County braces for soggy weekend

Published Friday, September 21, 2018
By Richard Greene

Shortly before noon Friday as light showers moved through Decatur, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell took count of the resources available from boats to personnel. Powell and the rest of the county are bracing for a wet weekend that could bring between 3 and 8 inches of rain.

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Burning up: Heat advisory or not, Wise County gets to work

Burning up: Heat advisory or not, Wise County gets to work

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Across Wise County, men and women wearing slacks and skirts are heading back from their lunch break, exiting their cars for a perilous journey across the parking lot. Some will enter the cool embrace of the air conditioned office thanking the Lord; others might come back cursing.

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Fire risk increases in Wise County

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Excessive heat, dry vegetation, low humidity and the addition of winds picking up today are expected to create dangerous fire conditions in Wise County. The National Weather Service issued a fire danger statement Thursday morning for Wise and several surrounding counties with high temperatures expected to range between 105 and 110, relative humidity between 10 and 20 percent and winds between 10 and 15 mph.

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Excessive heat warning issued for county

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As temperatures hit 105 at Decatur Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued an “excessive heat warning” for Wise County and the rest of North Central Texas for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures are expected to hit 107 and 108 Thursday and Friday.

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Storms roll through county, leaving damage

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A fast moving storm with high winds and lightning left a path of destruction in Wise County Sunday afternoon.

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The heat is on

The heat is on

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Brian Knox

If May was any indication, we might be in for a hot, dry summer.

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Wild weather: Ice, rain slam county; more to come

Wild weather: Ice, rain slam county; more to come

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Richard Greene

Winter returned to Wise County Wednesday morning with heavy sleet and freezing rain, causing havoc on local roadways, snapping trees and power lines and forcing the closure of most school districts.

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Crews work around the clock to restore power

Crews work around the clock to restore power

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Brian Knox

After dealing with issues related to spring-like thunderstorms Tuesday, local electric companies then had to deal with bigger winter ice storm problems Wednesday through Friday.

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Boil water notice issued for SouthWest Water customers

Published Thursday, February 22, 2018
By Richard Greene

The SouthWest Water Company issued boil water notices Thursday for hundreds of customers in eastern Wise County after an extended power outage Wednesday. The restrictions are expected to be in place until Saturday. In an email, spokesperson Jennifer McKnight said, “inclement weather throughout the night caused a power outage which resulted in a loss of pressure in the distribution system.”

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Ice causes power outages

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Richard Greene

As of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, 2,960 Oncor customers were without power in Wise County due to the ongoing icy weather. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said tree trimming crews were out trying to cut limbs away from lines and linemen were working to restore power.

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Sleet, ice strikes Wise County

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Richard Greene

Winter returned to Wise County Wednesday morning with heavy sleet and freezing rain, causing havoc on local roadways. Sleet began falling in downtown Decatur shortly before noon, covering the roads. The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for Wise County until midnight Thursday. Conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

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Fire Weather Watch issued for Tuesday, Wednesday

Published Monday, January 29, 2018
By Richard Greene

After a busy weekend battling grass fires, Wise County firefighters could potentially face another pair of challenging days. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the county from 11 a.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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Chance for snow arrives Thursday afternoon

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Winter could make a return to Wise County Thursday afternoon. After a seasonably warm day Wednesday, a strong cold front will arrive in Thursday morning with 25 to 30 mph winds. Moisture will follow in the afternoon after temperatures drop in the mid to low 30s, bringing a slight chance for sleet and snow.

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Sleet falls in Wise County

Published Friday, October 27, 2017
By Richard Greene

Wise County residents received a short surprise visit from Old Man Winter late Friday morning. Even with temperatures in the low 40s, a few sleet pellets fell in Decatur and other portions of Wise County.

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Thunderstorms may hit Wise

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Alvord, Chico, Crafton and Greenwood/Slidell fire departments were put on weather watch at 3:35 p.m. Sunday due to a storm west of Chico.

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Winter comes to Wise

Winter comes to Wise

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By David Talley

Winter weather descended on Wise County Friday, causing pedestrians on the Decatur square to hurry to their destination and scattering snow over sidewalks, parking lots and lawns.

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2016 in Review: Mother Nature’s wrath

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

While Wise County didn't see the record rainfall of 2015, 2016 did have its share of weather news.

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Winter weather presents potential safety threats

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By David Talley

Even though temperatures dipped into the single digits last weekend, Wise County medics weren't called to any temperature related emergencies, EMS Director Charles Dillard said Tuesday.

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Cool front rolls into Wise

Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
By David Talley

A front brought cooler weather and some rain to Wise County late in the week.

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What a relief: Rain, cooler temps throughout August

Published Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Brian Knox

August is typically the hottest and one of the driest months for our area.

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