With an arctic blast moving into the Dallas-Fort Worth region Jan. 13-14, families in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD should prepare for potential school closings.

The details

National Weather Service Fort Worth officials posted on X, formerly Twitter, that exceptionally cold weather will come with a strong arctic cold front set to arrive late Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14, and residents should plan for temperatures to fall to near 10 degrees Fahrenheit or lower during the night Jan. 14 and 15.

NWS Fort Worth officials also stated there’s a slight chance of freezing rain, sleet or snow Jan. 14 or 15.

While Jan. 15 is a school holiday for students and staff, there are several ways to get real-time information regarding weather-related closures and delayed openings.

What you need to know

GCISD officials maintain an inclement weather policy webpage. It states the district closely monitors weather and road conditions when inclement weather is in the forecast.

Should there be an inclement weather event that causes schools to be closed for an entire day, the webpage states the announcement will be made early that morning. Early release of classes already in session may be made if it appears weather conditions are becoming worse and driving would be hazardous.

The webpage states the district uses other platforms to get weather-related information out to residents in the district, including:
  • An emergency notification system: If school is delayed or canceled due to a weather-related event, notices are sent directly to parents and employees by phone, email and text via the district's automated notification system.
  • The district website: This is the primary form of inclement weather communication for the district.
  • Mobile app
  • Social media: Check the district’s Facebook and X/Twitter accounts.
  • Local television stations: Weather-related coverage can be found on local television stations, including Fox 4, NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8 or CBS News Texas 11 for up-to-date information on school closings.
The webpage states parents and guardians should make sure their contact information is up to date in Skyward Family Access so district communication regarding inclement weather is sent to the correct recipients.