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Posted on: February 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Winter Weather Updates

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The forecast is currently predicting rain on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, plus falling temperatures throughout the afternoon. We’re in for a wintery mix – rain, sleet, snow, and ice – Wednesday night into Thursday, February 3, and we’re expected to have freezing temps through the morning of Saturday, February 5. 

How to Stay Informed

This webpage will be updated regularly throughout the winter weather event. Please also follow the City’s other communication platforms for the most up-to-date information:

How to Contact Us

In the event of an emergency, dial 911. To contact non-emergency dispatch, please call 972-304-3610 or dial *247 on your cell phone. For assistance turning off your water, please call the Public Works after-hours line at 972-462-5150.

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City Offices and Facility Closures

City of Coppell administrative offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, February 3 due to the expected inclement weather. Essential personnel will remain on hand to respond to emergencies and continue to offer necessary services to residents. 

City leadership will make a determination about continued closures on Friday, February 4, on Thursday afternoon.

Trash and Recycling Collection

Republic Services has also announced that it will shift Thursday collection to Friday and Friday collection to Saturday. This is subject to change based on weather, and Republic Services will provide an update on Thursday afternoon. 

Road Conditions & Driving Safety

Coppell Public Works is prepared to perform de-icing procedures on major roadways in town, but residential streets, sidewalks, and driveways are not usually treated. Despite these efforts and those of state agencies, icy conditions on roadways are expected to remain – especially on residential streets, alleyways, bridges, and overpasses – as temperatures are projected to stay below freezing for the next few days. The National Weather Service has advised that roads will likely be treacherous both Thursday and Friday, with relief coming on Saturday as temperatures rise above freezing. If you must travel, please use appropriate caution when driving. Visit drivetexas.org to check road conditions before heading out.

We’re Ready…Are You?

From fueling up the fleet and prepping ice melt for roadways to checking generators and water supplies, City of Coppell staff has been busy getting ready for the freezing temps and wintery mix. Make sure you’re ready for the winter storm! Learn more about our preparations and others precautionary steps you can take.  

Water Leaks

As frozen plumbing begins to thaw on Saturday, residents may experience pipe bursts and water leaks. For assistance turning off your water, please call the Public Works after-hours line at 972-462-5150. Learn how you can prevent pipes from freezing. Learn how to open your water meter lid and turn off your water in an emergency. 

Carbon Monoxide Safety!

Generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, or camper – or even outside near an open window. Read more about carbon monoxide safety. 

Winter Safety Tips from Atmos Energy:

  • Never use an oven or a gas stovetop to heat your home.
  • Protect natural gas meters. Natural gas meters are weather-proof; however, to ensure that the meter keeps working smoothly, remove snow and ice from natural gas meters with a broom or brush. Never kick or chip snow and ice away with a hard object.
  • Safely remove snow from vents for dryers and other natural gas equipment. Blocked vents for dryers and other gas appliances can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
  • Minimize the risk of frozen pipes. Leave faucets running at a trickle, leave cabinet doors open, and close all doors and windows to keep heat inside.
  • If you think you smell gas, act fast! Leave the area immediately and from a safe distance call 911 and the Atmos Energy emergency number, 866.322.8667. 
  • These tips and more are available on Atmos Energy's Weather Safety page.

Energy Conservation Tips from Atmos Energy:

  • Every degree makes a difference. Save energy and money by lowering your thermostat to at least 68 degrees and 58 degrees when you are away from home.
  • Don’t forget the water heater. Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees or set your temperature dial to normal or medium.
  • Harness the power of the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Leaving the damper open is like keeping a window wide open – warm air goes right up the chimney!
  • Change furnace filters once a month during winter. Dirty air filters can lead to dust, dirt, and grime buildup on the heating components, causing the furnace to use more energy and increasing the risk of a malfunction.
  • Unplug electronic devices and turn off lights that are not in use.
  • Make sure air registers and vents are not blocked by furniture or equipment for proper air flow.
  • Replace old incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED lighting.
  • Install dimmers and occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when a room is not in use.
  • Install a smart or programmable thermostat to automatically control your heating and cooling temperatures.
  • Hire a qualified professional to conduct regular maintenance and filter replacement on your HVAC systems.
  • Weatherize your building by sealing gaps and cracks in windows, doors, exterior walls, and roof penetrations with caulk or weatherstripping.

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