Free Skywarn Training
2 hour training to help you become a severe weather spotter or just for those who just want to learn more about weather that affects our county.
Thursday March 1, 2017...
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Southwestern Assemblies of God University - McCafferty Hall
1200 Sycamore St.� Waxahachie, TX, 75165
Sponsored by: Ellis County Office of Emergency Management
Training is Free!
Basics of thunderstorm development
Storm Structure Fundamentals
Supercell Structures and Visual Clues
How to identify potentially severe weather features
How to report severe weather information
Other area classes:
Please stay weather aware over the next couple days as we monitor the rain totals and flood prone areas.
Please remember to avoid water covered roads.
From the NWS-...
Widespread rain, some heavy, is still anticipated during the first half of the week which could lead to instances of flash flooding, especially along and east of Interstate 35. Some minor river flooding is also possible. The severe weather threat for today (Monday) and Tuesday still looks low, but we cannot rule out a strong or borderline severe storm capable of small hail and/or gusty winds primarily Monday evening/night.
Ellis County Commissioner's Court voted in favor of issuing a Burn Ban in their meeting held on January 30, 2018.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, Ellis County, Texas is under a Burn Ban. This includes all unincorporated area in Ellis County, Texas.
Thunderstorms will be likely this afternoon and evening, generally along and east of Interstate 35/35E. Some of these thunderstorms may be severe, with damaging... wind gusts and tornadoes possible. Thunderstorms will begin to develop over the Eastern Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as early as 2:00 PM, and track east through the late afternoon and evening hours. The greatest potential for severe weather (including tornadoes) will exist during the evening hours from roughly 5 PM to 10 PM along a line from Paris to Athens.
Meanwhile, west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a critical fire danger is expected this afternoon as dry conditions and strong, gusty winds continue. Please refrain from outdoor burning, as any fires that develop will have the potential to spread very rapidly.
A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for all of North & Central Texas tonight! Lows will be in the single-digits & teens. Remember to protect people, pets, pipes, & plants! Also, dress in layers if you are going to be outside for a prolonged period of time!
As precipitation moves Into the County, we are closely monitoring the roads.
TXDOT has pre treated most of the main highways , and the precincts will be utilized as needed.
The Ellis County Emergency Management Director Judge Bush is monitoring the ISD's for closures and the roads in case it calls for a county closure as well.
Tuesdays closures so far-...
All Ellis County Offices will be closed
Avalon ISD is closed
Ennis ISD is closed
Ferris ISD is closed
Italy ISD is closed
Maypearl ISD is closed
Midlothian ISD is closed
Milford ISD is closed
Red Oak ISD is closed
Waxahachie ISD is closed
Please continue to monitor the weather tomorrow and Tuesday and drive safe.
Don't forget to bring in pets and cover plants. Check on elderly neighbors , and place plugged in heaters at a safe distance from walls or other flammables.
Possible winter weather tomorrow
Latest analysis and timing on what we can expect on Thursday. There is the possibility of a brief shot of snow or sleet tomorrow afternoon in parts of the region. A fast moving system with strong winds will keep impacts from being widespread. Stay tuned!
Closures on I-35E In Waxahachie
As sent from TXDOT to the Ellis County Emergency Management Director Judge Bush.
WAXAHACHIE – Weather permitting, various lanes of I-35E will be closed next week at night including a full closure of the southbound lanes for overhead bridge work at FM 1446 and FM 66. Following are details of closures and detours:...
The northbound left lane will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning from one mile south of Brookside Street to one mile north of US 287 Dec. 17 through Dec. 18.
The northbound left lane will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning from one mile south of Brookside Street to one mile north of US 287 Dec. 18 through Dec. 22.
The southbound left lane will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning from a half-mile north of US 287 to a half-mile south of Business 287 Dec. 17 through Dec. 22
The southbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Dec. 20 through 6 a.m. Dec. 21 at FM 1446
DETOUR: Traffic will be channeled to the frontage road using exit 399B then re-enter the highway just south of FM 66.
The southbound side will be closed from 10 p.m. Dec. 21 through 6 a.m. Dec. 22 from a half-mile north of FM 1446 to FM 66
DETOUR: Traffic will be channeled to the frontage road using exit 399A then re-enter the highway south of FM 66.
Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to take alternate routes if possible.
It's that time of year again where EVERYONE seems to be sick.
Do you know when to go see a Doctor?
Do you know when to stay home from work, or even when to keep your kids home from school?
Is it a cold or the flu?
The below links have some great answers to these questions to assist you during this years cold and flu season.
From the NWS
...Widespread freezing temperatures likely tonight into Friday
Morning and a light wintry mix possible south of I-20...
* PRECIPITATION...A light mixture of rain and snow is possible for
locations south and east of an Athens to Goldthwaite line
through this evening. Only minimal impacts due to wet roads are
anticipated, as temperatures should remain at or above freezing
before precipitation ends later tonight.
* TEMPERATURES...Overnight low temperatures will range between the
upper teens across rural areas along the Red River Valley to the
twenties elsewhere across North and Central TX. Apparent
temperatures, or what it feels like to exposed skin, will be in
the teens and twenties areawide.
* IMPACTS...Any unprotected sensitive outdoor plants or vegetation
may be damaged or killed. In addition, any water left on
roadways may re-freeze overnight, leading to slick spots,
mainly across Central Texas.
If out late tonight or early Friday morning, dress warmly! Also,
ensure that outdoor pets or livestock are tended to and can be
kept warm through the overnight hours.