The sun made its first appearance in days Tuesday morning in North Texas. Troublesome spots still exist, but the area is headed towards warmer temperatures as the week progesses.
12p Abundant sunshine will continue for the rest of the day as we top out in the mid to upper 30s. Temps fall into the 20s again tonight, but rebound into the 40s on Wednesday. We are still expecting some rain showers on Friday. And, although they will be light and will do nothing to raise lake levels, at least they will not be bringing any ice. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley
9:58a UNT in Denton is closed. - WFAA
MONDAY DECEMBER 8
10:01 It's going to be a few days before we fully thaw out. Most reporting stations are hovering around the freezing mark at this hour; lows overnight will be in the low to mid-20s, warming up to 38 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
9:59p Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport says operations will finally be back to normal on Tuesday. Four runways are fully operational and 60 percent of scheduled flights were able to take off on Monday. Dallas Love Field says it is fully operational. - WFAA
9:55p Fort Worth residents with Friday garbage collections will be allowed to place extra garbage bags outside the cart on Saturday, December 14. - Fort Worth PD
9:11p Oncor now says around 3,100 customers remain without power, down from a peak of a quarter-million in the hours after the ice storm struck last Friday. Most of the remaining outages, 2,446, are in Dallas County. - Oncor
8:46p DART says all light rail lines are now operational, with the sole exception of the Blue Line between LBJ/Skillman Station and Rowlett. The transit agency will provide bus shuttles for passengers on that nine-mile section of the line. DART said it will likely be Tuesday afternoon before full rail service is restored. Buses are operating normally, limited by local road conditions, and the Trinity Railway Express is on its regular schedule. - DART
6:42p Azle ISD and the Denton campus of Texas Woman's University have joined the growing list of schools that will be closed on Tuesday. A number of other districts have set late opening times. Check the list below for complete details.
5:34p All locations of the Dallas County Community College District resume a regular schedule Tuesday, director of media relations Ann Hatch said.
5:20p DFW International Airport spokesperson Leslie Ensign has released an update on operations Monday and expectations Tuesday:
"Monday five of seven runways were in full operation, and a sixth was opened. Airlines scheduled over 500 departures from DFW Airport, about 60 percent of their regular schedules.
Routine flight schedules are expected for Tuesday, December 10, with approximately 750 departures anticipated from DFW Airport. A few cancellations have been announced for tomorrow by various airlines. DFW will be monitoring the weather system impacting the northeast, but so far there are no flight impacts.
DFW Airport runways, taxiways and roadways are clear and in good shape. All DFW operations are running normally, including the Skylink people mover system, shuttle buses and all ground transportation systems including taxis and shared rides."
5:16p Fort Worth ISD and McKinney ISD plan to operate on a two-hour delays Tuesday.
4:59p Alvord, Celina, Decatur, Denton, Gainesville, Granbury, Sherman and Weatherford school districts among those now closed for Tuesday classes.
4:22p Dallas ISD says it expects all schools to be open at the regular times for Tuesday classes. Weatherford and Celina districts say they will remain closed on Tuesday.
4:19p Oncor reports 7,187 customers remain without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; most of the outages are in Dallas County. - Oncor
4:06p We drove all over Tarrant County today. The main freeways were in generally good condition; bridges and overpasses were an entirely different story. We observed traffic jams all over as workers attempted to clear thick, pockmarked, "cobblestone" ice from bridges and overpasses. Texas Department of Transportation officials said road crews treated more than 3,000 bridges in the Tarrant County area alone, some multiple times. Work will continue to tackle what was a slushy mess on Monday afternoon before it freezes over. MedStar said it has responded to more than 100 weather-related accidents, but many other wrecks have gone unreported. - Janet St. James reporting from Fort Worth
4:03p There are still many highway bridges and overpasses with accumulated ice, including Interstate 20 at Westcreek Drive in southwest Fort Worth and I-20 at Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington. Loop 12 through Irving and Dallas is another trouble spot. - Marlene Hilton, WFAA Traffic
4:01p We've been above freezing now for the last six hours at most reporting stations in North Texas. We had a bit of sunshine, but that didn't last long. We'll be back down to 23 degrees by 6 a.m. Tuesday, but by noon temperatures should again rise above freezing until around 8 p.m. We're expecting lots of sunshine on Tuesday, which will help melt accumulated ice. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
1:04p TxDOT's Ice Task Force brought heavy equipment to break up ice near Interstate-20 and McCart Avenue in Fort Worth.
It followed a frustrating morning for drivers who got stuck on bumpy ice that collected on the highway or caught in the resulting traffic jams.
The conditions were so bad that truck drive Fred Bruce parked his 18-wheeler and waited.
"There's no use in me being in this stuff. So I just stopped," Bruce said. "Look at it and monitor it. Then when it starts to open up, I'll get gone."
Monday morning, the drive along I-20 was slow as drivers encountered thick patches of ice. The ice covered the roadway in both directions. News 8 saw several motorists getting out of their cars to help other drivers free their vehicles from the ice.
"It's been rough on us. It really has been," Bruce said.
Just before 11 a.m., crews arrived with heavy equipment and began removing the ice that caused so much trouble.
TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez said following that work, crews will return to see what, if any, damage was done to the roadways.
"What our crews are doing is scrapping the ice to about a half-inch, and then following up with chat [a mixture of salt and sand]," wrote TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez in an e-mail to News 8.
Early in the day, TxDOT urged motorists to delay their travel to allow time for road conditions to improve.
According to the City of Fort Worth, crews spread more than 2,000 tons of sand on area roadways. - News 8's Marcus Moore
12:23p Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham decided to close county offices at noon because of a dangerous ice situation at the justice center and Annex I. Ice has been sliding off the roof at the justice center, and the Annex I roof is bowed from weight of the ice, he said. Persons walking under buildings throughout the county should be aware of the possibility of heavy ice falling, the judge said. - Hood County
12p Driving to Waco for Euless Trinity and DeSoto game. Highways clear since leaving Dallas. Driving the speed limit. - News 8's George Riba
11a Despite heavy ice covering the field, Apogee Staium in Denton will hot two area regional final football games later today. The stadium and the parking lot were covered in ice this morning Tractors are now on the field removing ice. The first game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. - News 8's Brian Glenn
9:43a A truck is stalled at the top of a bridge at Highway 121 and North Beach causing a traffic mess. - News 8's Janet St. James
9:12a Commuters using north and southbound Interstate 35E are discouraged from using the HOV lanes between Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch and the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville. Sanding efforts are focused on the main lanes and other challenging areas along the corridor. Crews will concentrate on clearing the HOV lanes once rush hour traffic has ended.
Currently, all main lanes along I-35E between US 380 in Denton County and Valley View Lane in Dallas County are open and available for travel. Motorists are asked to take precautions as they drive over bridges and other elevated intersections and encouraged to leave later this morning if possible. - 35Express
7:40a Cobblestone ice on Interstate 20 has made the morning commute on Interstate 20 difficult for drivers. Video taken this morning shows drivers trying to maintain control of their vehicles.
7:35a Highway 407 heading east out of Justin closed off with barricades. - Alexa Conomos
7:34a An accident is blocking the right lane on eastbound LBJ Freeway just past Marsh Lane in Dallas. - News 8's Alexa Conomos
7:30a Our Freezing Fog Advisory has been scaled back and no longer includes the D-FW area. It's still in effect for areas west of Fort Worth through 10 a.m. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
7:11a Although work to restore service to the full DART light rail system is ongoing, we will not be able to operate the full system Monday morning. We were making good progress, but the ice fog that started coming in Sunday night caused the overhead power lines to re-freeze.
We will attempt continue expanding the coverage area, but this is what we plan to have available at the start of our regular morning service. This will be a mix of bus and light rail.
