Winter storm blog: Slush to freeze in frigid temps

Winter storm blog: Slush to freeze in frigid temps

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Cabin fever no more! We live out in Paradise in Wise County and I wanted the kids to have some fun and a snow day to remember. Both of the sleds broke Tuesday so I had to improvise. My 3yr old daughter Presley and I took the 4-wheel drive tractor to the pond, hooked up the old john boat and pulled it from the frozen water.



Posted on February 3, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 4 at 11:26 PM

Temperatures will finally break above the freezing mark after a little over four days. Our minute-by-minute blog is tracking the latest information.

10:21 p.m. According to TxDOT, they are not working any major accidents here in Fort Worth right now. But, just driving around I-20 and I-35S, there were plenty of accidents to be seen. The accidents have seemed to occur when someone may be driving a little too fast, hit the ice and then spin out. After that, there is no guarantee you'll see a tow truck any time soon. Michael Peters, with TxDOT, said there are sand trucks standing by ready to serve Tarrant County. - Chris Hawes in Fort Worth, WFAA

10:02 p.m. Highways are re-freezing tonight. TxDOT told News 8 it's had multiple accidents, especially in Hill County. It's gotten so bad there, TxDOT is telling drivers to not take I-35S. - WFAA

10:01 p.m. The temperature dropped below the freezing mark Tuesday morning. Saturday, for the first time in more than 100 hours, the temperature will break 32 degrees. It was nice seeing the sun today, but it's still cold out there, with a 24-degree reading at the Prince of Peach School in Plano. Winds are light, but it's cold everywhere. It's 21 in Dallas, 16 in Arlington and 13 in Denton. Everything that melted tonight, it's going to freeze up tonight. That slush and water in the roads is in the process of freezing right now. It will be rock-solid by tomorrow morning. While temperatures rise Saturday, there is a cold front on Super Bowl Sunday, which means some snow and a chance of rain. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus, WFAA

8:54 p.m. The six people hurt Friday by falling ice outside the Cowboys stadium were private contractors who had been hired by the NFL to prepare the stadium for the game. One man was hit in the head, another in the shoulder. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. - AP

6:49 p.m. Harris Methodist HEB in Bedford has closed off ambulance traffic due to a burst pipe that has flooded the facility. The ER is closed and a spokeswoman said a hallway that runs the length of the hospital has flooded. - WFAA

6:30 p.m. The man who was critically injured when ice fell from the roof at the Super Bowl has been upgraded to fair condition at JPS Hospital. Five others were also injured, were treated at Arlington Memorial and released in the early evening. - WFAA

6:06 p.m. American Airlines canceled about 600 flights at D/FW Airport, which was about 40 percent of those scheduled. Priority was given to Chicago and Pittsburgh flights, possibly carrying football fans. Love Field Airport canceled 31 of its 134 outbound flights.  - WFAA

6:05 p.m. Transportation officials say they have had more than 280 events to take care of leading up to the Super Bowl. That didn't include the six million people who already live in North Texas. It was a challenge, but one they said they lived up to. "I think that the people in transportation think we've been in a war with Mother Nature," said Michael Morris, NCTCOG. "And, I think that we succeeded because we actually had a game plan and we executed the game plan." - Craig Civale, WFAA

6:03 p.m. We've been keeping an eye on road conditions. Despite the snow passing through North Texas, icy road conditions are still the case throughout the metroplex, including one trouble spot on southbound Loop 12 at Interstate 30. Currently, there are a total of four accidents on the major interchange, including an SUV spun out with its front crashed into the sidewall. Another problem spot has been on Central Expressway at the Legacy exit. Vehicles heading in both directions have been spinning out throughout the day. That's a similar story at the Spur 408 at Kiest Boulevard. Icy conditions have left vehicles stuck in that area. - Alexa Conomos, WFAA

6:01 p.m. There are still a few flurries out there right now, but the sun did come out and the temperature rose to 29 degrees. All that we are left with is partly cloudy skies and some flurries in Grayson County.  - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:04 p.m. An SUV has been spotted crashed into the median wall on Interstate 20 at Cockrell Hill in Dallas. The spot on I-20 has proven to be a dangerous one, with many people losing control of the vehicles on the trouble spot. The driver and passenger suffered bloody noses in the accident. - WFAA

3:30 p.m. Several vehicles and a semi-tanker truck have been involved in an accident on eastbound Interstate 20 at Matlock Road in Arlington. Three lanes are blocked. There has been no information on injuries. - WFAA

3:01 p.m. A car could be seen with its side in a ditch full of water near the site of a water main break at Alta Mere Drive just south of Interstate 30 in far west Fort Worth. A water rescue was called after the car crashed. It is unclear if the water main break occurred as the driver drove over the area or before. - WFAA

2:41 p.m. Six have been injured, including one critically, after ice fell onto them outside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The man who was critically injured was taken to JPS Hospital and the other five were taken to . - WFAA

2:13 p.m. According to unofficial reports compiled by the National Weather Service, Melissa in Collin County and Emory in Rains County top the list of snowfall totals with 7 inches, followed closely by Rice in Navarro County with 6.8 inches. Other notable snow totals include 6 inches in Rowlett, Corsicana, Paris, McKinney, and Terrell. Dallas, Richardson and Arlington were listed with 5-inch accumulations. - National Weather Service

2:30 p.m. The Mesquite Metro Airport has been closed and the Mesquite Community Theatre's "The Importance of Being Ernest" has ben canceled. - WFAA

2:11 p.m. The intersection of southbound Loop 12 and Spur 408 in southwest Dallas County has now reopened to traffic, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said. - WFAA

1:37 p.m. Sammy Sandu, a 32-year-old property developer from Kelowna, B.C., and his father made it to Dallas Thursday before the latest snowfall, but other members of their party weren't so lucky. Sandu's brother was still hoping to get in from Miami, while his friend essentially abandoned travel plans after an American Airlines flight from Vancouver was canceled. Sandu had hoped to visit the JFK assassination site and said his brother had spent $1,500 on party tickets, but all those plans were on hold because of the weather. "It looks like, `Oh, no, I'm back in Canada,"' Sandu said. "It's just pouring down snow. Are we still at home, or have we left? We didn't drink that much last night, did we?" - Associated Press

1:17 p.m. Officials have now closed southbound Loop 12 at Spur 408 in southwest Dallas County; vehicles are stranded all over the freeway, according to sheriff's department spokeswoman Kimberlee Leach. Deputies are putting yellow tape on cars that have been abandoned or stuck in the snow to alert other motorists that the vehicle has been checked. That is aimed at avoiding unnecessary calls to dispatchers already overwhelmed by emergency traffic. Leach said the department has more than 40 squad cars on the road in Dallas County to deal with accidents and icy spots.

12:33 p.m. At an icy ramp on Interstate 45 in Rice, Texas -- about 41 miles south of Dallas -- we've been watching all morning as vehicles of all sizes try and mostly fail to negotiate the incline. Now, finally, a TxDOT truck has arrived to spread some sand  in an attempt to offer improved traction. - Cynthia Vega in Navarro County

12:32 p.m. "As the sun comes out, it's looking a little slushy," said meteorologist Colleen Coyle, who has been monitoring conditions on Interstate 30 just west of the downtown Mixmaster in Fort Worth. She said traffic is moving slowly but because of the slight melting, driving may be even more dangerous as the liquid refreezes on road surfaces. - WFAA

12:31 p.m. Traffic is moving slowly but smoothly through the High Five interchange at North Central Expressway and LBJ Freeway. A few minutes ago, we saw TxDOT snow plows clearing the northbound lanes, and that made quite a difference in the driving conditions. We expect those plows to turn around and come back toward Dalas soon. - Steve Stoler in North Dallas

12:29 p.m. Greyhound is still not operating buses in and out of its Dallas terminal. A spokesman for the company said it is considering possibilities for re-routing passengers, many of whom have been sleeping for days at the terminal. - WFAA

