Here is what residents in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake should know about the winter storm, Dec. 13-14


Morning drives could be affected Dec. 14 as heavy winds could impact vehicles or blow objects into the roadway.

Officials are monitoring the weather, and the main concern is the winds that will range from 35-50 mph, said Amanda Meneses, emergency management coordinator with the city of Southlake, adding these winds can cause disrupted power lines and fallen trees and debris.

She recommended residents bring inside Christmas decorations because they may be blown away or damaged by the winds, and they should also drive carefully on the road with both hands on the wheel to combat the heavy gusts.

Grapevine Communications Manager Mona Burk said public works crews have sanders ready but do not anticipate needing them because the ground temperature will remain above freezing.

“The only potential would be overpasses,” she said in an email.

Meneses also said staff will be on call to handle emergencies and will have a sanding truck on standby if roads are icy.

Carroll ISD monitors weather forecasts from the National Weather Service and local meteorology reports to decide if schools should remain open or close, according to its winter weather procedures. District administrators aim to communicate about school closings as early as possible; however, a decision regarding school schedules may not be made until the early hours before a school day due to rapid weather changes.

Students and families can stay informed by consulting the school district’s website or its social media pages, including Twitter and Facebook.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD spokesperson Addison Elliot said residents can check for updates on potential opening delays or school cancellations on the district website’s page on inclement weather, as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.

If school is to be closed for the entire day, an announcement will be made early that morning, the district’s website said.

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Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.
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