<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:32:48 -0600 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:32:48 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Sunny, Windy and Warm]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:22:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122814+7day+4cast.jpg

The normal high for this time of year is 58. This afternoon NTX will be near 80 degrees. Cooler and wet weather returns this weekend. Early next week nighttime temps could dip below freezing.

TODAY: Sunny, warm and windy.  High: 80.  Wind: S 20-25 mph.

TONIGHT:  Clear, less windy.  Low: 52.  Wind: SW 10 mph.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy and windy.  Low: 52.  High: 63.  Wind:  N 15-25 mph.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy and cool.  Low: 40.  High: 52.  Wind: NE 10 mph.

SATURDAY:  An 80 percent chance for rain. Cloudy and cool.  Low: 40.  High: 48.  Wind: SE 10 mph.

SUNDAY:  A 30 percent chance for rain early in the day. Cool and windy.  Low: 42.  High: 49.  Wind: N 15-25 mph.

MONDAY:  Mostly sunny and cool.  Low 30.  High: 47.  Wind:  NE 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny.  Low: 32.  High: 52.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Airlines Brace For Northeast Blizzard]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:53:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WEA_NE_P11.jpg

The snow may be falling hundreds of miles from North Texas, but it's having an impact on North Texas-based airlines and their passengers.

A storm the National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Connecticut by Wednesday.

A blizzard warning was issued for New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service said the massive storm would bring heavy snow and powerful winds starting Monday and into Tuesday.

The impacts of that storm, even before it developed and moved into the area, were already being felt at airports across the country.

According to FlightAware.com, 3,106 flights had been canceled across the country by 5 p.m. CT on Monday. Another 4,964 were delayed, a large majority due to the weather in the northeast.

At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the impact was far less than what New York and New England airports had been seeing in terms of cancelations.

FlightAware showed 34 departing flights and 26 arriving flights canceled out of DFW on Monday. Enough canceled flights to leave some passengers in limbo.

"I flew in from Vegas, trying to get to New York," said Zac Engledow of Brisbane, Australia. "I knew the storm was coming, but I was hoping that it wouldn't."

Engledow watched the departure boards Monday afternoon in a vain attempt to get to Newark Airport, but whether it was Newark, Philadelphia, Boston or New York's LaGuardia, there was little chance of leaving DFW on Monday afternoon. It left business travelers, people trying to get home and travelers heading there on a whim out of luck.

"I just met a random girl at the bar last night and she invited me to New York," Engledow said.

While some tried to beat the storm, others have been watching it for days, like Southwest Airlines meteorologist Myrnda Muehlman.

"Potentially upwards of three and four feet in parts of New York and New England. We're talking a major Nor'Easter," Muehlman said.

And that means major impacts to nine of Southwest's airports.

"We're looking at the three New York airports and six airports in the New England area," said Robert Stacey, superintendent of dispatch at Southwest.

There were nearly 200 flights canceled on Monday, per FlightAware, and Stacey said a little more than 300 were already canceled for Tuesday in addition to another 50 for Wednesday morning. More cancellations may occur depending on how long it takes for airports to get back to normal operations.

"The way we connect passengers and crews throughout our system, the impact will feel more than 10-percent, even though the hard number is a little less," Stacey said of the total number of flights being canceled by the airline.

But for those still trying to get to the northeast, the impact means a change of plans, even ones made just the night before.

"Pretty bad timing," Engledow said. "I don't know, maybe just fly back to L.A. and go home."

American Airlines reported 906 canceled flights on Monday, including American, U.S. Airways and regional partners. Another 1,396 flights have been canceled for Tuesday, according to the airline.

FlightAware shows 49 flights already canceled out of DFW on Tuesday, or five-percent of all departing flights. Fewer flights are being impacted out of Dallas Love Field.

Due to the inclement weather both American and Southwest are allowing passengers to make ticket changes ahead of a major northeast snow storm.

AMERICAN AIRLINES

The Fort Worth based airline is waiving the ticket reissue charge for passengers traveling to the following airports Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:

Albany, NY (ALB)
Allentown / Bethlehem, PA (ABE)
Baltimore, MD (BWI)
Bangor, ME (BGR)
Boston, MA (BOS)
Burlington, VT (BTV)
Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
Hartford, CT (BDL)
Islip / Long Island/Macarthur, NY (ISP)
Manchester, NH (MHT)
New Haven, CT (HVN)
New York Kennedy, NY (JFK)
New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
Newark, NJ (EWR)
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Portland, ME (PWM)
Providence, RI (PVD)
Scranton / Wilkes Barre, PA (AVP)
State College University Park, PA (SCE)
Stewart / Newburgh, NY (SWF)
Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)
Washington Reagan Nat'l, DC (DCA)
Westchester County / White Plains, NY (HPN)
Williamsport, PA (IPT)

Call Reservations personnel at 1-800-433-7300 to make ticket changes.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

Dallas based Southwest Airlines is also allowing passengers flying Monday and Tuesday to change their tickets at no additional charge if they are flying in or out of the following cities:

Albany, NY (ALB)
Baltimore, MD (BWI)
Boston, MA (BOS)
Hartford, CT (BDL)
Islip / Long Island/Macarthur, NY (ISP)
Manchester, NH (MHT)
New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
Newark, NJ (EWR)
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Portland, ME (PWM)
Providence, RI (PVD)
Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)
Washington Reagan Nat'l, DC (DCA)

Call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Service Representative.