12:20  p.m. "I do think we're done with the snow for now," said meteorologist Greg Fields. He said North Texas skies will slowly clear during the afternoon. Our high temperature will only be in the upper 20s today, with the low tonight dropping down to about 16 degrees. It will warm  up to 40 degrees on Saturday, and the mercury may reach the mid-40s early on Super Bowl Sunday morning before another cold front moves in bringing more precpitation. This time, however, it should be all liquid, Fields said, likely ending during the big game. Fans may get a little wet, but there should be no additional snow or ice. - WFAA

12:08 p.m. D/FW Airport officials say it is operating on a half schedule. 300 flights were canceled this morning. Four runways are currently open. The airport is expected to be on a full schedule this afternoon. - WFAA

11:38 a.m. TxDOT says it is doubling the number of snow plows that will hit the road in Dallas and Tarrant County. The department will bring in 44 additional snowplows from West Texas and Childress area. This will bring the total to 74 plows. The snowplows will be used to remove the top layer of snow. Then the magnesium chloride will melt the remaining snow and ice. - Jodi Hodges, TxDOT

11:19 a.m. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has canceled its Friday performance. Rehearsals have been cancelled throughout the week. The Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 performance will still take place at 8 p.m. -Christy Pierce, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

10:54 a.m. Dallas Love Field officials are working on maintaining the large runway, as well at taxiways and gateways. Hope to have Southwest Airlines up and running by noon. Limited space available for private planes to land. Ready for the weather to pass.  -Jose Luis Torres, Dallas Love Field

10:39 a.m. Officials at Sundance Square say the show must go on. As of 10:15 a.m. they announced that restaurants and shops are open. Rusty the Steer will arrive at noon to predict the next Super Bowl champ. Parking is free after 5pm. The Hope Walk on Sunday will take place.

10:31 a.m. Thirty additional snow plows from TxDot are on the roads. Several trucks have hit the Interstate 20 corridor shoveling snow onto the side.

9:51 a.m. Southwest Airlines has been forced to suspend all operations at its home base of Dallas Love until at least noon because of continued snowfall. The airline is waiting for the City of Dallas to clear the runways of accumulation. Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said 60 flights have been canceled so far as the region is expecting an influx of fans for Super Bowl XLV. "It's not a typical day for us because we had additional flights scheduled from Milwaukee and Pittsburgh," he said. Hawkins said most football fans were on later flights, and because the airline has additional personnel on duty for that purpose, the timing is helping Southwest. "Nonetheless, our customers are being inconvenienced," he said. Southwest passengers should go to the airline's Web site for the latest information about delays and cancellations. - WFAA

9:38 a.m. The Dallas International Boat Show at Dallas Market Hall has canceled its scheduled session for Friday due to the weather. The Boat Show will open on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. - WFAA

9:36 a.m. As of 9 a.m., the National Weather Service official reporting stations have measured 4.3 inches of snow in Dallas; 1.8 inches at D/FW Airport; and 2.2 inches in Fort Worth. Unofficial readings of 5 inches in Richardson, 5 inches in Plano and 6 inches in McKinney have been reproted, with snow still falling in most areas. - WFAA

9:07 a.m. "Snow is coming down pretty hard here," said meteorologist Colleen Coyle, reporting from Interstate 30 just west of downtown Fort Worth. She said there's been an additional half-inch of accumulation of small, fluffy snowflakes. She warned motorists that there is ice hiding under the snowy surface. - WFAA

9:06 a.m. There has been a substantial improvement in road conditions at the High Five interchange at North Central Expressway and LBJ Freeway. A combination of snow plows, melting agents, sand and traffic has combined to help clear the icy road surface. Traffic is moving slowly but steadily. - Steve Stoler reporting from North Dallas

9:05 a.m. The southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway have reopened from Keller Springs Road to Belt Line Road. The section was closed after a number of vehicles were unable to maneuver through that stretch. "Traffic has been heavier than we anticipated, and we have seen people spin out, essentially," said North Texas Tollway Authority Kim Jackson. "We need people to be cautious when they drive." She added that the agency has been treating road surfaces around the clock, and that it has adequate supplies of sand and of chemical deicing agent. - WFAA

8:36 a.m. American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle says there are now 270 American flights canceled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and 260 American Eagle cancellations. "It's going to be an ugly morning," he said. "We should start to see the schedule rebuild during the day." Martelle added that one of American's top priorities is getting passengers to D/FW for Super Bowl XLV. - WFAA

8:35 a.m. One last band of snow is moving through North Texas from west to east, dropping an additional one to two inches of accumulation. It should taper off to flurries by midday. - Meteorologist Greg Fields in the WFAA Weather Center

8:30 a.m. Things are improving on DART's light rail network, but spokesman Morgan Lyons told News 8 that there are delays of about 30 minutes. DART buses are operating, but are subject to delays due to the icy road conditions. The Trinity Railway Express is operating on a regular schedule. - WFAA

8:19 a.m. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 have reopened over the Lake Ray Hubbard bridge, but traffic is still moving very slowly. - Photojournalist Bryan Titsworth in Rockwall

8:19 a.m. More snow is moving into Tarrant and Denton counties. This could be an additional 1  to 3 inches  of snow for those areas. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus and meteorologist Greg Fields in the WFAA Weather Center

8:14 a.m. TxDOT snowplows are clearing the High Five exchange in Dallas. - Steve Stoler in North Dallas

8 a.m. The Dallas North Tollway southbound from Eldorado Parkway in Frisco to the Interstate 35 exit in Dallas is slow going. Deep snow and incredibly slick spots -- especially north of LBJ Freeway -- were causing multiple tie-ups. Many drivers were unable to navigate the steep bridge slopes.   - Doug Boehner

7:20 a.m. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 over Lake Ray Hubbard have been shut down due to icing conditions. Westbound traffic is moving very slowly.  - Alexa Conomos in the WFAA Traffic Center

7:06 a.m. "This is really extraordinary," said veteran WFAA reporter Brad Watson in downtown Dallas. "Thirty-two years in North Texas, I cant  recall school out for four days." He observed two men using shovels trying to clear a path near an office building "It's like emptying a lake with two tablespoons," he said. - Brad Watson in downtown Dallas

7:03 a.m. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport spokesman David Magana says four of seven runways are operational, with 120 flights canceled this morning. He said the first departure of the day was at 5:20 a.m. and the airport is open for business. Every departing aircraft is being deiced before takeoff, a process that takes about 20 minutes; that is responsible in part for the reduced schedule.

Magana said D/FW is ready for the additional air traffic expected starting today ahead of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. Charter flights and extra commercial jets are coming in, and Magana said the airport also welcomes general aviation traffic. He noted that weather in other parts of the country could complicate Super Bowl travel plans for some fans. "Everybody's going to have to hang with it, and we'll do everything we can to get everyone here safely," he said.

Dallas Love Field said runways will be open by 8 a.m. Travelers are advised to call their airline before heading out to any airport. - WFAA

6:56 a.m. We're now looking at the possibility of a little bit of snow on Super Bowl Sunday. It doesn't look like it would be as significant as today's weather event, but there could be some flurries, sleet and rain on game day. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

6:45 a.m. We've had more snow than originally forecast because there was more moisture in the atmosphere. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

6:30 a.m. The snow is tapering off in the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area, but flurries will continue through the morning with an additional accumulation of one inch or less. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus and meteorologist Greg Fields in the WFAA Weather Center

5:39 a.m. In an interview with WFAA, Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cynthia Northrop White acknowledged that dealing with the overnight snowfall has been a "challenge" for the agency. "Our strategy has been to try and keep the right lane clear with the resources that we have," she said, adding that TxDOT has a few plows at work in addition to the fleet of sand and salt trucks. - WFAA

5:37 a.m. Freezing rain and sleet that shut down interstate highways in San Antonio and Corpus Christi Friday may worsen during the morning commute. The National Weather Service called for an 80 percent chance of snow Friday along much of the Texas Gulf Coast. - Associated Press

