UPDATED: Carrollton Winter Weather Preparations/Information
The National Weather Service (NWS) has placed the Carrollton area under a Winter Weather Advisory. There is a possibility of up to a half inch of wintry precipitation (freezing rain, sleet and snow) that has the potential to create hazardous travel conditions tonight (1/15) through Wednesday (1/17) due to temperatures staying below freezing and thus icy roads persisting. This could potentially impact both the morning and evening rush hours Tuesday (1/16) and the morning rush hour Wednesday (1/17).
The timing for impactful precipitation is after 6 p.m. tonight (1/15) after the temperature is forecasted to drop below freezing. Precipitation is expected to continue throughout the overnight hours and taper off by noon on Tuesday (1/16). Potentially hazardous travel conditions are the main concern at this time. This is not anticipated to be a major winter storm in which large scale power outages are seen.
The City of Carrollton has implemented anti-icing operations, which include treating all bridges and overpasses with magnesium chloride, to lower the freezing point of the surface. Some of the arterial roadways, especially those with hills, are also being treated.
The City will continue to monitor the weather and have crews scheduled to arrive at midnight tonight (1/15) to start de-icing operations. Trucks will use sand to assist with traction and sodium chloride (salt) to prevent or reduce the bonding of ice and snow to the roadway.
Please report icy conditions to the City at 972-466-3000.
Post Date: 1/11/2018 8:24 AM
City of Carrollton Prepares for Potential Winter Weather
The City of Carrollton is preparing for potential winter weather by actively spreading pre-treatment at bridges and overpasses today (1/11). The pre-treatment application is intended to keep ice from forming. If cold conditions and precipitation persist over a longer duration and ice begins to form, crews will respond by implementing sanding operation plan for the higher traffic areas, as well as bridges and overpasses.
Winter Driver Safety
Reminder: During snow and ice storms, keep at least 200 feet behind the sanding and de-icing trucks as they are applying the materials to the roads. They may adjust their speeds as necessary, and your cooperation will protect your vehicle and avoid mishaps. Click on the images for safe winter driving tips from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Don't Forget to Protect Your Pet
When temperatures drop, don't forget to bring pets indoors. Take pets outside only for short periods of time or quick walk as the cold ground can cause frostbite on their paws and wind chill can be damaging to their health. For more winter pet safety tips, click here.
Turn Off Your Sprinkler System
When temperatures are near freezing, businesses and residents need to pay close attention to their irrigation systems. On very cold days, the City of Carrollton receives numerous requests to sand roadways and sidewalks that are frozen and slippery due to irrigation overspray. This creates a safety hazard for pedestrians and drivers, and you can be held accountable if your system caused the problem. The City’s Water Quality Team issues warnings and/or notices of violation, as well as citations to property owners who allow their irrigation systems to run during a freeze event. This is a critical step in protecting our community members and minimizing City expenditures for ice control. To report a running sprinkler system during temperatures 32 degrees or below, call 972-466-3135.
One way to be sure that your irrigation system is not contributing to the icy conditions is to install a rain and freeze sensor. Not only will these sensors save you money by automatically turning off your system during rain and freeze events, they will also help eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as icy sidewalks and roadways. Residents and businesses of Carrollton can take advantage of the City’s free rain and freeze sensor program. Another simple alternative is to turn your irrigation system off until temperatures rise again. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/sprinklersensor