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<![CDATA[Keeping Warm, Safe in Freezing Weather]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:07:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thermostat+061014.jpg

Heating and air conditioning companies in DFW are swamped with the recent temperature drop.

“We can run up to 40-50 calls a day,” said Troy Berry with B&B Heat & Air in Dallas.

One of Berry’s calls on Thursday was to a woman in Ferris, whose heater had stopped working overnight.

When she woke up, the temperature in her house nearly matched that of outside.

“So, it was 17 degrees here this morning, so you can imagine how cold it was. It was probably 27, 26, 28 degrees inside the home,” said Berry.

Berry said even with the increase in calls, he’s working to provide same-day service to customers because of the extreme weather.

“Especially for the elderly. They get sick and it’s hard for them to recover. Especially for young kids, too. You run into a lot of problems there. There flu’s out here right now and it’s running rampant.”

Berry said many times heater problems can be prevented if people take the right steps.

“The first thing is cleanness. Makes sure you have a good clean filter. The other thing is when it gets this cold, [your heater] is only going to reach a certain degree. Don’t over work it. Set your temperature down a few degrees to make sure it keeps working,” said Berry.

Out on the roads, the Texas Department of Transportation is working to keep roads clear if snow or ice were to fall across North Texas.

Crews have been pre-treating roads with brine, instead of the usual salt-sand mixture.

“In the past, we were using the liquid salt-based anti-icer and we would have to time it correctly,” said TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine.

“We couldn’t do it too soon and we couldn’t do it too late. If you put it down too soon the cars would blow it off the road. What brine does, it forms a residue on the road and it can stay for a week to a week and a half,” he said.

LaFontaine said TxDOT implemented its Emergency Operations Center on Thursday.

He said employees will be at the center 24-7 to monitor the weather and road conditions.

If a wintry mix were to begin to fall, crews could jump into action immediately.
 



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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:36:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

NBCDFW and NBC 5 offer an automated system for school and business closings and delays that can be accessed online and over the phone for school and business administrators.

Due to the size of the Metroplex, only closings and delays for schools and large businesses with more than 500 employees will air on television. The status of religious facilities, day care centers, small businesses and other establishments will only be posted on NBCDFW.com.

To register, please send an email to Sharla.Alford@nbcuni.com with the name of your institution, the main contact name, phone number and email, as well as the physical address of the school, church or business.

To see a complete listing of current closing and delays, click here.

Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information click here.

We will not sign up new clients during an inclement weather event, so please sign up before your school or business needs to use our services.



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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck – As Tough as Texas Weather]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:29:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thunder-truck4.JPG

Everything is bigger in Texas, including our new, state-of-the-art storm chase truck, now officially named the Texas Thunder Truck.

Thunder Truck is a customized extended Ford F-250 Super Duty loaded with innovative, groundbreaking technology that will allow it to chase and report live from any Texas weather event.

The heavy duty suspension, custom bumpers and commanding stance reflect the fact that Thunder Truck was not simply designed to cover the aftermath of a storm, but to actually chase and report the storm as it is happening.

It has three HD point of view cameras that can point in any direction and it can transmit dual HD streams while driving on or off road. Thunder Truck even has it's own Twitter account, follow along @TXThunderTruck.

The truck's name was sent in by an NBC 5 viewer who submitted her suggestion along with more than 2,200 entries in our Name the Truck Contest.

Here’s more from the team that built Thunder Truck, Accelerated Media Technologies, Inc.

  • An industry first onboard radar system gives viewers a local view of the exact conditions at the live truck.
  • Viasat’s KA Band service has been mated to (2) of Dejero’s VSETS to provide the FIRST DUAL PATH KA/Cell Bonded Vehicle in existence.
  • Among a host of new technologies reserved for KXAS’s viewers, the truck supports 2 Ghz microwave, a 35’ mast, ultrasonic weather gear, Mobile Threat-Net software and Wireless POV Cameras in every direction.
  • Our 5KW Victron Inverter Power System (V.I.P Ultra +) is combined with a MEPS System to give the truck dual/redundant power sources and an ability to generate 5KW of power at any speed (or with the engine off).
  • Of course the truck has ample storage and a heavy duty antenna platform rated for severe weather operation.

NO ONE in the region has a more powerful weather resource.



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<![CDATA[Tips to Cope When It's Ridiculously Cold]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:42:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_162996170.jpg

Snow, high winds and freezing temperatures are expected to leave much of the Eastern United States shivering this week.

Here's how you can minimize the misery:

1. Bundle Up (and Swap Out the Leggings)

It might seem obvious, but piling on a few extra layers is a great way to stay warm, especially if you have to be outside. Keeping your core warm is especially important when temperatures dip below freezing, so try wearing an extra shirt or two under your coat.

Worried about looking bulky? Many sporting goods companies make cold-weather gear that is slim enough to be worn even under work clothes.

For ladies who love wearing leggings, try swapping them out for long underwear. Several hiking-gear companies make long underwear that has the same look as leggings and will help keep you warm. A bonus: Most long underwear is meant to dry quickly, so leftover snow and slush won't leave your legs damp.

2. Indulge in Foods That Help You Keep Warm

You already know that eating well in the winter could help you stay healthy, but did you know it might help keep you warm, too? Eating extra, healthy fats during the winter can help rev up metabolism, which in turn heats the body, according to Columbia Health.

If your New Year's resolution was to drop a few pounds, don't worry -- you can always skip the extra fat and try eating warmer foods and drinks. Try soups, spicy foods, hot coffee and teas to reverse the chill!