5:34 a.m. Some ramps that are part of the Fort Worth Mixmaster at Interstates 30 and 35W are closed. - Alexa Conomos in the WFAA Traffic Center

5:30 a.m. Dallas County offices are closed today. - WFAA

5:19 a.m. We traveled south on from Dallas on Interstate 45 and driving was hazardous all the way. We saw a northbound Corvette sports car that spun out. We've pulled over at a truck stop about 37 miles south of Dallas where many 18-wheelers have also taken refuge. - Cynthia Vega reporting from Alma

5:12 a.m. DART light rail customers should prepare for significant delays of more than 30 minutes due to accumulated snow on switches. Trains were operated overnight to keep overhead power lines clear. DART buses will operate a regular schedule given local road conditions. Trinity Railway Express trains will operate a regular schedule. - DART

5:05 a.m. "It's a very pleasant, pretty winter morning," said WFAA reporter Brad Watson in downtown Dallas, observing that there's no wind and the snow is letting up a little bit. But he estimated about 4 inches of accumulation outside the WFAA studios at 606 Young Street. "It's hard to tell where the curbs are and where the streets begin," he said. The City of Dallas has about 30 sand and salt trucks available, but it does not own a single plow to deal with a buildup of snow like this. - Brad Watson reporting from downtown Dallas.

5:02 a.m. A vehicle caught fire after spinning out of control at American Boulevard and Highway 183  near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Cars and trucks are getting stuck and some ramps may have to be closed. - Alexa Conomos in Dallas

4:56 a.m. Motorist Deanna Phillips called in say she has spun out in Fort Worth. She said she's seen multiple wrecks and has observed 18-wheelers going at 50 mph on the treacherous road surface. - WFAA

4:50 a.m. We've measured the snowfall along Interstate 30 in Fort Worth at about 2 inches. Motorists are driving at dangerously high speeds for the conditions. Meteorologist Colleen Coyle in Fort Worth

4:40 a.m. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Dallas, Tarrant and counties to the north and east until noon. Total snowfall across the warning area is expected to range from 3 to 6 inches. Roads, bridges and overpasses will be very hazardous and possibly impassible. Do not travel unless it is an emergency. Motorists are advised to keep an extra blanket, flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case you get stuck. - WFAA

4:19 a.m. The heaviest band of snow right now is along U.S. 75 from downtown Dallas north to McKinney. Some spots have already reported 5 inches on the ground. Temperatures are in the upper teens in most areas. - Meteorologist Greg Fields

4:15 a.m. A coating of fluffy snow is now being deposited on North Texas as up to 4 inches of accumulation has already been measured in parts of Dallas and Collin counties. Meteorologist Greg Fields says the snowfall will continue until at lest 10 a.m.  The snow on top of already icy road surfaces has made driving even more treacherous. - WFAA

10:15 p.m. North Texas is under a winter weather advisory as snow moves into our area about one hour ahead of schedule. Flakes are already falling just to the south of Dallas-Fort Worth as the upper level disturbance heads north. "If it's not snowing at your house at three in the morning, it will by six in the morning," said Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus. The storm, which will generate light to moderate snow showers, won't move out of the area until lunchtime. Accumulation will be heaviest to the east of the Interstate 35 corridor, with 1 to 3 inches expected and higher amounts to the east. Some isolated sections could pick up even more than that. The overnight low will be 18 and North Texas — where the temperature has been below freezing since early Tuesday — won't climb see the deep freeze end until late Saturday morning. - WFAA

7:26 p.m. With thawing temperatures expected over the weekend, airlines are optimistic that out-of-town fans will get to icy Texas in time to see the Super Bowl. At least 1,250 flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport have been canceled this week, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. That's second only to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The bulk of the cancellations came Tuesday and Wednesday after an ice storm coated the region and was followed by temperatures in the teens. By today, D/FW was operating on a nearly normal schedule, even though temperatures barely rose into the 20s. American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, expect to fly more than 90 percent of their flights at the big hub. - Associated Press

6:15 p.m. Fort Worth police are investigating an accident involving a sand truck. Appropriately enough, it happened on Sandy Lane around 4:45 p.m. Thursday.  Authorities said the truck slid off the road, turned over on its side and hit a pole, spilling sand on Sandy Lane. Neither of the truck's two occupants was injured. - WFAA

5:20 p.m. "We're all going to have snow," said WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus. The upper level disturbance will be just southwest of Fort Worth and Dallas at midnight Thursday. By 6 a.m., Delkus said we should all be seeing a light to moderate snow that will linger until lunchtime. Accumulations will range from 1 to 3 inches east of a line from Sherman to McKinney to Dallas; less than an inch to the west of that line.  The overnight low will be a cold 16 degrees, meaning there's no fear of any sleet or freezing rain — this will be an all-snow event. - WFAA

5:15 p.m.  The list of school districts closed on Friday is expanding with more snow in the forecast. The list now includes: Allen, Arlington, Dallas, Denton, Duncanville, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Keller, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, McKinney and Plano. The Fort Worth ISD was already scheduled to have the day off Friday; now teachers don't have to report, either. - WFAA

4:46 p.m. Fort Worth police are reporting that a sand truck was involved in an accident. Authorities say the tuck slid off the road, turned over on its side and hit a pole. The driver and a passenger were not hurt.

4:34 p.m. Plano ISD is closed on Friday. -WFAA

3:38 p.m. Dallas ISD schools are closed on Friday. Administration offices will be open, but one hour late. -WFAA

3:25 p.m. Cedar Hill, Denton, Kaufman, Keller, Gainsville and Sherman ISDs are closed on Friday. -WFAA

2:59 p.m. Arlington ISD is closed on Friday. School officials blame the weather for closing the doors for the fourth straight day.-WFAA

2:15 p.m. Duncanville, Lake Dallas, Aubrey, Boyd, Brownsboro, Chico, Graham, and Sherman ISDs are closed on Friday. -WFAA

12:05 p.m. As of right now, we do not have any type of events with any type of outages. We are still asking people to conserve energy. Police continue to turn off any unnecessary lights or appliances and hopefully we can stop them from happening. We're still on the lookout for any problems tomorrow with more bad weather coming. So, please be mindful that it could happen then.  - Jeamy Molina, Oncor

12:01 p.m. Sports fans at Sundance Square were disappointed to find "Mike & Mike" weren't broadcasting outside today. "I waited for nothing," said Rick, a fan who brought his son with him to see the show. But, Rick said he isn't giving up and is going to bring his son to the NFL Experience tomorrow in Dallas. The Tailgating Championship, which includes six regional champions competing with cooking, transporting, NFL trivia and parking lot athletics. - WFAA

10 a.m. As posted Wedneday, because of the icy weather, the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center has announced that it will honor any unused Wednesday admission tickets on Thursday.  - WFAA

9:12 a.m. There is an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a sedan on southbound 75 at Plano Parkway. At least three lanes are closed. - Rick McDonald, a Plano spokesman.

