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Weather impacts: Schools cancel class as slow-rolling power outages continue in Texas

Many school districts have canceled in-person learning and virtual class for Tuesday due to rolling power outages and wintry weather conditions.

This story will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

Slow-rolling power outages are in effect across the state of Texas as officials work to conserve as much electricity as possible during extreme cold and record demand on the grid. Power demand is forecasted to become even greater through Tuesday. 

On Monday many districts were announcing closures due to weather and outages, including Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs, which said they would be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Here are some of the biggest impacts as of 3:52 p.m. Monday:


A new Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the next winter storm which will hit mainly Tuesday night into Wednesday in Texas. This storm will bring snow and ice. 

A Wind Chill Warning is also in place through Tuesday at noon. Wind chills are expected to bottom out between -15° and -20° Monday and Tuesday morning.

Click here to continue reading the forecast.  

Power issues

Officials are urging Texans to conserve electricity as the grid faces unprecedented demand from the extreme cold and a lower-than-normal electrical generation due to frozen turbines and lower natural gas supplies.

Check current demands on power grid

Check current Oncor outages

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Flight delays

There have already been thousands of flights canceled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for Monday. Officials are urging any passengers to confirm their flight status before departing for the airport. 

Check for delays and cancellations: 

Check your DFW flight status here 

Check your Love Field flight status here


North Texas school closures

Check a full list of all delays and closures here.

Major districts that have canceled classes Tuesday

  • Arlington ISD
  • Argyle ISD - closed Tuesday and Wednesday 
  • Aledo ISD
  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • Dallas ISD - closed Tuesday and Wednesday, virtual Thursday and Friday
  • Denton ISD
  • Fort Worth ISD - closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Frisco ISD
  • Garland ISD
  • Graford ISD - closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Grand Prairie ISD - closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Highland Park ISD
  • Keller ISD
  • Lancaster ISD
  • Lewisville ISD  
  • SMU
  • Springtown ISD
  • Texas Woman’s University campuses (Denton, Dallas, and Houston)  

Vaccine clinics

Many vaccine clinics across North Texas are closing or rescheduling due to the weather. Below are some that have announced closures.

  • Fair Park in Dallas will be closed due to weather through Wednesday. Officials said they will be closely monitoring the weather and there may be additional closures after Wednesday if there are still unsafe conditions. 
  • Parkland drive-thru vaccination and walk-up COVID-19 test centers: The Ellis Davis Field House and Dallas College Eastfield Campus (Mesquite) COVID-19 vaccine drive-through locations operated by Parkland will be closed Tuesday. Anyone who had an appointment for Tuesday at Ellis Davis Field House or Eastfield Campus should go to Parkland Memorial Hospital at 5200 Harry Hines Blvd at their designated appointment time. Anyone unable to travel will be contacted by the hospital to reschedule. 
  • The COVID-19 testing sites operated by Parkland at Sam Tasby Middle School in Dallas, Irving Health Center, and West Dallas Multipurpose Center will be closed through Thursday.
  • Vaccine hub operations at Plano's John Clark Stadium will be closed Tuesday.

RELATED: How next week's wintry weather is impacting COVID-19 vaccination efforts across North Texas

Bell Fort Worth

Bell Fort Worth area facilities will stay closed on Tuesday.

Trinity Railway Express 

TRE announced it will be suspending service from 10 p.m. Monday through the beginning of Thursday due to winter weather conditions in North Texas. 

Officials said for any TRE passengers connecting to DART services, rail operations are also suspended until the beginning of Thursday.

TRE said DART shuttle buses will be available for passengers. These bus routes can be viewed online under the "Operating Scenario 2"' section. 

People can register for TRE alerts or DART alerts for the latest updates and service changes. 


Dallas Area Rapid Transit is implementing severe winter operation plans starting on Sunday at 9 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

The transit service is moving to Operating Scenario 2, which means all rail operations will be suspended and DART bus routes will operate on normal Saturday schedules for the first few days of the week, with limited service scheduled on routes 63 and 362. 

The Dallas Streetcar will not operate during this time, but a shuttle bus will be available between EBJ Union Station and the Bishop Arts District, making all stops. The transit service is also now providing 14 additional shuttle bus routes, which can be viewed here.

Go here for more information from DART.

Government closures

Cedar Hill

All non-essential City of Cedar Hill facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 15.

Dallas County

All Dallas County offices and courts will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather.


Denton County is closing all facilities on Tuesday. First responders will remain on duty and inclement weather stations will be open.


In the City of DeSoto, City Hall, the public library, and the recreation center will all be closed. Waste collection will not happen on Monday. 


Non-emergency city offices and facilities in the City of Euless will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15. Emergency services will remain in operation and Euless Public Works crews are sanding roads and monitoring for slick spots.

Farmers Branch

All city facilities will be closed Sunday and Monday, aside from first responders, officials said.

Fort Worth

A number of city services and facilities will be closed Monday due to the inclement weather. There will also be no solid waste collection. Check the full list of closures.

Grand Prairie

All Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 15.


Non-essential city facilities will be closed Tuesday. Trash service is also canceled through Wednesday and is projected to resume service Thursday. 


The City of Mesquite has temporarily suspended all non-essential facilities on Monday, Feb. 15.

North Richland Hills

Non-emergency city offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, officials said. Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Monday either.


All libraries and public recreation centers in Plano will be closed Sunday. 


All City of Sachse facilities will be closed Monday, and city officials say they expect to reopen when conditions improve.

Road closures

Multiple TEXpress lanes were closed Saturday night until further notice due to the severe weather, officials said.

The closures included:

  • LBJ TEXpress - Segment 1 (35E elevated lanes) & US 75 SB.  Segment 2 & 3 (depressed section) are open. 
  • NTE TEXpress Lanes closed 
  • NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes closed

Drivers can find information on road conditions throughout the state on DriveTexas.org or by calling 800-452-9292.

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