby supplies
- Pet supplies
Follow the link below for more information about winter weather preparedness.