3. We're Sorry: Alcohol Decreases Core Temperatures 

Although alcoholic beverages might make you feel warm, they actually decrease your core temperature and can be dangerous during winter months. 

According to The New York Times and a study by Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, alcohol reverses some reflexes that control body temperature, especially the body's ability to shiver. Alcohol can also make you sweat, even when it is cold, which can lower core temperatures even more. 

4. Keep Your Toes Toasty

Hypothermia is most likely to begin in extremities like your hands and feet, so keeping your toes warm is important. Whether you're walking to work or just around the block, make sure to wear sturdy, insulated shoes that will help prevent slips on slick surfaces and keep your feet dry.

Looking for a pair? Try a good pair of hiking books or, for the fashionista, this article from Glamour offers boots that are cozy and cute. Also, consider wearing an extra pair of socks (here's a helpful article to help you choose the right pair). 

5. Sunglasses... Even in the Winter

If you're walking in the snow during the day, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare.

If you are walking at night, make sure to dress in colors other than white and to wear something reflective on your person to alert drivers to your presence. 

Avoid walking too close to roadways, especially near icy areas where drivers may lose control of their vehicle. 

6. Remember the "Three-Feet Rule"

Space heaters are a great way to add extra heat to colder rooms, but always remember to keep anything flammable at least three feet away from the heater at all times.

Flammable items include clothing, rugs, bedding and curtains. Also remember to place the heater on a hard, non-flammable, stable surface and to turn it off completely before leaving the house. Set a reminder on your phone if you're afraid you'll forget.

7. Watch Out for Furry Friends

You might be jealous of your dog or cat's fur coat when temperatures drop, but they need to be kept warm, too. 

Catherine Blake, owner of Make My Day, Please dog walking services suggests dog walks should be limited to 10 minutes.

"You also have to be careful of ice in their paws because it can act like little daggers," Blake said.

Always remember to bring pets inside when temperatures begin to drop. If they can't come inside, provide enough bedding and insulated shelter for them to keep warm. If temperatures are below freezing, remember to check pets' water and replace it if it has frozen.

8. Monitor Fires

It's easy to snooze in front of a roaring fire, but always make sure that fireplace embers are completely out before going to bed for the night. 

Wood fireplaces should always have a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. 

9. Don't Warm Up Your Car While It's Unattended

Although letting your car heat up before you hop in can be tempting, leaving your car running when you're not around offers the perfect opportunity for thieves to steal it. 

Instead, have a family member wait inside it while you finish getting ready, and then switch "shifts" with them when you have finished. Alternate who goes first to keep it fair.

10. Assemble a Car Emergency Kit

Check the CDC's car emergency checklist to ensure you are prepared in case you have a roadside emergency during inclement weather. 

11. Keep Heat Constant

Setting your thermostat at the same temperature day and night will help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. While avoiding a high heating bill might be tempting, you could be protecting yourself from costly repairs from frozen or burst pipes. 

If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, don't lower heat below 55 degrees. 

12. Protect Pipes

Keeping the heat on isn't the only thing you can do to protect pipes from freezing

State Farm suggests letting your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and opening cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and on exterior walls.

Locate the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts, one local water agency spokesperson advises.

13. Watch Out for Antifreeze

People often use antifreeze on sidewalks and paths to melt ice and snow, but the dangers to humans and pets if it is ingested are serious. 

Know the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in humans and monitor children who are behaving oddly after returning from playing outside. 

Wipe down pets' paws, stomachs and tails when they come inside so they do not ingest antifreeze when licking themselves. Check symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in animals to ensure you are prepared in case they become sick.

14. Know the Terms

Familiarize yourself with government terms for winter weather emergencies

  • Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
  • Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
  • Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
  • Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.
  • Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
  • Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.

15. Make Sure Roads Are Safe Before Driving

Online snow plow trackers make it easy to check when roads in your area are clear and safe to drive after snowfall. 

16. Write Down Important Utility Numbers

Heavy snow and ice can settle on power lines and cause power outages. Write down utility numbers and have them handy during a storm in case you need to report an outage or incident.

17. Watch for Signs of Hypothermia 

Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can result in hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. A body temperature that's too low can affect the brain, which makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because the victim may not know it is happening. 

Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at merely cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.

Check the CDC's guide for recognizing hypothermia to prepare yourself to help someone suffering from the condition. 

18. Help the Homeless

Be on the lookout for homeless people who could get hypothermia as temperatures dip into the teens overnight. If you see someone  who needs shelter or warmer clothing, call your local shelter hot line or authorities.

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<![CDATA[Arctic Cold Front Moves Into North Texas]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:10:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/temps-010815.jpg

An Arctic cold front has arrived in North Texas, dropping temperatures into the teens and wind chills to single digits.

North Texas Roads

NBC 5's Josh Ault drove around Dallas County where the Texas Department of Transportation treated roads with a brine solution — mixture of salt and water that lasts for several days — in case of a weather event.

TxDOT spokesman Ryan Lafontaine said with the older methods, they would have to time the treatments correctly.

"If you put it down too soon the cars would blow it off the road," he said. "What brine does, it forms a residue on the road and it can stay for a week, a week and a half."

TxDOT officials said crews also treated major roadways in Tarrant County, including Interstate 30, Interstate 20, Interstate 35W and Loop 820. They paid special attention to the Mixmaster near downtown Fort Worth.

Crews will treat several roads in Collin and Denton counties Thursday night, officials said.

North Texas Tollway Authority officials said they will treat their roads by the end of the day Thursday.