DART Rail will operate on a regular schedule as follows:
• Red Line: Westmoreland to LBJ/Central
• Blue Line: Ledbetter to LBJ/Skillman
• Orange Line: Bachman to LBJ/Central
• Green Line: Buckner to Bachman
Bus shuttles will serve the other stations not reached by DART Rail. - DART
7:06a Several cars stopped on ice at I-20 near McCart Avenue in Fort Worth. - News 8's Marcus Moore
7:01a Stephenville ISD schools will be closed today. - WFAA
7a Approximately 500 departures remained scheduled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport today beginning at 5:20 a.m. D/FW has four runways fully operational with full capacity to meet airline demands aligned with their flight schedules. Airlines have announced just about 350 cancellations for today. Although airline schedules were greatly reduced since the winter storm struck on Thursday and over the weekend, D/FW remained open and operational to support whatever airline flights were scheduled. The number of passengers who spent the night at D/FW decreased to about 650. - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
6:32a A Grayson County judge declared a local disaster yesterday due to unbudgeted costs of response and anticipated costs to repair streets and infrastructure. - Grayson County
6:28a A disabled vehicle is blocking the center lane on eastbound Highway 114 past Highway 170/Alliance Gateway Freeway. - News 8's Alexa Conomos
6:23a All NTTA roads are open and passable. There are no roadway/ramp closures to report at this time. Traffic is very light and is moving smoothly, but cautiously. - NTTA
6:18a Dallas Love Field has warned passengers to be cautious as they drive to the airport this morning. "Watch out for black ice, cobblestone ice and sheets of ice coming off buildings." - WFAA
6:16a The 33rd Congressional District Job Fair in Fort Worth has been postponed for a later date to be announced soon. - Congressman Marc Veasey
6:04a Mesquite ISD has one closure today. Kimball Elementary School will be closed for students and staff due to a power outage that was caused by a truck that crashed into a transformer. - Mesquite ISD
6:01a A jackknifed 18-wheeler has shut down northbound I-35E near Fort Worth Drive in Denton. No injuries reported. - WFAA
5:57a Due to existing hazardous roadway conditions, all non-essential City of Grapevine facilities — City Hall, Library, Community Activities Center, Senior Activities Center — have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. - City of Grapevine
5:52a Major backup at westbound I-30 and Loop 12 in Dallas. - WFAA
5a Temperatures are within a couple degrees of freezing around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Visibility is also below a mile in some spots, so we are still concerned about freezing fog. A Freezing Fog Advisory continues until 10 a.m. As the moisture within the fog lands on virtually any object such as roads and vehicles, it may leave a thin layer of new ice behind. After this morning, a repeating cycle of thawing and freezing will continue each afternoon and each night through the end of this week. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
4:45a Now getting reports by officers of cobblestone ice on I-35 both directions at West Belt Line Road causing cars to spin out or hit wall. - Carrollton Police
4:35a Most of North Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, remains under a Freezing Fog Advisory until 10 a.m. Freezing fog? It's a relatively rare phenomenon that occurs when fog develops when temperatures are below freezing. It can be quite dangerous because the fog deposits a thin layer of ice on virtually any object it makes contact with such as roads, vehicles, mailboxes ... you name it. So, watch out for the freezing fog this morning. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
4:33a The Orange Line from Bachman to LBJ/Central is served by Green and Red Line trains as usual. You will not see Orange Line headers this morning. - DART
4:04a The City of Fort Worth has worked over 200 accidents this weekend. - WFAA
3:50a Expect delays going eastbound on Interstate 20 at Highway 360 in Grand Prairie as a trailer has overturned. Down to just one lane at this point. The driver is OK. - WFAA
1:20a All Collin County offices will delay opening until noon except:
- District Courts
- County Courts
The above courts will be closed all day and will resume normal business on Tuesday. Likewise, all jurors and those called for jury service are not required to show up on Monday. - Collin County
1:19a We're continuing to work on restoring the full DART Rail System, but the ice fog that's come into the area Sunday evening is forcing us to make changes to our plans for Monday. Here's a summary of our plans:
We are operating trains through the night in an attempt to keep ice off the overhead power lines. Monday morning's service will be a combination of light rail and bus. More information is being posted on DART.org and being distributed through our social media channels. - DART
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8
10:31p Because of poor weather conditions, WFAA has been forced to cancel Monday's second scheduled Santa's Helpers drive-thru toy collection in Frisco. We will instead host a phone bank from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to raise money to buy holiday toys for more than 50,000 children in North Texas. We'll broadcast the call-in number on our newscasts, or you can click here to make an easy online cash donation via the Communities Foundation of Texas. Still want to contribute a new, unwrapped toy? Just visit one of our convenient drop-off partners: Chick-fil-A, Don Davis Auto Group, Milestone Electric & Air and Tom Thumb locations.- Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
10:28p "The freezing fog is already in the air. Please drive carefully and take your time. No need to rush in this weather." - Arlington PD
10:02a Temperatures in North Texas at this hour are hovering right around the freezing mark. Overnight ows will be in the mid to upper-20s through the region. Fog has already started to form and it will be creating an additional thin but dangerous layer of ice by Monday morning. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
8:36p "OK, seriously, as of right now, best bet is to stay off I-20 and I-30 both east and westbound anywhere near Fort Worth." - Fort Worth police
8:35p The intersection of Interstates 20 and 30 west of Fort Worth remains a mess; there are brake lights everywhere. - Todd Unger
6:29p DART continues to operate test trains on its light rail network in an effort to resume operations that have been suspended since Friday. "Our goal is to be in operation Monday, and we're doing everything we can to achieve it," the transit agency said in a statement issued Sunday evening. "However, it's also possible that we may not have the full rail system open Monday." Buses have been used to shuttle passengers between rail stations during the disruption, which was caused by ice on overhead electric cables and disrupting switch mechanisms. - DART
6:20p The National Weather Service has issued another Freezing Fog Advisory for most of North Texas, now through 10 a.m. Monday. As visibility drops below two miles, the fog can create icing on roads and sidewalks that had been cleared, and can add to existing ice on other surfaces. "Travel is expected to become dangerous again tonight," the weather service said in a statement. - National Weather Service
4:32p The Denton County Transportation Authority says the A-train, Connect bus and Access paratransit services will all be operating on Monday, but adds that passengers should expect some delays. There will be no UNT or NCTC Shuttle service, however. - DCTA
3:44p The University of North Texas at Denton will be closed on Monday.
2:35p The City of Wylie Emergency Operations Center will close at 5 p.m. today. Please call the EOC Hotline, 972-442-7970 by 5 p.m. to report downed trees blocking public roadways and alleys, roadways in need of sanding, power outage issues and other potential hazards or concerns. After 5 p.m., in the event of an emergency call 911, or you may reach police dispatch at 972-442-8171 for non-emergency issues. - City of Wylie
2:33p Amanda Christian in Plano shot raw video of large sheets of ice plummeting to the ground from the top of an apartment complex in the Shops at Legacy. Cities have warned residents across North Texas to be cautious near tall buildings as temperatures warm, sending ice falling to the ground. - WFAA
1:37p Dallas-Fort Worth has climbed to 32 degrees One more degree and we'll rise above freezing for the first time since 2 p.m. Thursday. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
1:36p The City of Dallas has discontinued its "Ice Force Level 1" sanding operations as temperatures climb above freezing. "Because of a potential thaw/re-freeze occurrence, Street services will continue to monitor the roads for ice and debris hazards throughout the rest of the day and overnight," a city spokesman said in a written statement. The city also said it has cleared most reports of trees and limbs that fell as a result of the ice storm. In addition, Dallas said it will maintain a shelter on Sunday night to accommodate residents who are waiting for power to be restored. - City of Dallas
1:35p We're preparing for the start of passenger service by testing our tracks, power systems and vehicles. We have to operate trains throughout the system to make sure everything is working correctly and safely. These are test trains. No customers are allowed.
The testing, as well as our ability to restore service, depends on the weather. Bottom line, we need some ice to melt from the tracks and overhead power lines. We have treated and retreated switches and the parts of the system where ice melt will work. We will continue monitoring the weather and begin our testing as soon as possible and continue it for as long as possible to get ready for the start of passenger service. Our goal is to be in operation Monday, and we're doing everything we can to achieve it. However, it's also possible that we may not have the full rail system open Monday.
