Lewisville ISD (LISD) will be closed Thursday, March 5 due to inclement weather, and all LISD activities – including Elementary Open House – scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled. LISD worked in conjunction with area superintendents and the National Weather Service to make this decision.
The National Weather Service has an update on tonight's winter storm:
"Radar shows the upper level disturbance that will bring the main round of mixed wintry precipitation is now moving through West Texas. This system will move rapidly northeast during the next few hours with conditions deteriorating across North Central Texas during the evening and overnight hours. At this time, it appears that the highest accumulation of sleet and snow with amounts of 2 to 3 inches will set up in a band roughly from Comanche to Cleburne to Terrell to Sulphur Springs. Just outside of this band an inch of sleet and snow is likely as well. Thus the highest amounts are expected to impact the southeastern parts of the greater DFW Metroplex and may stay just north of the Waco/Temple/Killeen areas. We will continue to monitor trends in this winter storm during the next several hours and will update you as the event unfolds."
Lieutenant Scott W. Haynes of the Lewisville Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College - Class 72 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman's University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement.
The program concluded on February 27, 2015 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.
On February 27, 2014, at approximately 1:45 a.m., officers arrested 17-year-old Coe Allen Peoples for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection with a road rage incident. The victim and several witnesses all stated the suspect swerved at the victim several times while traveling southbound on Interstate 35-E.
The victim tried to get away from the suspect, but he rammed his truck into her, causing her to strike the Jersey barrier. The suspect then sped away, while a witness followed and called 911. The suspect took the next exit and went northbound on the interstate. The suspect and his friends allegedly honked and yelled at the victim as they passed.
Officers caught up to Peoples in the 3000 block of North Interstate 35-E and stopped the vehicle. After a lengthy investigation, Peoples was arrested and booked into the Lewisville City Jail where he was arraigned on the charge. A bond was set at $10,000.
The City of Lewisville announced that Josh Roberts has been hired as the city's new Emergency Management Coordinator.
Roberts has a Master of Public Administration with an Emergency Management Specialization from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Planning from UNT, is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers and is a Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management Team Planning Section Chief.
“I was interested in severe weather at a young age,” Roberts said. “Some of the basic values instilled in my household growing up were things like helping others, and growing up I always knew that one day I’d make a career of helping others in some capacity.”
Lewisville’s Office of Emergency Management serves the residents, visitors and businesses of Lewisville through four phases: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. Roberts will help evaluate and design the plans for the City’s response to emergencies and disasters, conduct outreach and provide educational presentations to residents and businesses to ensure they are also capable of dealing with disasters. Additionally, the office is in charge of maintaining and testing the city’s Outdoor Warning System and Emergency Notification System.
Roberts is experienced in many different forms of disaster response. Most recently, he has responded to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, served an integral role in the nation’s first Ebola diagnosis and the following response, helped coordinate the trans-state funeral procession of CPO Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, December 2013’s “icepocalypse,” multiple tornado disasters, and while working in Florida responded to many tropical storm incidents and 2009’s H1N1 influenza pandemic.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Wednesday, March 4th, at 3 p.m. to Thursday, March 5th, 12:00 p.m.. The advisory is for numerous North Texas Counties, including Denton, Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin. We think the impacts will probably start after 4 p.m. for Lewisville.
This morning, the forecast calls for rain, with high temperatures in the upper 40s. Temperatures fall through the day, and frozen precipitation begins in the afternoon when temps are in the low 30s. Temps bottom out in the mid to upper 20s tonight. Precipitation chances are near 100%. Winds are from the North, increasing through the day to 15-20 mph.
Accumulations of 1/10 to 1/4 inch of ice are possible, then 2 - 4 inches of sleet and snow. Hazardous travel conditions are expected.
Here is a National Weather Service update from Wednesday Morning regarding timing: A round of rain will accompany the passage of a cold front today, moving into East Texas this evening. Late this afternoon, an area of freezing and sleet will approach from the west. Thunder may accompany the sleet showers, dramatically increasing amounts in some locations. The heaviest activity will impact the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex mid to late evening. Snow will be possible behind the heaviest activity before the precipitation tapers off. Total accumulations of ice, sleet, and snow are expected to exceed 2 inches in areas northwest of the Metroplex, with generally under an inch of accumulation southeast of Dallas/Fort Worth.
The following are National Weather Service statements on timing and impact: (From Tuesday) An arctic front will sweep across the region on Wednesday and a wintry mix is expected across the area Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Showers and thunderstorms are expected ahead of and immediately behind the cold front with a change over to a mix of freezing rain and sleet occurring several hours behind the front. This graphic depicts our best estimate of when the wintry mix will begin in each highlighted area. We will continue to refine the timing of the transition over the next 18 hours so check back for updates. The wintry mix will continue into the overnight hours; ending Thursday morning.
A strong cold front is expected to move southeast across North and Central Texas tomorrow. As cold air continues to build in, precipitation is expected to develop well behind the front. As rain continues with cold air getting deeper through Wednesday and into Wednesday night, rain is expected to change over to freezing rain, and then sleet. A brief change over to snow is possible before precipitation comes to an end Thursday morning.
The heaviest amounts of ice and sleet are expected to fall in the purple regions in the graphic, including areas southeast of a line from Breckenridge to Sherman, but northwest of a line from Hamilton to Sulphur Springs. Hazardous driving conditions are expected to develop in these areas Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
For locations shaded in yellow, impacts are expected for most locations, however the amount of sleet and ice accumulations are expected to be less than in the purple areas, and therefore the impacts to roads are expected to be slightly less hazardous.