MedStar's Cold Weather Protocol

MedStar officials said they implemented cold weather protocol Thursday, which means they made outdoor calls a priority and first responders will watch closely for hypothermia and frostbite.

"The cold weather does make medical problems worse. Specifically respiratory difficulties," MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said. "So people who have asthma or emphysema would typically have additional breathing problems in this kind of weather."

Once "real feel" temperatures increase to above 25 degrees, MedStar will return to normal practice.

Paramedics suggested that North Texans limit time spent outside, stay dry and wear several layers of clothing.

Home Preparations

Texas Department of Public Safety officials advised North Texans to be prepared for the cold as well.

Officials suggested:

  • Preparing a tool kit with a pocket knife, windshield scraper and shovel.
  • Making sure vehicles are up to date on maintenance.
  • Charging cellphones.
  • Having a flash light and extra batteries ready in case of a blackout.

All pets should be kept inside and outdoor plants covered during the cold, officials said. Homeowners should ensure outdoor pipes are insulated.



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<![CDATA[North Texans Prepare for Arctic Blast]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:51:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cold+weather+preps.jpg North Texans are preparing for the coldest night of the season and the possibility of winter precipitation as we head into the weekend. TxDOT began pretreating major roadways in Tarrant and Dallas counties Wednesday. A spokesman for the Tarrant and Dallas districts say crews will then pretreat roadways in surrounding counties. TxDOT is using brine, a solution with a water and salt, which spokesman Tony Hartzel says is a fairly new application for TxDOT. TxDOT will continue to monitor forecasts for the possibility of winter precipitation and will operate 24 hours should roadways become slick.

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<![CDATA[Cold, Strong Winds on Sunday]]> Sun, 04 Jan 2015 08:02:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WA+SUN+AM+7DAY.jpg

Sunday will be a windy and cold day across the Metroplex.

Expect north winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour.

Temperatures will be in the 30s, with wind chills in the upper 10s and 20s.

Winds will diminish tonight, but it will still be very cold with lows in the low 20s.

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<![CDATA[More Rain and Cold Temperatures for North Texas]]> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 05:59:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weatherford+Texas.jpg

While the Winter Weather Advisory has expired for North Texas, freezing temperatures continue in the region.

According to NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock, freezing temps are still being reported from Weatherford and Decatur westward, and more rain is on the way.

With temperatures right at freezing, North Texans can expect more ice build-up on trees, guardrails, parked cars and power lines. But drivers shouldn't expect any more ice build up on the roads.

For our far Western counties, David tells us to expect more freezing rain which could become heavier on Thursday night. But no ice is expected for the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Slick Roads in North Texas

Areas west and north of the DFW Metroplex received some ice on elevated surfaces like signs, guardrails, trees and cars as freezing temperatures mixed with rain overnight.

In Wise County, Decatur police said there were no major incidents resulting from the weather.

TxDOT Fort Worth District, which serves 9 counties including Wise, pretreated many bridges and overpasses before the system arrived.

As of Thursday afternoon, TxDOT Spokesman Val Lopez said via email crews are, “reporting that some bridges and overpasses are slushy, but no hard ice at this point.”

“Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions if they must travel,” Lopez said.

Flight Delays, Cancellations

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, 140 departures and 128 arrivals were canceled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Five flights were also delayed.

At Dallas Love Field, four flights were canceled and four more were delayed.

NBC 5's Johnny Archer, Jane Geelan-Sayres and Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Chilly Sunday Ahead]]> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:38:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122714+7day+4cast.jpg Chilly weather will stick around this weekend. Lows will be near freezing tonight. Chances for rain should end early tonight before 10pm. Sunday will be cool and dry with highs around 50. We should get close to 60 Monday afternoon before a strong cold front arrives Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[Crews Prepare Roads for Possible Winter Weather]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:01:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black+ice+sidewalk.jpg

The Texas Department of Transportation Fort Worth District is prepared should winter weather strike North Texas on New Year’s Eve.

At this point, counties to the west of Fort Worth have a higher likelihood of winter precipitation Wednesday evening into Thursday morning than the DFW Metroplex itself.

TxDOT spokesman Michael Peters says crews have already been placed on standby and TxDOT vehicles are ready should slick roadways become an issue.

“We have over 37,000 tons of material ready, we have over 140 trucks, 167 drivers on standby,” Peters said.

Peters says it’s too early to determine if crews will need to pre-treat roadways, bridges or overpasses in certain areas.

“That’s a call we will make over the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

If ice is reported, TxDOT crews will operate until roadways are clear.

“Well before the winter season we are preparing our trucks, getting equipment ready,” Peters said, “We have stock piles ready for any potential weather, so TxDOT is always on call for any winter weather-related emergencies.”
 

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<![CDATA[2.6 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Irving]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:12:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-earthquake-generic.jpg

Another earthquake hit Irving Wednesday afternoon.

It's the 12th quake in less than two months to shake the city. The last reported earthquake occurred two days ago, just east of the one on Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the 2.6 magnitude earthquake at 4:19 p.m. near Spur 482 and U.s Highway 114.

There have been no reports of any damage.

The epicenter was detected at a depth of 5 km.

The earthquake is the 12th registered in Irving and the 13th in North Texas since Oct. 28. A Google map showing the quake locations is embedded below.



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<![CDATA[How Foggy Was it Tuesday? Take a Look From Above]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lee-Evans-photo-Dec.-9-2014-shot-of-downtown-Dallas.jpg

Mike Alvstad was flying into Dallas/Fort Worth on Tuesday morning and took a photo as his flight from Tampa, Fla., passed south and west of downtown Dallas. He shared it with Lee Evans, who shared it with us, and we liked it a lot.