We are still operating buses along the rail corridors to get you where you need to go. DART buses are on a Sunday schedule and there is no TRE service. - DART
1:06p The official 1 p.m. temperature at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve base reached 34 degrees; it's 40 at Sherman-Denison, 34 in Terrell and 36 in Granbury. Most of North Texas is expected to warm above freezing Sunday afternoon, and with some sunshine that will accelerate thawing. But that will last for only a few hours before temperatures dip below freezing again overnight, with the possibility of a layer of fresh ice on area streets and highways. - National Weather Service
1:03p All North Texas Tollway Authority roads are open, but slick spots are reported at three locations along Bush Turnpike: Between Campbell and Preston roads; At Old Denton Road and Interstate 35E; and between State Highway 183 and Lower Tarrant Road. - NTTA
12:43p On Interstate 20 west of Weatherford, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth, crews were working to clear off tractor-trailers that parked on the interstate as conditions deteriorated. The area was virtually impassable, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Peters. "TxDOT crews will be working hard over the next 24 hours to clear roadways. This is Day 4 of a 24/7 operation to keep roads passable," Peters said Sunday. He said TxDOT will work with the Texas Department of Public Safety to get the truckers into shelters. He added that they were also getting reports that gas stations in that area were running out of fuel, and that TxDOt was sending fuel trucks to the area to help motorists who have run out of gas. "It's been a constant effort to keep interstate 20 open and traffic moving," Peters said. - Associated Press
12:36p If you see a DART train, don't try to get on board. The transit agency is testing tracks and overhead power lines in an effort to restore light rail service. "Our goal is to be in operation Monday, and we're doing everything we can to achieve it. However, it's also possible that we not have the full rail system open Monday," DART said in a statement. Rail stations are currently being serviced by buses. - DART
12:33p The Texas Department of Transportation says its crews are making progress clearing ice from bridges and overpasses using road graders. Motorists are urged to stay off the freeways while the work is underway. - WFAA
10:30a As low clouds and areas of freezing fog lift out of North Texas around midday on Sunday, temperatures will slowly rise above freezing starting as early as 1 p.m. Southwesterly winds will increase to around 10 mph and skies will turn partly sunny. This should be enough to push temperatures to around 36 degrees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Temperatures will stay above freezing for 4-6 hours before dropping below freezing again before midnight. This will cause puddles and slush to refreeze before the start of the Monday morning commute. The bottom line is many roads will remain icy and dangerous for Monday, despite the melting that will occur Sunday afternoon. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
9:27a A DFW Airport spokesman said they were ready for snow, with some of the most sophisticated equipment available for removal. But thick ice is a different story. While several runways have been opened, it will take rising temperatures to thaw accumulated ice so that it can be cleared. - Sebastian Robertson at DFW Airport
8:38a Highway officials discourage travel on Sunday, especially on Interstate 35W north of Fort Worth and on I-20. Some freeways in Tarrant County are are being shut down temporarily to give road crews more room to work safely. The Texas Department of Transportation is using graders with special blades to help break up the "cobblestone ice" on area freeways. - WFAA
8:35a The National Weather Service has extended a Freezing Fog Advisory until noon for much of North Texas. Freezing fog reduces visibility and can deposit an additional thin layer of ice on road surfaces. - National Weather Service
7a We just received an update from officials at DFW International Airport. About 400 flights have been cancelled so far for Sunday. There are now three runways open at the airport. An estimated 2,000 people slept in the terminals overnight. - WFAA
6a The Red Cross has eight shelters now open in north Texas. Click here for the complete list. - WFAA
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7
10:26p Freezing fog and drizzle will continue to impact North Texas through early Sunday morning. Travel is strongly discouraged as roads become covered with a thin, fresh layer of ice. Even areas that didn't see ice on Thursday or Friday could see ice settle on previously dry roads. For everyone else...it's ice on ice! - News8 Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
10:04p Oncor says 75,000 customers remained without power late Saturday night, down from 105,000 earlier in the evening. It's anticipated that electric service will be restored to all customers by late Sunday night. - WFAA
9:39p A State of Texas Task Force will begin using heavy equipment Sunday morning in an attempt to break up "cobblestone ice" that has formed on Tarrant County highways, primarily on bridges and overpasses. The Texas Department of Public Safety says it will attempt to reduce all 18-wheeler traffic on major arteries between now and 6 a.m. Monday. Trucks that are moving will be allowed to continue; trucks that are stopped on the roadway or shoulder will be encouraged to move to make room for ice-clearing equipment. "There may be temporary highway closures at specific locations affected by cobblestone ice," according to a statement released Saturday night by Fort Worth police. The Task Force is urging all motorists to steer clear of Tarrant County freeways so this work can be accomplished efficiently. The operation is set to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday. An initial police statement that all freeways would be closed has been rescinded. - Fort Worth PD
9:32p Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport says 200 Sunday departures have already been canceled. Two runways remain open and deicing operations continue. Check with your airline before traveling! - DFW Airport
9:05p The Texas Department of Transportation has issued an alert for all drivers "to stay off icy roads so maintenance crews and law enforcement can work efficiently." TxDOT says drivers on Interstate 35/35E in Denton County continue to experience issues with solid ice on road surfaces; I-35E in northern Dallas County also has icing issues, and state road crews are working to treat these locations with sand and salt. Solid ice is also reported on I-20 in Parker and Palo Pinto counties, and motorists also face problems on I-35W north of US 287. - TxDOT
8:58p A "warming center" has been established in Grayson County at the Whitesboro Community Center at 400 North Wilson Street off US 82. - Grayson County OEM
8:54p The Texas Department of Public Safety, Fort Worth police and other local agencies are currently monitoring all vehicular traffic from the Joint Emergency Operations Center in Fort Worth. - Fort Worth PD
8:30p We have new information about plans to clear "cobblestone ice" from bridges and overpasses in Fort Worth. Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Lonny Haschel says only trucks that are blocking traffic (on hills or shoulders) will be asked to move to a safer place. A task force is bringing in heavy equipment to break up the most stubborn icy spots, and that work is expected to begin some time tonight. DPS will help the Texas Department of Transportation move their equipment to the most-needed spots. - Marcus Moore reporting from Fort Worth
7:47p Fort Worth police say all freeways in the city will be shut down at 6 a.m. Sunday to enable a task force to clear ice from the roads. - Fort Worth PD
7:45p Fort Worth police say eastbound traffic on Interstate 20 into Fort Worth "will be shut down immediately." - Fort Worth PD
7:41p Fort Worth police say they are working with state agencies to address the problem of "cobblestone ice" on area freeways. Police say a "state task force" will begin using heavy duty equipment at 6 a.m. Sunday to tackle the issue. - Fort Worth PD
7:17p The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Fog Advisory until 9 a.m. Sunday. Visibility will drop to between 1 and 3 miles. This may deposit a light layer of additional ice on roads and bridges. "If driving, slow down, use your low-beam headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you," the weather service advised. "Be alert for icy spots." - National Weather Service
7:14p Texas Woman's University says its campuses in Denton and Dallas will be closed Sunday and Monday due to the weather.
6:01p We have now been below freezing for 51 hours in Dallas-Fort Worth, and we have another 19 hours to go before we briefly climb above 32 degrees on Sunday afternoon.You may see a few snow flurries or ice pellets on Saturday evening, but there will be no significant accumulation. Road will remain icy and dangerous overnight. We are concerned about the possibility of freezing fog overnight; that would put an additional thin coating of ice on some road surfaces. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
5:26p City of Dallas residents who need shelter or assistance as a result of the ice storm should call 311; residents of other cities in Dallas County can call 211 for help.
5:24p Carrollton police report an accident involving as many as four vehicles in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35E near Frankford Road. "Please stay off IH35 if possible. Conditions bad," the police department tweeted. - Carrollton PD
5:20p All North Texas Tollway Authority roads are open. There are no roadway/ramp closures to report at this time. Traffic is moving smoothly, but cautiously, and the bridges and overpasses are still being treated for icy conditions. Traffic has been very slight with no backups. - NTTA
5:08p The official high temperature at DFW was 26 degrees today. That is not only the coldest high temperature ever recorded on December 7, it also makes today the coldest December day in Dallas/Fort Worth in 23 years. Temperatures will rise above freezing for a few hours on Sunday and some sun will appear as well. But we will drop back below freezing after sunset Sunday, causing everything to refreeze. Please be extremely careful if you must travel. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
4:43p The American Red Cross has opened a cold weather shelter in Sulphur Springs at the Church of the Nazarene, 1300 South League Street. - Red Cross
4:31p People forced off icy Interstate 35 in North Texas have been directed to several shelters set up quickly in the town of Sanger, about 40 miles north of Dallas. Karen Perry, one of the Sanger Church of Christ members caring for marooned travelers, says around 100 people spent Friday night and they were expecting some to be with them for at least another night. - Associated Press
4:19p The National Weather Service says motorists are "strongly discouraged from driving" through at least Monday morning. "Very cold weather will prevail through Tuesday ... any partial thawing that may have occurred due to traffic today will refreeze this evening." The weather service urges motorists who must venture out to pack a storm survival kit, including blankets, a flashlight, food and water, a shovel, and kitty litter or sand. - National Weather Service
4:11p The T says bus service will be halted Saturday evening due to icy roads; the last outbound trips will occur at 5 o'clock. "Buses are getting stuck on nearly impassable roads, and this will only grow worse after dark," the transit agency says, adding that bus riders should continue to expect delays. Trinity Railway Express commuter service between Fort Worth and Dallas continues to operate on schedule, although the line does not provide service on Sundays. - The T
3:17p DART says it continues working to restore light rail service, which has been suspended since Friday morning. "We hope to be able to restore some level of light rail service Monday," the transit agency said in a statement. "There's simply lots to do to get the tracks, overhead power lines and rail cars ready." Buses will continue to serve DART rail stations until trains are rolling again.
3:05p Transportation officials say a major truck pile-up on Interstate 10 in West Texas is causing long delays and forcing officials to divert some traffic toward New Mexico. The Texas Department of Transportation said the pile-up Saturday was due to icy weather conditions on Interstate 10 at mile marker 190 westbound. The site of the accident is about 160 miles east of El Paso and close to the Interstate 20 interchange. At least one person died in the wreck. - Associated Press
2:56p About 200 people went to shelters in the Sanger area after getting stuck on I-35. TxDOT spokeswoman Michelle Releford said that road graders and more sand and salt trucks are being sent to try to get rid of the ice.
"We're sending in everything we've got," said Releford, who added that in some spots the ice was so hard and mashed down that it was hard for the mixture to work. "We are definitely urging the public not to travel in the area," she said. Gonzalez said the road was "rough and rutted up."