For locations shaded in blue, impacts are expected to remain localized in nature, mainly due to warmer ground temperatures. Impacts here are most likely to be relegated to bridges and overpasses, and this includes locations generally along and southeast of a line from Cameron to Palestine. In general these impacts represent a shift to the northwest of where the greatest impacts were expected to occur yesterday at this time.
Drivers and pedestrians using the Fox Avenue bridge over I-35E will soon be limited to using only half the bridge. As part of the bridge’s reconstruction for the I-35E expansion project, the singular protected pedestrian walkway over I-35 and the southern half of the bridge currently serving eastbound traffic will be demolished.
In March, the current eastbound lanes of Fox Avenue will be closed down, and crews will prepare to begin demolition, so that a new walkway and eastbound lanes can be built. The lanes were originally scheduled to be shut down in February, but that has been delayed a couple of times. AGL spokeswoman Kimberly Sims said that the bridge would remain open to traffic with at least one lane in each direction throughout construction. Demolition of the south side of the bridge is scheduled for the evenings of March 20th and 21st. Dates are still tentative, and subject to change.
During construction of the south side of the bridge, pedestrians will use a walkway on the North side of the bridge. While the pedestrian bridge may have seen use by school children in the past, current zoning within Lewisville ISD is such that no children currently have to use the bridge to get to and from school each day. Tommy Ellington, Executive Director of Student Services for LISD said that AGL had been in touch with him, and that he had no concerns about the bridge, and that he understood there would be a barrier between traffic and the temporary walkway.
The new pedestrian walkway being constructed will be separated from traffic by a barrier, and will have a fence rather than a full cage enclosure like the current one.
After the construction is completed on the new side of the bridge, all vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be diverted to it while the north side is demolished and rebuilt. The newly expanded Fox Avenue bridge is expected to reopen in 2016.
The diagram at right (not to scale) illustrates the closure. Click to enlarge.
Update 2/17/2015 We have updated the story to note that the timing has changed just a bit for the Fox Avenue bridge partial closure and reconstruction. Currently, the word is that closure would be in late February with demolition beginning in early March. This could compound the problem at night with the SH 121 Business full closure at I-35E, which is detouring westbound traffic through the Fox Avenue bridge. That closure is scheduled to last until March 6th. Hopefully, AGL will keep that in mind when deciding whether to delay closure. We'll provide further updates as we get them.
Update 3/4/2015 We updated the story to note that our most current information is that the demolition has been moved back from March 6th to the evenings of March 20th and 21st.
Lewisville Lake Symphony's Family Concert features Chip Waggoner from Fox 4 as the narrator in Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf." Chip tells a tale so curious that it takes members of the Symphony and dancers from the Lake Cities Ballet to help him explain what happens when young Peter and his friends venture into the forest near his home.
The concert takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Pre-kindergarten through elementary aged youngsters greatly enjoy hearing Peter’s adventure while, it so happens, learning a few things about music along the way. The kids get to sprawl on the gym mats right in front of the action. Parents and grandparents have a good time too watching from the nearby chairs and bleachers.
Symphony volunteers operate an Instrument Petting Zoo after the concert where the kids can try out real orchestral instruments. There is also a workshop where they can make instruments of their own devising.
It is held at the Frederick Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle, Lewisville TX 75967 (From I-35: Exit Main Street and head West. Turn Right on Civic Circle and go 2 blocks. The Center is on the right across from Post Office.)
Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for grownups. There is a special family rate of $25 that includes all members of the same family. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lewisvillesymphony.org and printed out from the Symphony’s online Shopping Cart. They can also be purchased at the door. For general information about the concert call 972.874.9087.
Here is the latest from the National Weather Service on weather over the next few days.
Today: Cloudy and cool conditions will continue today with high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s near the Red River to the upper 40s over the southern and southeastern counties. Rain chances will increase from northwest to southeast across the region. The forecast for us calls for a 30% chance of rain with a high around 40 and winds from 5 to 10mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly sunny. A 40 percent chance of showers. Warmer. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night will be mostly cloudy with showers likely and isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Wednesday: A strong cold front will move through the region on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday and Tuesday night ahead of the front, but the rain will transition to a wintry mix of snow and sleet behind the front. A wintry mix will be possible Wednesday through Thursday morning with accumulations of sleet and/or snow expected, but we do not know how much yet. Keep up with the forecast for the latest on the type of wintry mix expected, timing, and amounts.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA Nature Preserve) is opening a new walking trail on Saturday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at 201 E. Jones Street.
The Blackjack Trail is a 1.5-mile trail that gives visitors access to a Cross Timbers forest remnant. Blackjack oaks, post oaks, hickories and a variety of other plant species not seen elsewhere at LLELA Nature Preserve give this trail a different feel. The dirt-surfaced path winds through both the forest and open prairie glades on the far west side of the preserve. Volunteers have worked for the past year to build bridges and benches along the trail, and an Eagle Scout has constructed a kiosk and directional signs along the trail.
Hikers can meet at the trailhead to participate in one of three guided hikes on the new trail at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. No RSVP is needed for the hikes. Fifteen hikers can be accommodated per session; if a hike fills, those attending may be asked to catch the next one instead. Hikers should bring a water bottle, wear comfortable walking shoes and use sunscreen. There is no additional cost for the guided tours beyond the regular LLELA gate fee of $5 per person (free for children age 5 and younger). Contact 972.219.3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, and Lewisville ISD. For more information, visit llela.org.