In the sea of clouds, you can see the top of Reunion Tower a bit lower to the right. There’s the wedge-topped Fountain Place in the lower center of the downtown cluster. Off to the left by itself is Cityplace, we believe.

To read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News, click here.



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<![CDATA[Extended North Texas Dense Fog Delays Flights]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:35:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fog-reunion.jpg

The National Weather Service extended a Dense Fog Advisory for North Texas until noon Tuesday.

NBC 5's Grant Johnson said visibility in most areas ranges from 1/2 mile to less than 1/4 mile. Visibility improved by late morning.

Officials urged North Texans to drive more slowly, use low-beam headlights and leave more distance between other drivers.

Flights Delayed

Tuesday’s heavy fog causes some major problems for those trying to fly in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The FAA issued a traffic management program, including a ground stop for incoming airplanes, which caused about dozens of departure cancellations and inbound flights to be diverted to other airports. Delays are expected throughout the day at the airport.

As of noon, 139 flights had been cancelled and 157 more delayed in and out of D/FW International Airport. Dallas Love Field had 36 cancellations and 48 delays.

Most passengers we spoke did not have a problem with issues.

"We thought about it,” said passenger Ellen Nelms. “We thought about it being delayed, but my son didn't call us and he lives out here so I guess he figured they were taking off."

Many of the planes diverted this morning have already returned to the airport.

If you are flying out of the airport Tuesday you are asked to check ahead to make sure your flight is still on schedule.

Emergency Responders Cautious

Medstar spokesman Matt Zavadsky confirmed that their crews will not use lights and sirens when responding to emergency scenes because of the fog.

"Our goal is to get to the scene," he said. "Even if it takes a minute or two longer."

Zavadsky urged drivers to drive reasonably in the fog, including not making sudden movements and using blinkers. 



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<![CDATA[Oncor Works to Protect Power Lines From Tree Limbs]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:16:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oncor+tree+trim.jpg

Oncor is "doubling down" in efforts to protect power lines from falling tree limbs.

"We're taking a more proactive approach to maybe cut off some of those severe weather elements that have caused outages and reliability issues in our communities," said Oncor spokesman Justin Ozuna.

Oncor came under fire last month, when about 500,000 customers lost power over four days in early October, when two strong storms with high winds felled countless trees and limbs.

"Some of these severe storms that have come through have really affected our area," said Ozuna. "So what we've done is increase our budget and we're doubling down on tree trimming so we can get ahead of the next severe storm."

Oncor increased its tree trimming budget by 40 percent, putting somewhere around 1,000 tree trimmers in the field throughout North Texas.

Crews have been working in East Dallas and Pleasant Grove, among other areas.

"They haven't really done a terrific job, hopefully they'll be able to dig out," said Dallas City Councilman Phillip Kingston. "They only have two jobs, deliver power in a reliable way and cut trees in a sensitive way, that's the whole job."

Oncor acknowledges that not everyone is happy with the way some trees get cut.

"It's a challenge to balance the environmental and reliability needs of our customers, but we want our customers to know that we're committed to doing that," said Ozuna.

Oncor plans to keep the extra crews in place through all of 2015.



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<![CDATA[Light Snow Falls On North Texas]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:27:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/111614+Decatur+Snowfall.jpg

It was a November night to remember when light snow fell across North Texas.

A cold blast brought snow from Dallas to Denton, Fort Worth to Frisco on Sunday night. The dusting to trace was enough to cover lawns and roofs but not stick to roads.

DALLAS

A band of snow made its way through Dallas just after 9 p.m. Sunday, lasting for about 40 minutes in the city.

A Texas Department of Transportation official said they already pre-treated many spots in Collin, Denton and Dallas counties earlier in the day, but would keep a close eye on roads and bridges, which are prone to freezing faster. Additional TXDOT crews are on standby in case road conditions worsen. 

There was not enough snow to accumulate on highways and the weather had little impact on traffic, but there was a thin coating of snow on some surfaces. 

TARRANT, WISE COUNTIES

Three brief bands of snow moved through Decatur Sunday night.

Moisture remaining from those bands of snow dried on most roadways, but Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez said crews treated bridges north of Decatur as a precaution. There are no reports of ice south of Decatur in Wise County. 

COLLIN COUNTY

The North Texas Tollway Authority told NBC DFW Collin County Reporter Catherine Ross that 24 NTTA trucks monitored the roads late Sunday to spread de-icer if needed.

Most of the snow that fell in Frisco also stuck to grassy areas and parked cars. The snow fell from 8:30 p.m. until about 10:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - November 16, 2014]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:56:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow-thumb-111714.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of the first snowfall of the season on November 16, 2014. Send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[NTTA Using New Solution to Keep Roads Safe]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:47:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brine.jpg

This year, the North Texas Tollway Authority is introducing a new solution to prevent freezing on roads.

They’re using brine, a specific combination of salt and water, to pretreat bridges and overpasses before a weather event.

Brining, which the Texas Department of of Transportation has already introduced to its routine, is relatively new to North Texas, but has been a common practice in northern states for years.

“It’s another tool in our toolbox,” said Eric Hemphill, the NTTA’s director of maintenance. “Every year, we say – 'what can we do better?'”

The brine, which is water saturated with salt, has a lower freezing point than water.

NTTA crews will pretreat troublesome bridges and overpasses with brine, with the hope that it’ll keep ice from sticking.