"It's so thick they've used road graders and everything out there and they can barely bust it up," he said. - Associated Press
2p DART continues to work on restoring rail service, but doesn't have an estimation on when it will be operational. - DART
1:40p Due to earlier an accident, City of Carrollton Police have temporarily closed the southbound main lanes of I-35E between Sandy Lake and Belt Line Road. Southbound I-35E traffic is being diverted to the frontage road at the Sandy Lake Road exit. The closure is expected to last at least an hour. Sanding crews continue to treat the roadway. - 35Express
1:38p All weekend services at all Gateway Church campuses have been canceled. - Gateway Church
1:23p All North Texas Tollway Authority roads are open. There are no roadway/ramp closures to report at this time. Traffic is moving smoothly, but cautiously, and the bridges and overpasses are still being treated for icy conditions. Traffic is very light at this time. Since 6 a.m., the Command Center has responded to seven minor accidents. Roadway Customer Service also has assisted several stranded motorists who spun out of control and safely got them on their way again. - NTTA
1:15p While little or no accumulation is expected, light precipitation in the form of sleet and snow is falling across North Texas this afternoon. Temperatures across the region range from the low to mid-20s in most locations. - National Weather Service
1:06p Grand Prairie police report that an 18-wheeler has jackknifed into an armored vehicle in the northbound lanes of Highway 360 at North Carrier Parkway. A photo provided by the department shows the armored car wedged against a median barrier on the highway. - Grand Prairie police
11:39a Due to icy conditions, several events in Grapevine have been canceled for today and include: The Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®, the Grapevine Visitors Shuttle, Victorian Christmas at Nash Farm, Grapevine Opry, Christmas on Main activities, Settlement to City Museum activities, International Christmas Market, Photos with Santa at the North Pole Express General Store, the Twinkile Light Boar Parade on Lake Grapevine, British Emporium’s open house, Le Theatre de Marionette’s “North Pole Texas” and the Grapevine Historical Museum. Updates for events on Sunday, December 8 will be provided as information is available. - City of Grapevine
10:30a Airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have canceled 400 departures, which is about 50 percent of the usual departure schedule. Airlines anticipate limited aircraft departures through the morning hours. Most of the morning's focus has been on treating all airfield surfaces, public roadways and customer assistance. - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
10:24a Frisco has canceled Saturday's Merry Main Street event. It will not be rescheduled. The Kids Holiday Store and the lighting of the Christmas tree will take place Friday, December 13, in Simpson Plaza. - City of Frisco
10:20a Looking for something to do? Cheer on the SMU Mustangs as they host No. 15 UCF at Gerald J. Ford Stadium at 11 a.m. No tickets are required; admission is free.
10:05a Subfreezing temperatures will continue through the weekend, the National Weather Service says, keeping roads, trees and power lines in North Texas iced over in the wake of Friday's storm. Forecasters also say there's a chance of freezing drizzle for much of the state on Saturday. Oncor utility crews worked through the night to restore power after tree limbs fell and downed power lines. About 117,000 customers in the Dallas area were without power Saturday morning.More than 350 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been canceled Saturday morning, the airport said, and about 3,330 passengers had stayed overnight in the terminals. - Associated Press
9:21a American Airlines reports conditions at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport remain very icy. "Please expect minimal operations today," the carrier said in an alert issued this morning.
9:12a The Allen High School football playoff game against Westfield will be played as scheduled at 2 p.m. in Round Rock, but the school's band and cheerleaders will not be making the trip. "The school district's concern in keeping the band and cheerleaders in town was for adding 800 additional drivers to the local icy roads today and the parking lot this morning and tonight," the district said in a statement posted on its website Saturday morning.
- READ: Allen ISD statement
8:06a Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport says a Lufthansa A330 jet got stuck in the ice after landing on Friday night. The aircraft was taxiing down the runway and rounding a curve when it was halted by the weather conditions. The plane did not leave the runway and passengers were quickly removed. - Cynthia Vega, DFW Airport
7:38a Rescue teams using a crane are lifting a pickup truck from the icy waters of Lewisville Lake after an overnight search. The truck crashed into the lake at 5:30 a.m. Friday from the northbound lanes of Interstate 35E south of Lake Dallas. The fate of the driver and any passengers was not immediately known. - WFAA
7:03a Hundreds of motorists have been forced to leave their vehicles along Interstate 35E between Sanger and Denton. Some drivers have spent up to 12 hours in their vehicles. Many large trucks have simply stopped, unable to negotiate the icy freeway. In some places, I-35E is simply a parking lot; in other places it is an obstacle course. Separately, a vehicle left the freeway at 5:30 a.m. Friday and crashed into Lewisville Lake. Firefighters spent more than 24 hours using sonar and a crane in an effort to reach the wreckage. It is thought that at least one person was in the vehicle and unable to escape. - Marie Saavedra in Denton
6:55a The bulk of power outages are in Dallas and Collin counties. Dallas still has more than 68,000 without power and Collin just over 15,000. The City of Dallas asks that if you need help due to the outages to call 311; Call 211 if you live in Dallas County. - WFAA
5:01a DART light rail services remain idle Saturday morning; the transit agency is using buses to move passengers between stations.
12:05a Northbound US 75 (Central Expressway) is closed at LBJ.
Northbound Highway 67 is shut down at Camp Wisdom Rd. - Dallas Police Department
12:00a There is an alternate route to detour around the I-35 backup near Sanger.
Passenger Cars: Take FM 455 West to FM 2450 to Krum, take FM 1173 to Denton.
Tractor Trailers: Take FM 455 East to FM 2164 to Loop 288 in Denton. - Sanger Fire Department
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
10:22p The traffic backup on southbound Interstate-35 in Denton County still extends for more than 10 miles at this hour.
Some drivers have been stuck in the traffic for almost 10 hours and told to be patient until the interstate is safe enough for travel.
News 8 spoke with one driver, Slade Wilson, live on News 8 at 10. He said he had been in traffic for nine-and-a-half or ten hours and in that time, had moved maybe a quarter-mile. He chose to stay in the car because it was a company vehicle.
He's spoken to other drivers stuck in the gridlock.
"They're just frustrated, most everybody is just turning their cars on and off trying to conserve gas and stay warm," Wilson said.
He's prepared to stay with the vehicle through the night Friday, but said all bets were off if the road wasn't cleared by Saturday morning.
"I'll stay tonight, but we'll see about tomorrow. I figure it won't be too bad," he said. "I've got quite a bit of gas, so I'll be alright."
The driver in front of him had just given up, pulling their car to the side and walking down the road.
As for bathroom breaks?
"There's been a few people on the side of the road," Wilson said, chuckling.
Click here to watch the interview with Mr. Wilson.
9:00p The City of Denton, Denton County, and TxDOT are all sending sanding trucks to the area on Interstate-35 around mile marker 475 near Sanger to try to sand the area and get traffic moving again.
News 8 has received calls from motorists who have been stuck in the traffic since around noon Friday. Backup was estimated to extend 12-to-15 miles. - WFAA.com Staff
8:33p D/FW International Airport has issued a winter storm update. Here are highlights from the release, sent by D/FW Senior Manager of Public Affairs David Magaña:
"Tonight, the slushy conditions on area highways around the Airport are worsening, as roads begin to freeze. Texas Highway 114 at Freeport Parkway (just east of the Airport’s north entrance) has been closed by police in Irving and Grapevine due to slick conditions. Motorists are advised to take another route such as I-635.
Near the south entrance of the Airport, the Texas Highway 183 eastbound entrance ramp overpass into DFW Airport is temporarily closed at this hour as road crews clear it of snow and ice. D/FW Department of Public Safety police patrols are assisting Fort Worth Police in providing traffic control for the area.
On the Airport grounds, the flyover bridges to Terminals A, B, C and E are closed, and motorists are being rerouted to ground access roads to reach the terminals. Please allow extra time to arrive at those terminals.
Airlines canceled over 750 departures scheduled for Friday, December 6 from D/FW Airport. That figure represents over 90 percent of the Friday flight schedule. Currently, two runways are open and D/FW expects to have a third runway cleared tomorrow morning.
Because of the high number of cancellations, DFW expects to see about 4,000 passengers spend the night in the terminals. DFW Airport is bringing in another 1,000 cots for this evening, to supplement the 3,000 cots currently used by the Airport and its partners.
In anticipation of having to host travelers once again tonight on an overnight basis, about a dozen DFW concessionaires will remain open around the clock tonight, with at least two in each terminal remaining open."
Click here to see News 8's report from D/FW Airport at 6 p.m.
7:51p Friday night Tarrant County winter weather update
Power outages swept through south and southwest Arlington on Friday following heavy ice and sleet that brought tree branches crashing down on the power lines.
Along Green Oaks Boulevard, there were thousands of outages at one point on Friday afternoon.
Some residents checking the Oncore website realized they might not see anything restored until Saturday afternoon or evening.
"It's been off for good since 8 a.m.," said Ted Stauffer, who lives near Piedmont Drive.
In south Fort Worth along Valentine Street, there were spotty outages, and also a carport that came crashing down because of too much ice accumulation on top of it.
One man and woman were taken to JPS Hospital with minor injuries.
Most of the outages came in patches, with one street being fine and then the next covered in darkness.
Throughout Tarrant County, about 20,000 residents were without power heading into the evening hours.
Oncor said most of those in the area should have service restored by Saturday afternoon.