8:02 a.m. Firefighters appeared to have a three-alarm fire under control at the Tealwood on the Creek Condos. There was severe damage to the building and firefighters could be seen Red Cross is on the scene to help those displaced find shelter as the temperatures remain dangerously low. Since the ice storm started, Red Cross has responded to 14 structure fires, said Anita Foster, a Red Cross spokeswoman. There is still no word if anyone was injured in the fire. - WFAA

7:48 a.m. It is painfully cold again out there with wind chills in the single digits, and even below zero at times. Winds have eased up some, but still the wind chills will be a factor this morning. Currently, it is 17 degrees in Dallas, 14 in Fort Worth and 14 in McKinney. So, we haven't set that record thanks to cloud covering. It's going to be another real cold tonight as well with temperatures in the low teens heading into tomorrow morning. We will also begin to see some snow developing as we head into tonight as well, especially southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A few snowflakes will be falling in some area of North Texas at about 7 a.m. It does move out of North Texas quickly. - Meteorologist Greg Fields, WFAA

7:20 a.m.  Flames are shooting out of the top of the Tealwood on the Creek Condos, which is located in the 6000 block of Melody Lane in Dallas. The massive fire has built to three alarms. Firefighters have said fighting blazes in the icy weather has proven difficult due to slippery conditions on the ground. Over the past few days, they have brought kitty litter to place on the ground to create more grip on the ground. - WFAA

7:01 a.m. Interstate 30 at Lawnview Avenue moving in and out of Dallas has proven to be an icy spot, which is where a FedEx truck jackknifed when hitting an ice patch. The truck is blocking several lanes on the eastbound side of the interstate, leaving the two far left lanes open. - Alexa Conomos in Dallas, WFAA

6:56 a.m. Morning peak demand is projected to be more than 56,800 MW.  Although immediate concerns for the possibility of rotating outages this morning are reduced, ERCOT will be monitoring the grid closely because additional unexpected major losses of generation could force operators to begin emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout. - ERCOT

6:44 a.m. While ERCOT says rolling blackouts will not continue today, emergency management says they are on alert for any possible problems. - WFAA

6:38 a.m. Traffic on Central Expressway and the Dallas North Tollway is moving well in the Plano area. There were ice patches north of LBJ Freeway. The most ice I spotted were in Collin County, once you hit Plano from the south.

Many side streets and parking lots are still covered with ice. One 14-year-old girl, Hannah Chaulker, was spotted figure skating on the street right in front of her house in Frisco. That's something I haven't seen in my 25 years of covering winter storms in North Texas. - Steve Stoler in Collin County, WFAA

6:30 a.m. Grid condition improving but conservation still urged between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

5:51 a.m. Rolling power outages that left more than three-fourths of the chilly state shivering in the dark could resume if Texans don't turn down their thermostats and curb electricity use.

Representatives of Dallas-based Oncor, an electric utility that serves about 7 million consumers, urged customers Thursday to conserve power as recovery continues from a winter storm.

Oncor reported nearly 14,000 homes and businesses without electricity early Thursday, including about 9,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. - Associated Press

Schools districts in Dallas and Fort Worth were closed for the third day in a row.

5:47 a.m. Southwest Airlines will begin operations at 6:30 a.m. and plans to run on a normal schedule, a Dallas Love Field spokesman says. - WFAA

5:39 a.m. An icy lane on the Fort Worth Mixmaster has been blocked off with flares and cop cars are protecting the area. - WFAA

5:30 a.m. Woke up to frozen pipes and electricity out. However, the drive in from Lower Greenville Avenue to downtown Dallas was the easiest since the winter storm blew through. However, there were still lots of large ice patches on the roads and walking in some areas continues to still be a cautious task. Drive slowly and be careful on the streets and sidewalks. - Marjorie Owens in Dallas, WFAA

5:25 a.m. It's another ice day for North Texas school districts, with more districts closed today, including Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Arlington, Allen, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Frisco, Plano and Lewisville among those. - WFAA


9:41 p.m. Because of the icy weather, the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center has announced that it will honor any unused Wednesday admission tickets on Thursday.  - WFAA

7:26 p.m. The American Red Cross has established an emergency overnight shelter in Grand Prairie as a result of power outages in hundreds of of area homes. The shelter will be open starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Boles Life Center, 2750 Graham Street. It will remain open until it is no longer needed. - WFAA

6:20 p.m. Record cold temperatures are in the overnight forecast, and there's more snow in store for North Texas on Friday morning. My forecast calls for the low early Thursday to dip to 12 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, eclipsing the record of 14.  We may finally get somewhere close to the freezing mark on Friday, but not before light snow showers and flurries move into North Texas from the south during the morning rush hour. Accumulations should be one inch or less in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Looking ahead to Super Bowl Sunday: The high will be back to a normal of 57 degrees under partly cloudy skies. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus reporting from Fort Worth

6:05 p.m. Austin-based watchdog group Public Citizen says there is plenty of blame to go around after the surprise rolling electric blackouts in Texas during Tuesday's cold snap. "I think basically the generators are at fault for not having had their power plants up and ready to operate in this thing," said Tom Smith, Public Citizen's state director. "ERCOT needed to have been more on the ball in terms of signaling to the generators we've got to have that capacity up and ready to go, because we're having a big cold snap coming." The Electric Reliability Council of Texas ordered Oncor to shut down 10 percent of its users just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, and managers of the massive power grid say more blackouts are likely Wednesday night and Thursday morning during periods of peak demand. - Jason Whitely reporting from Austin

4:59 p.m.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas warns that more rotating power outages may be necessary during peak demand hours of 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and 6-8 a.m. Thursday. Consumers are being asked to reduce energy consumption. ERCOT says more than 5,000 megawatts of generating capacity is out of service due to the extreme cold. -


4:47 p.m. A squadron of seven snow plows is clearing the ice and snow away from a section of Loop 12 near Interstate 30 in western Dallas County. It is a very unusual sight because North Texas road agencies generally rely exclusively on salt and sand to clear highways. - WFAA

4:14 p.m. Dallas, Irving and Cedar Hill ISDs say schools will be closed on Thursday. - WFAA

3:47 p.m. Oncor reports 45,935 customers statewide are without power at this time, including  28,213 in the Dallas Metro area and 4,320 in the Fort Worth Metro area. An order for mandatory "rolling blackouts" was lifted earlier in the afternoon. Customers are urged to reduce power consumpution during the peak hours tonight between 6  and 10 p.m. - WFAA

3:34 p.m. Arlington ISD has joined the list of school districts that will be closed on Thursday. - WFAA

3:06 p.m. Fort Worth, Argyle, Azle, Decatur, Denton, Lake Dallas, Lewisville and Stephenville are among the area school districts that have already canceled classes for Thursday. - WFAA

3:06 p.m. News 8 is getting reports of northern Tarrant County neighborhoods without heat because of natural gas transmission issues. Atmos Energy says it is seeing record demand because of the cold weather. As a result, natural gas lines are experiencing drops in pressure which affect the flow of natural gas into homes. Families in Colleyville, Grapevine, Hurst, Southlake and North Richland Hills tell News 8 they have had natural gas service interrupted since early this morning, resulting in a lack of heat. One North Richland Hills family told News 8 that while their home is now receiving some natural gas, it's not enough to heat their water.

At noon, Atmos issued an order to curtail or interrupt service to industrial customers North of Interstate 30 in Dallas, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties. All industrial customers in Denton, Collin, Cooke and Grayson counties are being curtailed or interrupted. Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division president John Paris said, "This curtailment order to industrials is issued to ensure adequate supply to our residential and commercial customers.”

Atmos is attempting to fix problems within a few hours of receiving the reports, but repair trucks are being hampered by severe weather conditions. Atmos said fewer than 2,000 customers were affected by a low-pressure problem on Wednesday. A spokesman for the utility said in the areas affected, the problem was generally confined to pockets of six to a dozen homes per neighborhood. The company has 1.3 million residential and business customers. - Chris Hawes reporting from Fort Worth

2:51 p.m. Burst water pipes at two coal-fired power plants forced them to shut down, triggering rolling power cuts across the state, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said today, adding, this is something that "should not happen." Dewhurst said he was told that water pipes at two plants, Oak Grove and Sand Hill, forced them to cut electricity production. Natural gas power plants that should have provided back up had difficulty starting due to low pressure in the supply lines, also caused by the cold weather. The lieutenant governor said the demand placed on the Texas grid was nowhere near peak capacity. He said he was frustrated by the situation. The statewide electricity authority ordered cities across the state to start rolling power outages to cope with the crisis. - Associated Press

1:39 p.m. The agency that supervises electrical power distribution in Texas has confirmed to News 8 that it has ordered an end to rolling blackouts. The power disruptions, which started around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday,  affected thousands of homes and businesses as electric providers were dealing with the failure of a number of generators at the same time there was high demand because of low temperatures. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) ordered restoration of full power after determining that the generation capacity now is capable of handling the demand.  ERCOT emphasized that some homes and businesses could remain without power while their electric providers work to restore service. Consumers are urged to continue conserving power during the arctic cold snap, particularly during the peak hours between 6 and 10 p.m. - Brad Watson, WFAA

