A Winter Storm Warning continues till Thursday evening throughout the region. 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 (Updated at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24th.)
Roadway conditions throughout the city this morning include areas that are covered in a thin sheet of black ice. This includes both highways and intercity roadways. Accelerating and braking are dangerous on these stretches. The interchanges at 67 and 287 are passable and are treated.
US 287 had to be shut down and re-treated between 14th and Walter Stephenson due to ice and a multi-vehicle crash. The roadway is back open now.
If you do not need to be out please stay home. If you must drive in these conditions please drive slowly, be alert at all times, and avoid sudden braking and acceleration.
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.