Arlington city officials urged those without heat to stick out the storm with neighbors or friends who didn't lose power, or perhaps even find a motel for the night. - News 8's Todd Unger
Click here to watch our report from Arlington at 6 p.m.
7:02p Though the sleet and freezing rain has come to an end for Friday, the impacts will wreak havoc through the weekend. Areas across North Texas have already seen freezing rain and sleet accumulations of 1-4”! Ice has also impacted travel on area roadways and will continue to do so Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will remain below freezing for at least another 40 hours. That means any slush and icy patches will refreeze, leading to hazardous driving conditions.
The Winter Storm Warning for North Texas has been canceled. In its place, a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for areas northwest of the DFW area including Denton and Collin Counties from midnight until 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Wind chills are expected to be dangerously low overnight -– possibly dipping below zero in areas. Saturday morning will be the coldest morning we’ve seen in almost three years! Last time we got this cold was during Super Bowl in 2011.
In addition to the Wind Chill Advisory, a Hard Freeze Warning has been issued for the same area. Temperatures are expected to drop to 10 degrees or below overnight. Remember the “3 P’s” – Pets, Plants, and Pipes! Exposed pipes may freeze and burst. Bring indoor pets inside.
Saturday will be the coldest December day in 15 years! Highs will only top out in the mid-20s. Clouds will stick around with little sun.
Another disturbance will roll through Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning. A few spots may see light sleet or light freezing rain again. It will not be anything like Friday’s winter weather, but it could cause additional light accumulations on top of what has already fallen. Again, any ice or slush on the roads WILL STAY THERE. Road conditions will not improve as we move through Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will remain below freezing until Sunday afternoon. Then we’ll finally rise above freezing for just a couple hours before it’s back to the 20s Sunday night! Winter has arrived a couple weeks early -- bundle up and stay safe! - WFAA Meteorologist Colleen Coyle
6:54p The Denton County Transportation Authority has announced the status for their services Saturday. Here are the highlights from their release:
- DCTA will not operate any bus service tomorrow, Saturday, December 7. With severely low temperatures forecasted for tonight, the current treacherous road conditions are not going to improve enough to operate bus service in Denton, Lewisville or Highland Village Saturday.
- The A-train is scheduled to operate the regular Saturday schedule. Passengers should expect some delays Saturday and are encouraged to dress accordingly.
- The Downtown Denton Transit Center will open at 8 a.m., weather permitting. The Customer Service call center will also open at 8 a.m. to assist with passenger information and customer service for those using A-train service.
6:20p Fort Worth police say they have received multiple reports that all major overpasses are treacherous due to re-freezing. Please avoid these interchanges. - WFAA.com Staff
6:15p The Trinty/DeSoto football game has been rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday in Waco at Waco ISD Stadium.
Tickets at the gate will be $8 for adults and $5 for students, and parking will be $5; ticket booths will open at 11:30 a.m. All pre-sold tickets for Allen Eagle Stadium will be honored at Waco ISD Stadium. Those who have purchased pre-sale tickets but won’t be able to attend Monday’s game will be able to receive a refund Wednesday, December 11th through Wednesday, December 18th at the Pennington Field Ticket Office.
5:44p Denton County 5 p.m. winter weather update
Through nearly impassible neighborhood, bridges with several inches of solidified sleet, and ice-pockmarked freeways, it took nearly three hours for a News 8 crew to travel from Grapevine to Denton.
Many truckers found themselves stranded, unable to deliver their loads.
Tyler Levron tried to beat the storm from Iowa. He said his boss is not happy he didn't make it.
"I guess he's not," he says, "because we aren't making any money."
Denton police report very few accidents, saying people stayed of the roads. Police say an iced-over bridge at Interstate-35E at mile marker 475 (between Milam Rd & 156 into Sanger), however, backed up traffic for six miles and caused drivers to sit for hours.
Amir Alwani said based on news reports, he thought the roads look fine.
"Not too bad," he said.
It still took him three hours to drive from Coppell to Decatur. - News 8's Janet St. James
5:24p All locations/colleges in the Dallas County Community College District will be closed on Saturday because of inclement weather and final exams will be rescheduled.
4:57p MedStar reports they are responding to more calls as the day goes on. They averaged 10.5 calls per hour from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, 16.25 calls per hour from 8 a.m. to noon, and 22.75 calls per hour from noon to 4 p.m.
4:55p The City of Dallas has issued an update on several city services as of Friday afternoon Some highlights pulled directly from the release:
- The Emergency Operations Center remains open and staffed and is monitoring and coordinating all impacts of the Winter Weather Event. The EOC is scheduled to remain open through 6:00 p.m. Friday depending on the situation. There are currently no shelters open within the City that are being managed by the City or the American Red Cross. An announcement about shelters will come in the next hour.
- The Department of Street Services continues its sanding operations Ice Force Level 1 (approximately 35 sanding trucks and 100 personnel). There has been a steady stream of icing calls throughout the city. The weather forecasts suggests that the precipitation has ceased; however due to falling temperatures, downed tree calls are on the rise (mainly limbs in the roadway). Street Services has begun efforts (coordinating with other City departments) to address an increase in downed tree calls. Chainsaw crews are mobilized throughout the City to clear the roadways to ensure mobility. These crews will continue to focus on debris removal during daylight hours to ensure safety of personnel and motorist alike.
- Due to hazardous weather conditions, Sanitation Services will not be performing residential collections services today, Friday December 6, 2013. Additionally, current weather conditions are not expected to improve until late Sunday afternoon; therefore, delayed collections will not take place this weekend.
We understand that some Friday customers may need collections services before next Friday. Sanitation Services is asking Friday customers who need service, to leave out their refuse and recycling through next week and if conditions and resources permit Sanitation Services will attempt to make those collections by end of day Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday residential collections will follow normal schedule next week.
- Due to this week’s storm event Code Compliance will be suspending the issuance of citations for early set-out of storm related brush. Additionally, Code Compliance will suspend the issuance of citations for residential roll-carts left out as a result of Friday’s missed collections.
4:45p Hulen Mall, Stonebriar Centre, The Parks at Arlington, and Town East Mall will all close at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Dallas Theatre Center has announced the performance of A Christmas Carol Friday night at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is canceled.
The Nasher Sculpture Center will be closed Saturday.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Celebration concert is canceled Friday. Patrons ticketed to attend Friday's performance are invited to attend another scheduled performance of Christmas Celebration or any other Dallas Symphony Holidays Full of Wonder concert, Dec. 7-31, 2013. Ticketed patrons should call the Guest Services Center box office at 214.692.0203 for an expedited exchange into the performance of their choice.
The Texas Ballet Theater canceled Friday night's performance of The Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House. At this time, Saturday and Sunday performances will proceed as planned. For exchanges or refunds, contact the AT&T Performing Arts Center box office at 214.880.0202. - WFAA.com Staff
4:40p Managers of the Horseshoe Project in Dallas warn of temporary closures on bridges and ramps on Interstate-30 and Interstate-35E near downtown Dallas Friday afternoon and night to de-ice and clean up bridges, ramps, and roadways. Motorists are encourage to use caution and expect possible delays in this area throughout the evening. - WFAA.com Staff
4:34p D/FW International Airport has issued a winter storm update. Here are highlights from the release, sent by DFW Senior Manager of Public Affairs David Magaña:
- Airlines have canceled over 750 departures scheduled for Friday, December 6 from DFW Airport. That figure represents about 90 percent of the Friday flight schedule.
- The Airport’s de-icing facilities are operational and the airlines are conducting de-icing operations for every departure.
DFW Airfield Operations crews are plowing, treating and monitoring the runways, ramps and taxiways on the airfield. DFW has maintained runway capacity sufficient to satisfy the demand for airline departures with at least one runway remaining open throughout the day.
- DFW advises motorists making their way to the Airport to exercise extreme caution as they drive. Roads around the Airport are passable but hardening ice and treacherous conditions are reported on roadways, bridges and overpasses. Traffic into the south entrance of the Airport is building due to hardening ice, specifically on the Texas-183/Texas-360 entrance ramp to the Airport. DFW Department of Public Safety police patrols are assisting Fort Worth Police in providing traffic control for the area.
- DFW is also advising passengers about 15-minute wait times for taxicab service because of the difficult driving conditions. The Airport is working to accommodate passengers via ride share and other ground transportation options.
- Inside the Airport terminals, DFW Customer Service teams are monitoring checkpoints and Customs as well as passenger activity, and will provide assistance as needed. In addition to a full slate of available concessions outlets throughout the Airport, DFW has brought in extra supplies to distribute for free to passengers, including water, snacks, and even coloring books for kids. The Airport also provided entertainers and is working to utilize additional space for accommodating passengers with disrupted travel plans.
In anticipation of having to host travelers once again tonight on an overnight basis, some DFW concessionaires will remain open around the clock tonight.
- CLICK HERE TO CHECK THE STATUS OF A D/FW FLIGHT
- CLICK HERE TO CHECK THE STATUS OF A LOVE FIELD FLIGHT
4:24p Southbound Interstate-35 is shut down at miles marker 475 (between Milam Rd & 156 into Sanger) due to icing on the hill. Backup now extends for nearly six miles. Please avoied the area. - Denton Police Dept.
