Record cold temperatures and snow have caused treacherous roads, cancellations, frozen pipes and problems with the state’s electrical grid as a polar air mass lingers over much of the United States and North Texas.
Temperatures tonight are expected to plunge to near zero and up to another four inches of snow is forecast for the Terrell area Tuesday night into Wednesday. The Dallas area hit a record low for this date with a low temperature of 5 degrees. The record for Feb. 15 had been set at 15 in 1909.
The storm has overtaxed the state’s electrical grid, and rolling blackouts are expected throughout the next few days. Gov. Greg Abbott has requested and received a federal emergency declaration for Texas.
The City of Terrell announced Monday the temporary suspension of all non-essential services due to weather conditions of extreme low temperatures and continuing precipitation. Essential services of police, fire, public works and water utilities will remain in place.
City Hall, Housing Department, Municipal Court, Airport and the library will be closed all day on Monday. The City will delay solid waste services pending road conditions.
The Public Services Department has a variety of resources to address city intersections, bridges and major city roadways and will remain active throughout the day. Fire and police services are not impacted by these closures. Emergency teams will address issues with water service and other impacts of the winter storm.
Terrell ISD cancelled school for Monday and announced that it also will be closed on Tuesday as well. Further updates regarding school closures this week are forthcoming.