1:33 p.m. Electricity isn't the only power source in short supply on Wednesday. Atmos Energy, the state's largest distributor of natural gas, said it is seeing record demand because of the unusually cold weather. Atmos spokesman Jeff Knights said a few limited areas have seen low pressure as a result, but there are concerns that if more schools and businesses open on Thursday, demand could increase. Knights urged consumers to reduce consumption wherever possible to avoid the possibility of outages. That means setting thermostats to 65 degrees and reducing use of hot water, particularly in the early morning hours. - WFAA

1:04 p.m. Power has finally returned to West Plano in the Parker Road-Dallas North Tollway area after four hours and 20 minutes. The outage left hundreds of homes without power along with scores of businesses, including McDonalds, Academy Sports and Kroger. More than am hour after the power came back on, many of those businesses were still closed. - Steve Stoler reporting from Plano

12:30 p.m. ERCOT is urging all consumers who can reduce their energy consumption to do so at this time. Severe weather has led to the loss of more than 50 generation units - more than 7,000 MW, and additional units are continuing to trip offline due to the extreme cold temperatures. Conservation is very critical at this time to reduce the load on the system.

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service initiated by each utility when supplies of reserve power are exhausted.  Without this safety valve, generators would overload and begin shutting down to avoid damage, risking a domino effect of a state-wide outage. As of noon, 2000 MW of the rotating outages had been restored, and 2000 MW remains under rotating outages. - ERCOT

12:12: p.m. The CEO of Oncor says there are two reasons the Cowboys Stadium is exempt from the rolling blackouts. The first reason is because of the large amount of people out there right now for preparations for the Super Bowl. The second reason is security. There has been a lot put in to make it a secure area by both federal and local law enforcement. The central business districts in Fort Worth and Dallas were also exempt, since there are too many critical sites such as the city halls and 911 centers. - Brad Watson in Dallas, WFAA

12:11 p.m. Oncor says this blackout event is four times larger than the last time something like this has happened. If ERCOT had not call for rolling blackouts, Texas could go into a blackout similar to what happened in the northeast in 2003. This is the largest blackout duration Oncor has ever seen. Typically, they last only an hour. In this case, it's been ongoing since 6 a.m. Oncor says if people have lost power once, it is probable they will lose it again. If someone is without power for over 45 minutes, then call Oncor and make a report as there may be issues with transformers. - Jason Whitely, WFAA

12:01 p.m. We just talked to the CEO of Oncor, Bob Shapard. He said the rolling blackouts are only made to last for a matter of hours. It is part of an imbalance of the overall ERCOT system, which manages the Texas power grid. What happens is that when there is too much demand and not enough generation, the alternative is they tell people like Oncor, which are the people who bring the generated power to your home, to begin to shut down parts of their service - thus, the rolling blackouts. This happens until generators can bring up enough units to match demand. Shapard said Oncor was notified of the problem by ERCOT before 6 a.m. They were asked to bring down about 10 percent of their service area, which equals to about 300,000 customers losing power in 15 to 45 minute blocks of time. - Brad Watson in Dallas, WFAA

11:28 p.m. The Dallas County government is open today, however County Judge Clay Jenkins is out of commission. He slipped on a patch of ice leaving his home for work this morning and broke his leg. He's being treated at Parkland Hospital and is expected to have surgery. - WFAA

11:24 a.m. Rolling blackouts are also affecting patient care in North Texas. Since early this morning, Texas Health Presbyterian in Rockwall has been running on emergency backup power to provide heat and electricity. - Cynthia Vega in Rockwall, WFAA

10:40 a.m. The United States Postal Service is asking residents and businesses to clear a path for letter carriers. "Postal residential and business customers are asked to clear your mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris, including clearing nearby sidewalks, steps and porches," read a statement released by USPS Wedneday. - WFAA

9:50 a.m. A DART train full of people is stuck at Good Latimer and Gaston Avenue in Deep Ellum. The train, which is part of the Green Line, is stuck due to malfunctioning signals, which are connected to the rolling outages. The gates are down at many other train crossings as well. - WFAA

9:22 a.m. The preparation for the rotating power outages was there. We knew it was going to be very cold; we knew that would increase demand for electricity. What happened overnight were that some power plants throughout the state went down, unplanned outages. We lost almost a good 10 percent of the available power generated in the state as a result. With that reduced supply, ERCOT had to initiate its rolling outage program ... We do not expect any Super Bowl exemptions at all. This plan for the rolling outages makes good for contingencies, emergencies services, etc. Now, I'll point out that the peak demand in a winter day is in the early morning hours, people get up and fire up their appliances and the work day place gets established. Demand is already down somewhat from the peak 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. ... The rolling outages are designed to last from 10 to 45 minutes. On top of that, however, there may be localized weather-related outages that could be of a longer duration. - Terry Hadley, Public Utilities Commission

8:40 a.m. First, I would like to say, these are not rolling blackouts. We were asked by ERCOT to do what is essentially called load-shedding; it's a very structured manner where we select certain feeders to go off for approximately 15 minutes, and this is happening through the entire ERCOT system. Please continue to keep calling us. We still did have some instances this morning where there were outages due to the weather, so that could still be an outage that was caused by the weather ... We understand that it's really cold; we're just trying to get through this as quickly as we can. But, we are just doing what ERCOT has asked us to do ... There is a large amount of customers calling, so please be patient. - Jeamy Molina, Oncor

8:26 a.m. The rolling blackouts are impacting about 44,000 North Texans. They are statewide and the rolling blackouts are for all energy providers. While ERCOT says those outages should last 15 minutes, there have been many reports of outages lasting over an hour. One viewer, Tammy Walters of Lake Dallas, says she woke up at 7 a.m. to discover her power was out, and it remains out. "I have a 2-year-old and a 7-month-old and we're not having a good morning right now," she said. Walters said she reported the outage to Oncor, and has called three times. Oncor has asked customers to call 888-313-4747 if your power is out longer than 15 minutes. "This is unacceptable," Walters said. - WFAA

8:11 a.m. Some mechanical problems on light rail cars, coupled with the blackouts, are causing longer-than 15 minute delays announced earlier. If you are riding DART today, dress warmly for a wait at the stations.

A day after DART's first-ever weather-related suspension of light rail service, the transit agency is back on its tracks - but a new problem is adding to delays. ERCOT, the statewide power grid operator, is implementing rolling power outages this morning.

That is bad news for transit users, as the rolling blackouts are knocking out some DART trains, too. DART spokesman Morgan Lyons says the light rail trains got out of the yards this morning but have been delayed by the power outages.- Michael Lindenberger, The Dallas Morning News

7:53 a.m. Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is enforcing rolling blackouts across Texas. They are doing the blackouts to lighten the energy load. Oncor customers are being directly affected. "The Electric Reliability Council of Texas system has moved to its highest level. Oncor electric delivery is currently reducing load and rotating outages every 15 minutes," an automated message says when a call was made to Oncor. "These are planned outages designed to protect the state's grid during periods of instability." - WFAA

7:45 a.m.  While it may look like a winter wonderland, it's a lot more yucky, with large ice coverings rather snow covering the ground here at University Park. There is a lot of ice and slush covering both the roads and sidewalks. - Wyatt Goolsby in Dallas, WFAA

7:07 a.m. It's very windy and very cold out here just west of downtown Fort Worth. Cars are just starting to pick up in traffic; we've mostly seen the city buses going up and down West 7th Street. The Fort Worth Department of Emergency Management said they hit nearly 450 bridges, overpasses and inclines with the sand-salt mix. They are also concentrating on pedestrian areas. Yesterday, the Fort Worth Police Department worked 209 accidents; today there have been less than a dozen reported so far. - Casey Norton in Fort Worth, WFAA

7:05 a.m. Wind chills have been below zero throughout the morning. Temperatures have dipped into 11 degrees in Denton, 14 in Dallas and 11 in Fort Worth. As we head into lunch time, it will only warm up a little to 17 degrees with some light flurries in some areas. The daytime highs will struggle to rise to 21 degrees, remaining mostly cloudy. - Meteorologist Greg Fields, WFAA

7:02 a.m. All the slush we saw accumulate yesterday, all of that refroze overnight, leaving ice patches across North Texas. The problem at the I-30 bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard at Dalrock Road continues to be a problem. The problem started with three tractor trailers that got stuck on the bridge, and it's taken quite some time to remove them. One still remains on the freeway, and there are plans to shut down that area for a short time as they work to remove it.