Click here to watch our 4 p.m. update on conditions in Denton County.
3:52p Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is urging people to offer shelter to those without power Friday night, noting that it's uncertain how long it will take to restore electrical service. Jenkins said it is dangerous for people to spend the night in a home without electricity as outside temperatures are forecast in the teens. - WFAA's Jason Whitely
3:21p The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning that had been scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Friday. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for much of the WFAA viewing area, as wind chill values are forecast from -10 degrees to 0, and actual temperatures fall to the single digits in some locations. Motorists are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary due to the danger of icy roads and highways. - National Weather Service
3:16p DART's light rail service continues to be suspended because of weather conditions. The transit agency is using buses to carry passengers from station to station. There are also delays on TRE and DCTA trains due to frozen switches. Most services are not running on schedule. - DART
3:13p Irving police say southbound lanes of Loop 12 are closed south of Shady Grove Road, where all traffic must exit. Sand trucks are on the way. - Twitter
3:04p Dallas police are shutting down eastbound and westbound lanes linking LBJ Freeway with North Central Expressway at the High Five interchange. In addition, lanes from LBJ to northbound and southbound Interstate 35E area closing due to icing. - Twitter
- MORE: WFAA Traffic
2:43p Fort Worth police note that ice is forming on moving vehicles. "Please don't drive unless absolutely necessary," they advise. - Twitter
2:35p Coppell police report that the westbound lanes of LBJ Freeway at Royal Lane are being shut down due to ice accumulation. Road crews are trying to find a plow to clear the highway. - Twitter
2:32p DFW Airport is distributing water, snacks and coloring books to stranded passengers. - WFAA
2:28p SMU football coach June Jones tweets that Saturday's game between the Mustangs and UCF will be played as scheduled at 11 a.m. at Ford Stadium. "#PonyUp & #BundleUp," he said. - WFAA
2:18p Saturday's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Burnett Park in Fort Worth has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Donations can be made at the organization's website. - WFAA
1:44p Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport says airlines have canceled more than 680 Friday departures, representing about 80 percent of DFW's regular schedule. A limited number of flights were able to operate during the storm, and crews are keeping at least one runway open for traffic. Travelers or those scheduled to meet arriving passengers are advised to check with their airline before leaving for the airport. Allow plenty of extra time due to poor road conditions.
Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins said there were between 80 and 100 flights canceled at Dallas Love Field on Friday morning. "It appears that we're going to be operating most of our schedule this afternoon," he added.
1:11p The temperature won't actually go above freezing until Sunday afternoon, so much of the ice we have right now will stick around for the weekend. Road conditions on neighborhood streets and minor roadways will remain poor through at least Saturday morning. Conditions on the interstates, state highways and frequently-used secondary roads will improve through Saturday as friction from multiple vehicles will wear down most of the ice or slush. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
12:46p The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has been canceled. "Safety of our participants, as well as our volunteers and spectators, is our primary concern on MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race weekend," read a statement from marathon organizers. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo was also canceled. - WFAA
12:38p MedStar has received 42 crash calls and 10 calls of people who have fallen. According to MedStar, the two who were injured earlier when a carport collapsed are in stable condition. - WFAA
12:32p A portion of the Pier 121 Marina in Lewisville has collapsed on top of boats in dock. - WFAA
12:29p Roads were so bad on I-30 it took about an hour to get from Arlington to Fort Worth. - News 8's Teresa Woodard
12:25p The Fort Worth Mixmaster is open now after wrecks and stuck vehicles blocked much of it throughout the morning. - News 8's Jim Douglas
12:09p Conditions in Denton remain slick, especially at I-35 and Highway 380. City crews have assisted about 60 drivers stranded in ice. - News 8's Marcus Moore
12:07p The largest concentration of power outages remains in Dallas and Collin counties. The number of outages has once again dropped and is now at 220,000. - WFAA.com
- MAP: Power outages
11:53a Tonight's Santa's Helpers event at Cedar Hill has been canceled. A phone bank will be set up later in the evening. - WFAA.com
11:49a The widespread winter precipitation has ended across the immediate D-FW area for today. Another round of wintry mix comes Saturday night through Sunday morning. We picked up 1 to 4 inches of sleet across the D-FW area. The wind chill is in the single and double digits. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
11:30a WFAA producer Meagan Harris captured raw video as her United Airlines flight landed at D/FW Airport. She said it looked icy, but the landing was smooth.
11:19a The number of power outages in the D-FW area has gone down from 267,000 to 241,000, reported Kris Spears, a spokesman with Oncor. - WFAA.com
11:15a Crews with the city of Fort Worth have worked 234 accidents since the ice storm. While it appears some of the ice has started to melt, the Fort Worth Mixmaster remains icy. However, there hasn't been much traffic. - News 8's Jim Douglas
11:10a Some spots across North Texas have seen over 3 inches of sleet. Temperatures tonight will be in the teens across the D-FW area. It will be the coldest night since the Super Bowl of February 2011. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
11:06a Saturday's scheduled Old Town Holiday Stroll in Lewisville has been canceled due to the weather.
11:01a Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to 37 vehicle accidents between midnight and 10 a.m. There were 111 calls of utility wires down. - News 8's Sebastian Robertson
10:38a Rescue crews said a tree collapsed on a woman at Frankford Road and the Dallas North Tollway in North Dallas. Her condition is unknown. - WFAA
10:35a American Airlines has canceled nearly 1,000 flights at DFW International Airport. There will be no departures until after 1:30 p.m. so workers can clear the runways. - WFAA's Jason Whitely
10a Drive on Highway 114 in Southlake very icy. I've seen many stranded cars. The bridge at White Chapel was not passable. - News 8's Janet St. James
9:55a Another collapsed carport at the Gates Apartments in Allen. - WFAA.com
9:48a MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo has announced the event will be delayed until 2 p.m. Officials discouraged participants from driving on the icy roads Friday to pick up their race packets. - WFAA.com
9:40a Road conditions continue to look bad at the Fort Worth Mixmaster. In fact, it appears to have gotten worse as more people hit the roads. Looking westbound on I-30 going into Fort Worth, only about one lane is getting by. It's been blocked for similar reasons all morning. - News 8's Jim Douglas
9:37a Power that was shut off in a five-mile radius around a blaze that broke out in front of the Joule Hotel was restored by 8 a.m. Dallas Fire-Rescue reports no one was injured in the three-alarm fire in downtown Dallas, but there was some damage to the hotel's facade.
9:20a The weather models essentially agree that what is left of the freezing rain and sleet will end before noon in the DFW area. Any additional accumulation of ice/sleet will be minimal but because temperatures will stay below freezing for another 50 hours (through Sunday afternoon), most of the ice on the ground in North Texas will not melt. Therefore travel will remain difficult in some areas through much of the weekend. In addition, since the ice won’t melt any time soon, power lines will continue to feel the strain of ice weighing them down so additional power outages are possible. – Meteorologist Ashton Altieri
9:18a Arlington police say a driver died Friday after his car hit a stopped truck during inclement weather. The Texas Department of Public Safety says a 34-year-old Lubbock man died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on icy roads near Smyer Francisco Javier Alvizo was dead at the scene. - Associated Press
8:57a Westbound I-30 is clogged with stranded cars and trucks trying to make it up the highway incline into Fort Worth. A few cars are getting through. Above them, the ramp onto I-35W south is blocked by a stranded 18-wheeler getting a tow. - News 8's Jim Douglas
8:50a Two people have been injured after a carport collapsed in the 4100 block of Valentine Street in Fort Worth. The leg of one of the injured people became stuck underneath the carport. They have both been transported to a nearby hospital. - WFAA.com
8:40a D/FW Airport canceled more than 300 flights this morning. - News 8's Shon Gables
8:37a Traffic trouble spots:
- WB I-30 TO HWY 287 CLOSED
- I-30 WB to SB I-35W CLOSED
- SB I-35W TO I-30 ICY
- EB HWY 183 TO NB 161 CLOSED
- NB 287 TO WB I-20 ICY
8:08a The Fort Worth Mixmaster has been a trouble spot all morning long. Drivers were having trouble on I-30 going into downtown Fort Worth, where a car crashed into a wall. To the north, traffic has come to a halt on the ramp from westbound I-30 to southbound I-35. Fort Worth police have responded to about 230 accidents since the ice storm began. - News 8's Jim Douglas
- WATCH: Report from Jim Douglas
8:06a More sleet accumulations: Little Elm 3.5"; Decatur 2.25"; Grayson 2"; Keller 1.8"; Gainesville 1.5".