Hemphill compares it to greasing a baking sheet.

“If you’re making cookies and you throw them in the oven and try to pry them off, you can’t pry those cookies off very well,” he said. “But a little thin treatment of cooking spray, they usually slide right off without any issue. That’s what we’re trying to get – to keep the ice from bonding to the concrete.”

The NTTA is still planning on using all of its other conventional weather preparation tools, like sand, plows and trucks.
 

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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Road Preps for Winter Weather]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:38:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/icy-roads.jpg Tarrant County leaders say they're prepared for cold, wintry weather.

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<![CDATA[Al Roker Talks DFW Weather During the "Rokerthon"]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:47:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rokerthon_4p_1200x675_357617731977.jpg As the Today Show's Al Roker attempts to break a Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast, he talked about DFW weather with NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell.]]> <![CDATA[Arctic Blast Hits North Texas Hard]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:36:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-cold-02.jpg Despite the sun finally coming out on Thursday afternoon, North Texans tried to bundle up for the arctic blast.

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<![CDATA[Dotty Woodson: Protecting Plants From Freeze]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:46:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6am_Dotty_Woodson_1200x675_355802691715.jpg With the first freeze of the season around the corner, Dotty Woodson talked with NBC 5's Chris Van Horne about protecting your outdoor plants from winter cold.]]> <![CDATA[Ragweed Season Could Get Boost From Rain]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:16:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/ragweed+allergies.jpg

It’s fall in North Texas and that means high ragweed counts, which isn’t good news for seasonal allergy sufferers.

Tuesday is expected to bring a good amount of rain, which will temporarily bring down those ragweed counts, but experts said the keyword here is temporary.

“As that rain comes in, it's going to wash that pollen out and drop those levels temporarily until the rain stops and the temperature rises,” said Dr. Kenny Carter Jr., an ear, nose and throat doctor at Collin County ENT.

As soon as the rain clears, the ragweed plants will grow and release blooms, which will mean more pollen in the air and more sneezes for allergy sufferers.

“Try to stay inside when it's warm and breezy. A daily nasal steroid spray is a good maintenance medication. Irrigation sprays and antihistamines can make a big difference, too,” said Carter.

The typical ragweed season ranges from mid-August through November or until the first frost.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Crews Prepare for Flooding Potential]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:26:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rain16.jpg

North Texas will see some much needed rain on Tuesday, according to forecasts. And while that rain is something badly needed across the area, it could pose some flood risks.

On Monday afternoon, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management warned residents via text message about the impending storm.

"Forecast for heavy rains Tue/Wed, up to 3 inches with local flooding possible," the text read.

With the warnings out to the public, residents in the Central Arlington Heights neighborhood are keeping a close eye on the sky and on their streets.

"If it's a lot of water in a short period of time and the underground can't handle it then it becomes a problem," said Dave Herman.

The city knows that the capacity for storm water runoff in the area isn't large, but has several projects completed and ready to start in the area to help mitigate the flooding danger. The latest project, though, isn't set to start until next March and it was too late for some residents along Western Avenue back in late June, where high flood waters hit several homes and cars.

"It's the second time in the 20 years we've lived here that it's been that bad," Herman said.

While there's no way of telling just how much rain my fall this week, the prospect of more than 1-inch has residents like Herman ready and watching.

"We do keep an eye on the weather and warn the neighbors that are lower than us if we see something coming that looks like they might want to move the cars," Herman said.

After June's surprise storm and flooding, residents asked the city in a neighborhood meeting what they could do to reduce the flooding problem. One suggestion was to make sure storm drains were kept clear of yard debris.

"We go and check and make sure that everything is clear. We don't have anything obstructing our underground pipes and our inlets," said storm water superintendent Juan Cadena.

City crews are still cleaning up bulk debris from October's damaging wind storm, but the city said such debris was cleared in the last few days from the Western Avenue area.

Cadena said his crews check drainage systems before and after big rain events. He said once the rain starts, workers will visit the 300 known flood spots in the city.

"They just keep an eye on the areas that are flooding, making sure we can do whatever we can to protect people and property," Cadena said.

Some residents told NBC 5 they do have sandbags at the ready, just in case, but others said they will simply be minding the radar and watching for water on their street.

"Better safe than sorry," Herman said.

The city said it is also looking at creating flood maps of the neighborhood so that any future development can have a better idea as to the impacts water can have on a home. There has been talk about making the area part of a designated flood area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but that could be costly to residents and is still being evaluated and discussed.



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<![CDATA[Low Lakes Hope to Benefit From Tuesday's Rain]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:34:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eagle+Mountain+Lake.jpg

NBC 5 meteorologists are calling for rain Tuesday, and that's good news for Eagle Mountain Lake and other North Texas lakes experiencing dangerously low water levels.

And those low lake levels are creating a buyer's market for lakefront property across North Texas.

"This is the lowest I think that most people have ever seen it in their lifetimes of living on the lake," said real estate agent Ginger Trimble Knox, who specializes in lakefront property.

Eagle Mountain Lake is down more than 10 feet, now just more than half full.

The shoreline at Eagle Mountain Lake has been pushed out hundreds of feet, leaving boats and backyard docks on dry land, covered in weeds.

That's driving down lakefront home prices by 10 percent or more.

"This is probably the only part of the real estate right now that you could say it's a buyers market," said Knox. "Somebody in the lower price range, it's a great way to get on the lake for less money than what you normally would be spending."