Another problem spot is on I-20 westbound at Dowdy Ferry moving towards Dallas from Hutchins. An 18-wheeler has lost traction and skidded off the freeway. It's a problem that has happened several times on that area of I-20. - Alexa Conomos, WFAA

7:01 a.m. Many people are experiencing power outages, which is due to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) enforcing rolling blackouts at this time throughout Texas. It's happening because the grid is too stressed. The blackouts are temporary, leaving customers without power for minutes. - WFAA

6:47 a.m. Traffic, which there isn't much of, on the Dallas North Tollway is moving well. While drivers are moving, it's all well under the speed limit. There are big problems on neighborhood roads in Plano and other parts of Collin County. The roads are covered with ice, many appearing to be dangerous to drive on. Plano police reported 42 traffic accidents and 52 motorist assists on Tuesday. - Steve Stoler in Plano, WFAA

6:32 a.m. A sheet of ice on the Zang Curve on northbound I-35 moving up to the Dallas Zoo and heading into downtown has led to massive backup for drivers. This is the same spot where WFAA's Dale Hansen experienced problems coming into Dallas from Waxahachie yesterday. It looks like a massive parking lot as sanding trucks work to try and fix the problem. - Alexa Conomos, WFAA

6:06 a.m. Two lanes are now open going westbound on Interstate 30 at Dalrock Road near Lake Ray Hubbard after being closed overnight due to stuck three tractor trailers. The trailers got stuck at 8 p.m., and one still remains, waiting to be hauled off. - Cynthia Vega in Rockwall, WFAA

5:40 a.m. The side and secondary roads are looking pretty bad out there. Three tractor trailers that got stuck overnight on a bridge on Interstate 30 at Dalrock Road moving in from Rockwall to Dallas made for a tough drive for many. The trucks got stuck there at 8 p.m. last night and still remain there. The good news, for everyone else, is they have re-opened a part of that freeway. At least one lane is getting by.

Just keep in mind, it is slick out there. We are seeing tons of ice patches; it's very hit or miss, but they're still there throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. While you were sleeping, all that slush that was created yesterday refroze last night, and that's what we have this morning.

For Fort Worth drivers at the Mixmaster at I-30 and I-35W, you had a really tough go at it, especially along the ramps. The ramps were shut down for several hours yesterday because, again, there were a lot of trucks getting stuck there. Drivers on the Mixmaster this morning are taking their time on the ramps, driving very slowly. - Alexa Conomos and Troy Bush, WFAA

5:20 a.m. Most districts are once again closed, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Allen, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Frisco, Plano, and Lewisville ISDs. - WFAA

5 a.m. The drive from Lower Greenville Avenue to WFAA studios in Dallas was not too bad, until I got a little confident. There were visible ice patches throughout the drive, but mostly dry surfaces. However, just one block from work, my car's backside began sliding to the right. The warning there is there wasn't a visible patch when it happened. - Marjorie Owens in Dallas, WFAA


10 p.m. Low temperatures in North Texas will approach the all-time record of 7 degrees overnight. It was already 12 degrees at Arbor Creek Middle School in Carrollton at 10 o'clock; other temperatures ranged from 18 in Grand Prairie to 13 in Denton, McKinney and at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth. As skies clear, temperatures will plummet toward the record, which was set in 1985. My forecast low tonight is 8 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Fort Worth; 6 in Denton; 5 in Decatur; 10 in Dallas. With the wind, it will feel between 10 and 15 degrees below zero. And that's just tonight; even colder temperatures are in the forecast for tomorrow night. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

7:29 p.m. Southwest Airlines operated no flights in or out of Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, and announced plans for reduced operations on Thrusday. The airline was using dedicated customer service agents communicating with passengers on Twitter to provide updates. Be sure to contact your airline before any planned flights tonight or tomorrow. WFAA

6:04 p.m. Sundance Square organizers are calling in the City of Fort Worth for help. They are out of ice melt after using three tons of the chemical on Monday night. A backup supply will arrive on Wednesday to help clear the streets,  and workers will spend the downtown so they can get an early start in the morning. Their goal is to have the streets safe by Wednesday and fully cleared by Saturday, the eveof Super Bowl XLV. - WFAA

5:32 p.m. More than 600 departures were canceled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday due to the icy conditions here and at other airports in the Midwest and Northeast. D/FW will be keeping shops and restaurants open until midnight Tuesday to accomdate stranded passengers. Cots, blankets and toiletry kits will be distributed to travelers who have no other place to sleep. Anyone with a scheduled flight from D/FW is advised to contact the airline before heading out to the airport. - WFAA

5:23 p.m. A number of large school districts have already canceled Wednesday classes, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Allen, Denton, Keller, McKinney and Northwest ISDs. The University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas will also remain closed on Wednesday. - WFAA

4:18 p.m. The Texas Department of Transportation is now adding plows to its sanding operations, sending out a second shift of drivers heading out on highways on very short rest. TxDOT is keen to get the residual ice off the roads. "Since the temperatures aren't rising above ... it's keeping the wetness on the road, and if that re-freezes, we'll just be in a continual loop of frozen roadways," said TxDOT spokesman Mark Pettit. The unusually low volume of traffic has reduced accidents, but it's had a negative impact on clearing roads and highways since the friction of tires helps break up the ice. - David Schechter, WFAA

4:00 p.m. Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus says North Texans are in for the coldest string of temperatures we've seen in 22 years, with record lows in the forecast. While some locations are seeing occasional flurries, skies have now cleared over most of the region. The overnight forecast low of 10 degrees would be the lowest since February 4, 1996. It will be even colder in Denton, with a low of 8 degrees, and in McKinney with 9. Factoring in a steady wind of 20-25 mph with even higher gusts, it will feel like it's -12 degrees in Fort Worth, -13 in Denton and -10 in Dallas. - WFAA

3:43 p.m. Twenty truckers have been sitting in their rigs since 9 a.m. on Loop 12 after ice made travel too treacherous to continue. The first sand truck to arrive at the location near the Dallas-Grand Prairie border did not arrive until 1:30 p.m., but the southbound lanes of Loop 12 remain closed until more sand can be spread that to give the big rigs enough traction to resume travel. The northbound lanes of the highway are open. - Josh Stephen, WFAA

3:40 p.m. Cirque de Soleil has canceled Tuesday night's scheduled performance of OVO at a tent adjacent to Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. Ticket-holders will be contacted. Remaining performances of OVO will go on as scheduled, according to a statement from a Cirque de Soleil representative. - WFAA

2:53 p.m.  More than half of all scheduled departures at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been canceled as of 1 p.m. Tuesday. D/FW Airport spokesman David Magana said some of the 500 canceled flights resulted from severe weather conditions at other airports in the Midwest and the Northeast. D/FW shut down to all traffic early Tuesday morning, but flights resumed by 8:30 a.m. Passengers are advised to check with their carrier before heading out to the airport, where some roadways remain icy and treacherous. - WFAA

2:49 p.m. Dallas police said they responded to 26 major accidents and 39 minor accidents between midnight and 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police said many of them were single-vehicle wrecks involving a spinout on icy roads. If that sounds like a low number of accidents considering the weather conditions, police said it's likely that the shutdown of most schools and many businesses was keeping a lot of traffic off roads and highways. - WFAA

2:40 p.m.