7:59a It's still sleeting in Grapevine. Using a measuring stick, some of the icy mix has been measured at 2-feet deep, and that's with ice on the under side. - News 8's Janet St. James
7:50a The NTTA has been using snow plows to clear the wintry mix from roadways, said Michael Rey, a spokesman with NTTA. Next, trucks covered the roads with de-icer and sand for traction. It's what's beneath the slush that can make the roads tricky, he said. "We're getting the roadways as good as they can get," Rey said. - WFAA
7:40a Freezing rain and sleet will continue through mid-morning but will end by noon in the D-FW area. Some areas in Denton County like Little Elm have seen 3.5” of sleet while Dallas has seen .3” of ice since late Thursday. Temperatures will not reach above freezing today and therefore roads will remain icy and slick even after the precipitation ends. After today’s event, the next wave of freezing rain and sleet will develop over North Texas during the afternoon on Saturday.
7:39a Oncor reports that 240,000 customers are now dealing with power outages as a result of the ice storm.
7:30a Fire crews said a fire that blew through a manhole cover in front of the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas was sparked by an overloaded transformer. Power was turned off in a five-block area as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
7:20a Latest ice accumulations:
- FORT WORTH .4"
- DALLAS .3"
- RICHARDSON .3"
- FORT WORTH .4"
7:12a City of Fort Worth offices closed. - WFAA.com
6:37a Drivers are finding road conditions difficult at I-35 and 380 split in Denton County. At least five vehicles have become stranded in the area. The Denton County Police Department warned that's the case across Denton. However, there have been many Good Samaritans who have stopped and helped stranded drivers. - News 8's Marcus Moore
6:36a There is currently no DART Rail service. Stations will be served by buses. - DART
6:33a A two-vehicle crash that killed one early this morning was likely related to weather conditions, reported Tiara Ellis Richard, with the Arlington Police Department. Police identified the driver killed in the accident as 29-year-old Chase Brandenburgh, of Arlington. The crash occurred at 12:15 a.m. on I-20 near Cooper Street. Richard said Brandenburgh was headed eastbound on I-20 when he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was parked on the shoulder. Police said part of the 18-wheeler was in the outside lane of traffic. - Marjorie Owens, WFAA.com
6:30a The A-Train Commuter Rail in Denton County is experiencing "significant delays" that are expected to continue throughout the morning. The UNT Shuttle, NCTC Shuttle and DCTA Connect bus service will not operate. - WFAA.com
6:25a There are now about 170,000 without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to Chris Spears, a spokesman with Oncor. - WFAA.com
6a Radar continues to show light to moderate freezing rain and sleet over most of North Texas. The exception is areas southeast of D-FW, like Corsicana and Palestine where it's a cold rain. We expect precipitation to continue through at least mid-morning. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
5:55a Oncor just gave an update on the blaze that broke through a manhole cover in front of the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. According to Oncor, the fire broke out in an underground electric vault that houses electrical equipment. Oncor disconnected power to a five-block area around the blaze in the 1600 block of Main Street.
5:41a Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 80 flights, 42 of which were scheduled to depart out of Dallas Love Field. - WFAA.com
5:30a City of Dallas has delayed opening until 10 a.m. Street Services continues to operate at Ice Force One, with 38 trucks and 100 staffers. - WFAA.com
5:30a More sleet falling in Denton. - News 8's Marcus Moore
5:25a Stranded at the airport early this morning, people are sleeping at D/FW Airport as 500 American Airlines flights canceled. - News 8's Shon Gables
5:08a Power was turned off in the 1600 block of Main Street in downtown Dallas after a fire burst through a manhole cover in downtown Dallas. It's contained to an electrical vault.
5a About 120,000 are without power, said Chris Spears, a spokesman with Oncor, reported this morning. Most of those outages are in Collin and Dallas counties. - WFAA.com
4:39a The 30 eastbound ramp to 35W is blocked by several vehicles in Fort Worth. - News 8's Jim Douglas
4a Firefighters are at the scene where a fire has burst through a manhole in front of the Joule Hotel on Main Street in downtown Dallas. Officials said the fire is a result of ice leading to a blown transformer underground. - WFAA.com
3:30a Ice has covered the Collin County area. Ice was so heavy at one Plano apartment complex that a carport collapsed on top of parked cars. - News 8's Steve Stoler
2:57a Temperatures have begun to fall again as colder air is blowing in from the north, and the rain has transitioned back to sleet and freezing rain for all areas in the metroplex, except for much of Dallas County and points south and east. But as the freeze line continues advancing to the SE, the cold rain will turn to ice. All areas in the metroplex will be in the 20s for the morning commute. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley
2:51a Power outages in the DFW area continue to climb. Oncor is now reporting over 73,000 customers are in the dark as of 2:30 a.m.
10:56p 10 p.m. Denton County Weather Update
Sleet started falling in Denton County late Thursday afternoon and isn’t predicted to end until noon on Friday.
Accumulation of sleet and ice ranges from a dusting to a half-inch as of Thursday night.
Interstate 35 had very little traffic as night fell Thursday. The freeway surface is slushy and slow, but still passable.
Sleet and ice have accumulated on bridges and overpasses, making them more treacherous. On Loop 288 over I-35 just north of Denton, there was a half-inch of accumulation Thursday night.
Denton police responded to 39 minor vehicle wrecks, two major ones, and 11 calls for motorist assistance between noon and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, said Ofc. Ryan Grelle.
At least three shelters are set up in Denton County. Two are in Denton and one is in Sanger. The Salvation Army and Denton Bible Church have shelters in Denton for the homeless and local residents.
The Red Cross has a shelter for stranded motorists at First United Methodist Church in Sanger, Ofc. Grelle said.
Schools and many businesses are closed on Friday and with precipitation predicted to fall through noon on Friday and the temperature forecasted to stay below freezing, the situation in Denton likely won’t improve anytime soon. - News 8's Jason Whitely
10:51p 10 p.m. Collin County Weather Update
Roads in Collin County are under constant watch by NTTA. It started fully deploying salt and sand at roughly 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
NTTA says it has enough supply for a multi-day weather event. A spokesperson says the 2011 ice storm during the Super Bowl has been set as the benchmark.
Crews are closely watching Highway 75 at the Sam Rayburn Tollway. It is also keeping a close eye on the Sam Rayburn Tollway at the Dallas North Tollway.
A spokesperson stresses that if you see an NTTA truck in the roadway, please keep a safe distance from it. Give yourself at least 50 feet clearance from any truck dispersing sand or salt. And that's not just for your protection as a driver, but also for crews working the field. - News 8's Jobin Panicker
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10:16p 10 p.m. Tarrant County Weather Update
Sleet intensified around 8 p.m. in Tarrant County.
Fort Worth police worked more than 200 accidents Thursday afternoon and into the night.
Highway 287 saw some of the worst, including flipped-over vehicles.
Fort Worth city work crews will have 30 trucks and 50 employees hitting city streets over the next 24 hours. - News 8's Todd Unger
10:12p All Dallas County Community College District campuses will be closed Friday.
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9:59p 10 p.m. Dallas County Weather Update
Most of the highways and roadways through Dallas remained passable as of 10 p.m. Thursday, as the bulk of the precipitation that fell here was rain. But wet conditions have the potential to turn into sheets of ice overnight. And more freezing precipitation is in the forecast.
The City of Dallas activated its “Ice Force One” late Thursday afternoon, with 35 sanding trucks and about 100 staff members prepared to work 12-hour shifts through the weekend. If ice develops and conditions worsen, the second level “Ice Force Two,” which would double equipment and manpower, will be activated.
TxDOT deployed several trucks to scout the conditions throughout Dallas, finding some trouble on I-635 near I-30.
The city’s interim director of the Department of Street Services, Dennis Ware told the public to stay home Friday, if at all possible.
“If you don’t have to get out, do not get out,” he said.
While the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade has been canceled for Saturday, the city said it is in constant communication with organizers and promoters of the Dallas Marathon, still scheduled to run Sunday morning.
“We want to give the race every opportunity to occur, yet being mindful to what the weather may bring us,” said Deputy Chief Michael Genovesi of the Dallas Police Department.
He said the course will be evaluated several times between now and race time, with a final call coming no later than Saturday.
“Our primary interest in making sure that event, if it goes off, is done safely," he said. "Public safety will be our guiding concern.” - News 8's Teresa Woodard
9:49p The NTTA has issued a release about road conditions as of 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Some highlights, copied directly from the release:
- The NTTA’s snow and ice response plan is currently at FULL STRENGTH. Maintenance and Command Center crews will stay at high alert throughout the duration of the winter weather event.
- Crews are also focusing on areas likely to ice-over first, such as bridges, overpasses, and the major interchanges (Dallas North Tollway at President George Bush Turnpike, DNT at Sam Rayburn Tollway, PGBT at IH-35, PGBT at IH-635, and PGBT at IH-30).
- All NTTA roads are open. There are no roadway/ramp closures to report at this time.
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9:33p Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, MedStar reports they have responded to 22 crashes, four falls, and 26 weather-related incidents of 163 total incidents. They fielded over 81 calls per hour during that time.
9:31p The ramp from westbound I-20 to southbound Highway 67 has been closed due to an accident. Seek alternate route.
9:26p D/FW International Airport has just released an update on flight cancelations:
"As of this evening, airlines have canceled about 175 departures scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from DFW Airport, primarily evening departures.