"For buying a home, it's good thing because, of course, you're taking advantage of a market that isn't as valuable as it would be," said Knox. "Because it can make 25 [thousand dollars] to $50,000 difference sometimes in the price of a home."

Many owners have now taken their homes off the market, hoping that lake levels rise in the spring, sending home prices rising along with them.

"I think this is just been such an extended long drought period that it really has made people nervous that it's ever going to come back," Knox said.



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<![CDATA[Your Fall Photos: Gallery II]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:37:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fall-Vid-110714.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their fall photos via isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Perry Renews Texas Drought Declaration]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:27:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drought5.jpg

Texas Gov. Rick Perry renewed a 2011 drought declaration for much of the state due to continued, prolonged drought conditions.

The renewal of the proclamation said the exceptional drought conditions pose an imminent disaster in a number of Texas counties. 

The counties named in the proclamation are: Archer, Armstrong, Bandera, Baylor, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Briscoe, Burnet, Callahan, Carson, Childress, Clay, Collin, Collingsworth, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, El Paso, Erath, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Fno, Garua, Gillespie, Gray, Grayson, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hidalgo, Hood, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Kendall, Kerr, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Llano, Matagorda, Mclennan, Medina, Montague, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Real, Shackelford, Sherman, Somervell, Stephens, Stonewall, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Walker, Wharton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson, Wise, Young and Zavala.

According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, based on information from the U.S. Drought Monitor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, much of North Texas and areas to the west remain under extreme or exceptional drought. Most of the state is at least under abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

NBC 5's Rick Mitchell said last week that measurable rain for 2014 totaled 18.06 inches and that normal rain through Oct 23 would total 29.72 inches. Mitchell added that this has been the 14th driest year on record out of 116 years of recorded measurements.

A slight chance for rain exists for North Texas Monday night into Tuesday. Beyond that, the next best chance for rain comes just before Election Day.


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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Native Wins 2014 Harold Taft Scholarship]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/102414+Holly+Mallinson+Taft.jpg

A North Richland Hills native won the scholarship named for NBC 5's first chief meteorologist Harold Taft.

Holly Mallinson is studying atmospheric sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The award was created by NBC 5 and the Lone Star EMMY Educational Foundation.  Mallinson will be recognized at the Lone Star EMMY Awards Gala in Houston on Saturday, October 25.

Students must attend a Texas university or they must have four years of high school in Texas prior to college. Scholarship applicants and winners must study meteorology, atmospheric sciences or a related field.

Past recipients include Jorge Torres, chief meteorologist at KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mallinson is researching severe wind climatology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. After earning her Bachelor's degree, she wants to pursue graduate school and focus on severe weather climatology.

"You'll find few people who think Calculus III is easy and thermodynamics is nothing to sneeze at either," wrote Mallinson in her application letter. "But despite hours spent deriving equations and analyzing skew-T diagrams, I love it.  I majored in atmospheric sciences because I love weather."

NBC 5 /KXAS-TV made the Harold Taft Scholarship possible thanks to a generous donation several years ago. The namesake of the program is Harold Taft, who served as Chief Meteorologist at NBC 5 (WBAP and KXAS-TV) from 1949 until 1991. 

NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock serves as chair of the committee for the Scholarship program.



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<![CDATA[Stolen Storm Drain Grates Leave Holes in FW Streets]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:52:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stolen-Storm-Grates-102314.jpg

More than 15 storm drain grates are missing in Fort Worth, causing dangerous holes in some streets.

City officials believe thieves are stealing the grates and selling them as scrap metal.

According to Storm Water Management, barriers have been placed around the holes at several different locations, warning people about the hazards.

The locations are:

4300 block of Oak Park Lane

2500 block of Oak Hill Circle

2900 block of Oak Hill Circle

“It is a five-foot hole that if somebody is not paying attention, they can fall into,” said Juan Cadena, superintendent of Storm Water Field Operations near one of the locations.

For people who live near the affected streets, it is quite a headache.

Avery McGrath rides his bike to Texas Christian University, and says the first time he came across the barriers, he almost fell in the hole.

“It gets scary, especially when I am riding behind cars. I have to swerve in,” said McGrath.

“For drivers, of course, it’s terrible, but for kids, as well dogs, pets. People are crazy. They will do anything for a quick buck,” said Marilyn McGee, who also lives nearby.

This is not a cheap problem to fix.

Each grate costs about $500, and it take between six and eight weeks to manufacture them.

Fort Worth police officers are investigating.



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<![CDATA[NBC 5's Weather App Available Now!]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:38:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NBC+5+App+1200x675.jpg

The most trusted local weather information for Dallas-Fort Worth is now available whenever and wherever you want it.

NBC 5's Weather Experts app is available for download for iPhone, iPad and Android and it's FREE.

Just search NBC 5 or NBC DFW in the App Store or in Google Play.

You can keep radar literally at your fingertips and zoom in on your neighborhood.

You'll also find the NBC 5 meteorologists' written and video forecasts along with weather stories from the NBC 5 news team.

Turn push notifications on when you launch the app and you'll know when severe weather is moving in.

Plus, you'll get hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts and can pinpoint your location via GPS for precise conditions as well as save favorite locations.

Download and rate the NBC 5 First Alert Weather Radar App today!

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<![CDATA[Watch Partial Solar Eclipse in DFW]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:00:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eclipse+photo+monitor.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Three North Texas Locations Offer Safe View of the Partial Solar Eclipse]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:48:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eclipse-Thumb.jpg

People wanting to safely catch a glimpse of Thursday's partial solar eclipse will get their opportunity at events hosted by The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Brookhaven College.