The company responsible for a large party tent inside the Cotton Bowl says workers were in the process of dismantling it when it collapsed "a bit sooner than we had expected." No one was hurt. Dallas Tent and Event said it plans to reassemble the structure on Wednesday and that it would be ready in time for two XLV Party events on Friday and Saturday nights. - WFAA

2:19 p.m. DART says its three light rail lines -- Red, Blue and Green -- have now resumed operations after being shut down through the morning and midday due to icing problems on the tracks and overhead power lines. DART says the rail network will operate on a 30-minute schedule for the rest of the day. Earlier, the Trinity Railway Express linking Dallas and Fort Worth got back on track, with a special train planned to depart 20 minutes after the end of the Stars game at American Airlines Center Tuesday night. - WFAA

2:05 p.m. The Southlake City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. due to the road conditions, according to a statement issued by city spokeswoman Pilar Schank. - WFAA

1:48 p.m.  Delta Air Lines Inc. is canceling more than 625 flights for Tuesday as nasty winter weather moves through the Midwest and into the Northeast.

Widespread cancellations are expected from other airlines as well. Chicago airports are reporting 650 cancellations. O'Hare International Airport is a hub for both United and American airlines. - Associated Press

1:30 p.m. Icy conditions continue on the High Five in Dallas at this hour. The northbound lanes of Central Expressway are especially slushy, while the elevated ramps still have patches of black ice as temperatures remain below freezing.

Traffic was especially light through the area this morning, which may have helped prevent any crashes from happening. TxDOT sanders also came through the area several times throughout the morning, helping drivers gain a little traction.

The area is expected to ice again tonight and during tomorrow morning's commute. Dallas street crews will be concentrating their efforts on city bridges and overpasses. They have 60 trucks out sanding and salting as needed. Crews will be working 12 hour shifts as they remain in what they call "Ice Force Two Mode."  - Cynthia Vega in Dallas, WFAA

1:07 p.m. A large party tent on the turf at the Cotton Bowl collapsed Tuesday morning after rain, ice, snow and high wind pounded the Fair Park area. The tent is scheduled to be the site of the XLV Party on Friday and Saturday nights. - Gary Ultee in Dallas, WFAA

12:52 p.m. Tonight we are entering what could be the coldest night in 15 years. With people getting out on the roads and the sun beginning to shine, the roads are slushy, and that will freeze tonight. It is also going to be bitterly cold tomorrow morning. Heavy snow made it up to five to seven inches in some areas of North Texas. - Meteorologist Greg Fields, WFAA

12:05 p.m. It is still freezing out here and the wind is still blowing, but the sun is starting to come out, melting the ice and turning it into a slush. But, the wintry weather hasn't stopped some from enjoying the ESPN coverage at the Sundance Square, with some even playing football. - Colleen Coyle in Fort Worth, WFAA

12:04 p.m. Operations at Dallas Love Field remain shut down, Southwest Airlines reported. Crews are working to clear the runways, and hope to have them ready some time in the afternoon. Southwest has cancelled 70 flights in Dallas and 700 flights across the Midwest. - WFAA

12:03 p.m. There are now two runways open at D/FW Airport after it was entirely shut down due to ice and high winds for about two hours in the morning. The airport has cancelled over 500 take-offs and arrivals.  - Casey Norton in Irving, WFAA

12:02 p.m. While there were no wrecks at the High Five Interchange in Dallas, authorities said drivers should still be cautious and warned that it will remain a hot spot into the evening. One reason the interchange was saved from wrecks appeared to be that many people stayed off the roads, giving vehicles more room if they did slide on the roads. Those going outside on foot should also beware, as the ground is covered in icy, making it easy for to fall. - Cynthia Vega in Dallas, WFAA

NOON: More details have emerged in a wreck involving an emergency vehicle in Arlington. Emergency workers were slipping and falling at the scene of the accident involving an Arlington Fire Department ambulance that collided with another vehicle on Green Oaks Boulevard off Pioneer Parkway. The ambulance was not responding to a call at the time of the accident and no one was hurt. - WFAA

11:29 a.m. A light snow continues to fall in downtown Dallas. - WFAA

11:17 a.m. Six more accidents were reported from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Plano, reported Rick McDonald, a spokesman for the City fo Plano. That number is in addition to the 18 earlier reported incidents. - WFAA

11:15 a.m. With ice on the runways in Dallas and a blizzard expected in Chicago, U.S. airlines are canceling thousands of flights and erasing much of their service in the middle of the country.

Flight tracking service FlightAware has logged almost 6,000 cancellations for the day. More are expected on Wednesday. - Associated Press

11 a.m. Oncor reported more than 20,000 customers lost electricity statewide. Nearly half of the utility's outages were in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where schools canceled classes. - Associated Press

10:33 p.m. The TRE is back on schedule, with a few delays because of ice. Fort Worth City Hall is closed until noon, and there will be no garbage pickup. ESPN remains up and running at Sundance Square. - WFAA

11:17 a.m. Six more accidents were reported from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Plano, reported Rick McDonald, a spokesman for the City fo Plano. Several of those calls were from stranded motorists. - WFAA

10 a.m. Emergency shelters will be opened at two Salvation Army locations, including 207 Elm Street in Lewisville and 3528 E. 14th Street in Plano. Both cities requested the shelters because of the severe cold. The Salvation Army's full-time emergency shelters are at full capacity in Dallas and Fort Worth. Both of those shelters are working to find spots for people. The Denton shelter can accept eight people. - WFAA

9:56 a.m. The precip has ended, but the wind chills are dangerously cold out there, we'll be below zero degrees. Right now, it's 19 degrees in Dallas, 18 in Fort Worth and 16 in Denton. The wind chills are as low as -9 in Wichita Fallas and -2 in Dallas. - WFAA meteorologists Greg Fields and Pete Delkus, WFAA

9:55 a.m. We have seen people come and go at the ESPN broadcast site in Sundance Square. The weather has gone from rain to sleet to snow, and now there is a slick ice covering the ground. The wind chill is a big factor, with people popping in and out of residences and businesses, but quickly moving on. - Collen Coyle in Fort Worth, WFAA

9:54 a.m. The slush that covered the ground has now frozen solid at Custer and Parker in Plano. - Steve Stoler in Plano, WFAA

9:44 a.m. Several emergency vehicles have lost control and are involved ina crash with several other vehicles on northbound Green Oaks Boulevard off Pioneer Parkway in Arlington. It is unclear on how the accident occurred, but it looks like two private medic vans were involved. There was no word of injuries. - Gary Ultee in Arlington, WFAA

9:26 a.m. A Plano spokesman says accidents in the area have been picking up, with seven incidents reported from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., including a vehicle slamming into a light pole at Parker and Preston Meadow and several stranded drivers. The spokesman said there were reports of injuries in an accident at Central Expressway and George Bush Tollway. A vehicle hit a wall under the 190 bridge. - WFAA

9:25 a.m. Things have winded down in North Texas, but the ice and low temperatures remain. While there are still flurries across the area, the steady accumulating snow has come to an end. It is 17 degrees in Fort Worth, 19 in Dallas and 16 in Denton. Figuring in the wind chills, it's feels like -9 degrees in Wichita Falls and -2 in Fort Worth and -1 in Dallas. Heading in to tomorrow, the low will be 9 degrees, with a high of 22. It won't likely go above freezing until late in the day Friday, which could mean we'll see flurries. - WFAA meteorologists Greg Fields and Pete Delkus, WFAA

8:49 a.m. The wind is really fierce near the High Five Interchange in Dallas. At least an inch of ice covers a Central Expressway overpass. The temperatures are an icy 23 degrees here in Dallas. It has been a light traffic day. We have seen a number of sanders hit the interchange. - Cynthia Vega in Dallas, WFAA

8:44 a.m. Eighteen-wheelers can be seen having difficulty on Interstate 20 at Park Springs in Arlington. As drivers put on the breaks, they start to slide. One car can be seen crashed into a guardrail. Several vehicles are also pulled on the side of the roads, unable to continue. - Gary Ultee in Arlington, WFAA