Experts say the peak time to see the partial eclipse -- when the moon will cover half of the sun -- will be around 4:45 p.m. As much as 70 percent of the sun will be blocked as the moon passes between Earth and the sun.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington says in contrast to a lunar eclipse, a solar filter is needed to safely observe a solar eclipse. Staring directly at the eclipse without the proper protection can harm a person's eyes.

The Planetarium at UTA will host a watch party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chemistry Physics Building at 700 Planetarium Place.

Inexpensive solar viewing glasses will be made available at the planetarium's gift shop and several solar telescopes will be available for the public to view this rare event.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is bringing together local experts and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for a viewing party from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The event is free and will take place in the member parking lot at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Lunar expert Ken Murphy of The Moon Society will answer questions about moon exploration past, present and future.

Brookhaven College's astronomy department and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will host a viewing party from 4:30 p.mm. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday. It's free and open to the public.

Telescopes will be set up for people to view the eclipse on the west side of Building J near parking lot P5 on the campus located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch.

We've collected a couple of websites with information on how to construct a pinhole viewer to see the eclipse (there are tons online):


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<![CDATA[Debris Lingers Weeks After North Texas Storm]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:24:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+storm+cleanup.jpg

The cleanup continues nearly three weeks after an early October storm swept through North Texas, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees and limbs at a rate approaching that of the ice storm from December 2013.

"I think this storm, at the end of the day, will be similar to that storm in terms of tonnage," said Kelly High, director of sanitation for the city of Dallas.

High said Monday that his crews have been working 12-hour days, six to seven days a week, since Oct. 2 when a powerful squall tore through the metroplex.

In addition to the regular dumping sites for storm debris in the city, Dallas has opened a temporary site, off Plano Road and northeast of Interstate 635, where sanitation workers and private contractors can take downed trees and fallen tree limbs to be ground into sawdust.

Bulk trash pickup in the city is done all month on a rotating basis, depending upon where one lives in the city.

As it turns out, the areas hardest hit by the early October storm are in Northeast Dallas, which are largely slated to have bulk pickup done during the third and fourth weeks of the month.

"I understand when those piles are sitting in front of your house it doesn't seem like we're doing much, but I assure you we're working very hard," High said.

It is a similar scene in some Fort Worth neighborhoods, where piles of limbs and brush built up along the curbs.

In east Fort Worth, the White Lake Hills neighborhood was scheduled to have its bulk trash and storm debris hauled off last week, between Oct. 13 and 17.

"[But] here it is," said Rich Fox, of the debris pile still sitting at the edge of his property. "One neighbor got hers picked up, but everybody else, there's a few more houses where I still see brush."

A special section on the city of Fort Worth website's home page is dedicated to "Storm Cleanup." In that section, it states that the city is "making collection of tree and yard debris a priority."

The site makes mention of piles "roughly the size of a Volkswagon Bug" requiring a phone call to the city so as to allow a better understanding of the collection needs.

In Arlington, sanitation workers are trying to keep up with what has become a demanding schedule since the storm hit, according to Reggie Lewis, with the city of Arlington's office of communications.

A concern for the workers has been the size of many of the individual debris piles, Lewis said, which are to be no more than four feet tall.



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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 15, 2014]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:57:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school_forecast_1200x675_342763075686.jpg Kids likely need a light jacket in the morning, but weather should be ideal when the bus drops them off this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 14, 2014]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:48:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_tuesday_1200x675_342279235999.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Hico Elementary School third grader Jayden Stone.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 13, 2014]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:09:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_wx_for_monday_1200x675_341310531710.jpg Rain gear will be needed for the morning bus ride, but the afternoon will be cool and windy.]]> <![CDATA[School Districts Watching Severe Weather Closely]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:54:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+detection+app+DFW.jpg

When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept: high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment.

That's why Arlington ISD stresses the importance of being prepared for days like Friday when bad weather and football might collide.

“We monitor the weather all day long,” said Leslie Johnston, spokesperson for Arlington ISD. “We’re getting updates from the National Weather Service and monitoring how it’s moving in.”

They’re also keeping a close eye on their phones. The district’s athletics staff uses a special app that will alert them any time lightning strikes within 30 miles of a stadium. Once it’s detected within 10 miles of a stadium, the game is stopped and the stadium is cleared.

“We’ll meet with the coaches and the administrators prior to the game and make any decisions that haven’t already been made to that point about where people will go,” said Johnston. “They’ll make an announcement at the beginning of the game.”

The Mansfield ISD Athletic Department has also been watching the forecast all day. They decided to start three games early to try to beat the storms.

“We’re hoping by starting a little bit early tonight. We can get our game in and get everybody home safely,” said Eric White, assistant athletic director for Mansfield ISD. “Then we don’t have to worry about delays or coming back tomorrow or any of those kinds of things.”

The Lake Ridge vs. Timberview and Summit vs. Waxahachie games will now kick off at 6:30 p.m. Mansfield vs. DeSoto will start at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[School District Uses Special Lightning App]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:53:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+detection+app+DFW.jpg When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept – high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment.

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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 8, 2014]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:19:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_for_wednesday_1200x675_338986563890.jpg Mild morning and a unseasonably warm afternoon ahead for North Texas students.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 7, 2014]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:05:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bus_Stop_6a_100714_1200x675_338570819871.jpg The school day starts off mild and muggy, but warms up by recess and heats up for the afternoon.]]>