8:41 a.m. Plano has reported five weather-related accidents. A spokesman for the city said roads are passable, but advised drivers to drive slow and cautious. Presently, sanders are working at Preston/Springcreek and Plano Parkway west of Central Expressway. - WFAA

8:22 a.m. The Green Bay Packers arrive safely at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Pittsburgh Steelers are still at their Omni Hotel in Fort Worth. They will be at the stadium from noon to 1 p.m. - WFAA

8:20 a.m. The Green Bay Packers are making their way in four buses from their Irving hotel to Cowboys Stadium for media day. Instant Live 8 was able to shoot from a van with the sanders, which are leading the Packers to the stadium. The conditions are real bad, and we've seen people pulling off the roads on 151. - Wyatt Goolsby, WFAA

8:19 a.m. A DART bus jumped a curb and became stuck after losing control at the corner of S. Westmoreland and Watership Lane in Dallas. - Thomas Loveless in Dallas, WFAA

8:17 a.m. D/FW Airport has re-opened, opening one runway and accepting flights after closing for nearly two hours. - WFAA

7:55 a.m. Oncor has increased its vegetation management and tree pruning crews, which was the plan before the weather came through. As of 4 a.m., there were 1,100 outages throughout the D-FW area. We want to remind customers, if they do experience an outage, they need to report it to us by calling 888-313-4747. - Ashley Burton, Oncor

7:54 a.m. Drivers should be cautious or avoid the Fort Worth Mixmaster. There have been a lot of road, highway and bridge closures. Trucks have become stuck on the Mixmaster, and it is a similar situation at the Dallas High Five. There are ice patches reported throughout North Texas. Bridges over Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Hubbard are passable. But, DART Rail line is not operating. The TRE is running at least an hour behind. - Alexa Conomos, WFAA

7:50 a.m. Rain, sleet, snow and bitter winds made for a blinding drive in the dawn hours in Wise County. Snow eased by daybreak, but winds have created three-foot drifts in places. Sanding crews are furiously attacking Highway 287, which remains open but slow and treacherous. Traffic is extremely light, and there is lots of ice. - Jim Douglas in Decatur, WFAA

7:49 a.m. The TRE is operating four trains, which is two less than usual, DART reported. DART Rail service remains suspended, but buses are running. Buses and TRE trains are running on a delay. - WFAA

7:29 a.m. The snow has begun tapering off in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. However, the ice will continue to be a problem as we continue into the morning. There will still be some light snow and flurries, especially in the eastern areas. Currently, it is 21 degrees in Dallas, 21 at D/FW, 18 in Denton and 19 in Fort Worth. - WFAA meteorologist Greg Fields

7:17 a.m. With the whole airport suspending service, a D/FW Airport spokesman says flyover bridges from International Parkway are also closed. There have been about 300 departure cancellations reported out of 850 scheduled departures. Those cancellations were actually caused by severe weather in the Midwest and Northeast, a statement from the airport read. - WFAA

7:10 a.m. Cars are getting stuck and slipping on icy roads near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. - Michael Richard, WFAA

7:04 a.m. The overnight rain turned into heavy sleet at 4:30 a.m. The roads in Plano and Collin counties are covered with ice. It is very slippery and treacherous. The winds have really kicked up. - Steve Stoler in Plano, WFAA

6:39 a.m. The good news about this system is it's moving pretty quickly. So, we could see this pass through in a couple of hours. The back edge has already approached Tarrant County. A heavy band of snow continues to fall through Celina and Prosper and moving into the Lewisville and Carrollton area. As we head into 8 and 9 a.m., the snow should taper off into flurries. - WFAA meteorologists Greg Fields and Pete Delkus, WFAA

6:36 a.m. News 8 has confirmed D/FW has suspended all flights. - WFAA

6:33 a.m. American Airlines has reported that they have suspended service at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. A spokesman cited high winds as the reason for the closure. - WFAA

6:13 a.m. DART is suspending rail service. DART has reported that crews are working to restore the service, but say precipitation and high winds are making that difficult. DART also reported delays on the Trinity Railway Express. - WFAA

6:03 a.m. There are currently a lot of problems on the roads, most commonly we are seeing vehicles spinning out. If you don't have to venture outside today, try not to get on the road. If you do have to head out, give yourself a lot of time. You should also bring some blankets, water and even some extra gasoline in case of an emergency.

There have been a couple of closures, including in downtown Fort Worth on southbound 45W at the ramp for eastbound I-30 as well as at the 35W-I-35 split, where the northbound side is shut down. - Alexa Conomos, WFAA

5:48 a.m. Garland ISD has announced it is closed. - WFAA

5:37 a.m. Driving on the roads in Irving, many of them are iced over. I am driving with the city crew who is working to sand roads. There are currently about eight sand trucks out, and they are sanding all the bridges in Irving. There is a sand crew specifically assigned for the NFC team, so they can get out and do what they need to do. - Wyatt Goolsby in Irving, WFAA

5:36 a.m. Allen ISD has announced it is closed. - WFAA

5:29 a.m. Ice is so deep on the roads heading south on the Dallas North Tollway just after Highway 121 that you can't differentiate the lanes, making it difficult to drive. - Doug Boehner in Frisco, WFAA

5:25 a.m. The roads are starting to get really dangerous here in Decatur. We left to get to Decatur a little after 3 a.m., and we first ran into rain and then sleet. Now, the road has just disappeared underneath the falling snow, and visibility on the roads is very low. Some tanker trucks have been seen sliding on Highway 287. - Jim Douglas in Decatur, WFAA

5:19 a.m. Frisco and Plano ISD and Texas Christian University have also announced they will be closed for the day. - WFAA

5:14 a.m. The roads at Preston Road and West Eldorado Parkway in Frisco half are covered with what appears to be at least a half inch of ice. - Doug Boehner in Frisco, WFAA

5:08 a.m. There have been a few brave souls that have made it out to Sundance Square in Fort Worth for the ESPN live broadcasting. We're on 4th Street in Sundance Square and there is already a large accumulation of snow on the ground. - Colleen Coyle in Fort Worth, WFAA

5:02 a.m. Things are getting worse out there, and there are another four to five hours before things start winding down, with snow flurries and snow showers occurring across North Texas. Rain transitioned into sleet just after 4 a.m. in the Dallas area. The roads in Dallas and Tarrant counties are getting very icy right now. There is still rain in our eastern counties, but that too will soon turn to sleet and snow. In areas to the west, such as Decatur and Gainesville, areas have already seen three to four inches of snow. 

Temperatures continue to fall, with 21 degrees in Fort Worth, 29 in Dallas and 20 in Denton. Sustained winds are at 26 in Fort Worth, 24 in Dallas and 29 in Denton. A wind advisory has been issued for areas across Dallas-Fort Worth.

We've had thunder-sleet and thunder-snow happening. It's a very intense system that is moving through the area. At about 6 a.m., the sleet and freezing rain will move off to the eastern areas such as Corsicana and Terrell. And by 9 a.m., snow should be falling across a large chunk of North Texas. Things will begin winding down around noon. - WFAA meteorologists Greg Fields and Pete Delkus, WFAA

4:47 a.m. Traffic problems have already begun across the metroplex, with cars spinning out due to slick conditions. In Denton County on I-35 at Highway 377, ice on the road is causing problems. An accident on the westbound lane of 635 just approaching Preston Road is also causing problems.  - Alexa Conomos, WFAA

4:39: a.m. The Dallas, Fort Worth and Lewisville Independent School District have joined other districts across North Texas and will be closed for the day. Other districts that have announced closings include Weatherford, Denton, Keller, Midlothian and the Sanger ISDs. The University of North Texas will also be closed today. - WFAA

4:20 a.m. I just drove from Lower Greenville into downtown Dallas and to the WFAA studios off Young Street. Getting into the car, the weather seemed fine, with just a light sprinkle. Getting out of the car, small hail fell hard from the sky. The wind accelerated the pouring hail, already creating a layer of ice from the hail hitting the ground. - Marjorie Owens in Dallas,