Friday morning, airlines have announced the preemptive cancellation of another 200 flights, mainly in the early morning hours. As of now, that represents about 20 percent of the Friday departure schedule at DFW.
DFW Airport advises all passengers with flights or those meeting flights to check with their airlines for the latest flight information, or check the Flight Information page at www.dfwairport.com/flights or by downloading the Official DFW Airport Mobile App."
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8:28p Coppell ISD will be closed Friday.
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8:15p A major winter storm has already started to affect parts of North Texas Thursday night. A band of cold rain has transitioned into a mixture of sleet and freezing rain as temperatures have dropped below freezing. With yet another band of precipitation expected to move across the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight, conditions are not expected to improve.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for North Texas including the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area until 6:00 p.m. Friday. Ice accumulations of 0.25-0.50” are expected and will impact area roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses. Sleet accumulations of 0.25-0.50” can be expected as well. The farther north you travel, the worse conditions will be.
Freezing rain and sleet will persist this evening and into the overnight hours. A disturbance will move through overnight and precipitation intensity will pick up. Accumulations of ice will continue on area roadways and elevated surfaces such as trees, signs, and grass. Overpasses and bridges will need to be monitored closely.
Friday morning will prove to be hazardous to commuters. Ice accumulations can be expected on roads, bridges, and overpasses. Temperatures will hover in the 20s Friday afternoon. That means any icy spots will stay put and may continue to cause problems over the weekend even if additional precipitation is lacking.
Freezing rain and sleet will come to a close Friday afternoon. However, very cold temperatures will stick around. Lows will fall into the upper teens by Saturday morning. A couple disturbances will move through Saturday and Sunday, keeping a slight chance of sleet and freezing rain in the forecast. However, it will not be widespread as seen on Friday.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area will remain below freezing through most of the weekend. Sunday’s high temperatures may just make it above the 32-degree mark.- Meteorologist Colleen Coyle
8:06p Forney ISD will be closed Friday and all district activities scheduled for Friday are canceled.
8:00p Keller ISD will be closed Friday and all district activities scheduled for Friday are canceled.
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7:53p The City of Dallas has released a winter weather update. Here it is in full:
"City offices will be open for business tomorrow.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center opened at a Level 3 – Increased Readiness at 6:00 PM this evening. Increased Readiness means that the City is staffing from critical City Departments and partnered agencies in an effort to monitor and stay aware of the immediate winter weather threat. Activation staffing includes at minimum the following departments and agencies: Office of Emergency Management, Streets Services, Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire-Rescue, American Red Cross, Oncor, Dallas Water Utilities, and Trinity Watershed Management. OEM has identified potential sites that can be quickly opened as shelters should the need for sheltering arise. The EOC stands ready to support the needs of the City in response to this Winter Weather event and also to assist in monitoring and coordination of the special events planned for this weekend.
The Department of Street Services has sanded its first route. Icing has begun in the southwest quadrant of the City @ 8800 blk of Camp Wisdom Rd. All sanding units are on high alert as the actual sanding efforts have begun. Street services began its sanding operations Ice Force Level 1 (approximately 35 sanding trucks and 100 personnel) today, December 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm.
Sanitation Services is monitoring road conditions closely for impacts to residential collection operations. If conditions are unsafe your service may be delayed or postponed. Sanitation transfer station operations and the McCommas Bluff Landfill are scheduled to be open.
The Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park will be closed Friday and Saturday."
7:40p Fort Worth police have shut down the ramps from westbound I-20 to north and southbound I-35W due to ice. There is also an accident in the area causing backup.
The ramp from westbound I-30 to southbound I-35W in Fort Worth is closed due to an accident.
Seek alternate routes.
7:33p Denton ISD will be closed Friday.
Lewisville ISD will be closed Friday.
7:27p Arlington ISD will be closed Friday and all Saturday events and activities have been canceled.
Carroll ISD will also be closed Friday and all Saturday events and activities have been canceled.
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7:09p Fort Worth ISD will be closed Friday, Saturday school classes and all other district events scheduled for the weekend are canceled. Classes and other activities will resume Monday.
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6:27p Anna ISD will be closed Friday.
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6:26p The ramp from southbound Highway 161 to westbound Highway 183 is closing due to a multiple car accident and icing. Seek alternate routes.
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6:18p From Southwest Airlines: "Due to anticipated operational conditions, Southwest Airlines has proactively canceled nearly 80 flights systemwide on Friday, Dec 6 due to weather; 42 of those flights are scheduled departures out of Dallas Love Field. For context, Southwest Airlines had 3,200 flights scheduled to operate systemwide today."
5:55p Radar picture remains largely unchanged right now with light freezing rain over mainly the northern half of the DFW area. Light ice accumulation will continue on elevated surfaces (like trees, vehicles, light poles, etc). But as temperatures continue to drop below freezing, very light ice accumulations will start occurring on roadways (even the major roadways) by around midnight tonight. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
5:46p The City of Dallas will be open Friday.
5:43p Maypearl ISD school openings will be delayed until at least 10 a.m. Friday.
5:35p Highland Park ISD schools will be closed Friday. Click here for a list of HPISD events scheduled for Dec. 5-7 and whether or not they will be held.
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5:30p At 9 p.m. [Thursday], sleet and freezing rain is on top of us. From midnight until 6 a.m., we will have widespread freezing rain and sleet across the area; mainly rain to the east and the southeast of Dallas. It all ends by noon tomorrow and we could pick up a quarter- to a third-, maybe in some places a half-inch of ice across North Texas by the time it's all said and done by tomorrow at midday -- higher amounts to the north and lower amounts to the south. And then we'll have round No. 2 that will move in for the weekend. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
5:18p Northwest ISD will be closed Friday. Friday and Saturday district events and activities will also be canceled or rescheduled.
Fort Worth ISD has not announced any closure information at this time.
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5:16p Saturday's Dallas Children's Parade has been canceled. It is the first time the event has been canceled in its 26-year history.
"We simply don't want to put the health and well-being of the people we serve at risk," said parade spokesperson Lori Waggoner.
4:47p Virtually everyone around the D-FW area is now at or below freezing. As rain falls this evening and makes contact with subfreezing surfaces, ice will accumulate first on cars, bridges and overpasses. The worst conditions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be late this evening through early tomorrow. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
4:28p Dallas ISD classes canceled. Click here for more closings and cancellations.
4:18p Gov. Perry issues Emergency Winter Storm Proclamation: Click here to read.
3:19p The Dallas Zoo will be closed Friday and Saturday.
3:05p The City of Dallas has gone into "Ice Force One" as they ready the streets for ice, said Dennis Ware, with the Department of Street Services. Ware said 35 sand trucks are out on the streets and 100 staffers are on call.
According to police, the Dallas MetroPCS Marathon and the 26th annual Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade is still a go for now. - WFAA.com
2:56p The Parade of Lights in Grapevine has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. - Mona Q. Burk, City of Grapevine
2:55p Radar is showing a large area of precipitation gradually moving south into the D-FW area. Several locations have reported freezing rain and sleet mixing in with cold rain. Most of the ice accumulation we have seen so far has been on elevated surfaces like cars, rooftops and trees. But, watch for ice, especially on bridges and overpasses. This is not the "main event." There will be an entirely different round of freezing rain and sleet that develops overnight. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
2p Friday Duncanville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting canceled. It's rescheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Click here for more closings and cancellations. - WFAA.com
12:30p A light rain and drizzle has begun falling across Dallas and Fort Worth. And, we're seeing a little bit of sleet and freezing rain to the north and west. Temperatures in the D-FW area are still above freezing. The precipitation will initially be all rain, but then will make a changeover. The freezing rain and sleet will first develop at about 10 p.m. in the northwest areas. By midnight, and heading into the early morning hours tomorrow, we'll get that changeover. We'll still have that rain, but mixed in with freezing rain. It appears we'll have an accumulation of ice, with the worst hitting after midnight and through the morning rush. - Meteorologist Greg Fields
12:15p Dallas police, city officials and others with the MetroPCS Marathon are meeting to discuss weather. Updates are expected to be announced at 5 p.m.
11:55a To clarify: Ice will not be an issue today in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This evening is when it develops in the metroplex and the problems will begin overnight and tomorrow morning. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus
11:45a Texas Woman's University closes at 1 p.m. today and will be closed Friday. The university said a decision on Saturday will be made later.
11:44a Alvarado ISD opening at 10 a.m.
11:43a The University of North Texas closes at 1 p.m. today.
11:23a The T is planning regular operations in the event of icing on bus routes on Thursday, Dec. 5 through Saturday Dec. 7, although passengers should expect slight delays to accommodate road conditions. The Trinity Railway Express also is preparing to follow its regular weekday and Saturday schedules, plus two extra eastbound and one extra westbound train on Saturday for the Children’s Medical Center Parade in Dallas. - Joan Hunter, spokeswoman with The T (Fort Worth Transportation Authority)
11:13a The new data sets are coming in and they continue to confirm that the Dallas-Fort Worth area will become entombed in ice tonight into early tomorrow morning. Rain will be falling while temperatures are in the 20s, freezing solid on impact. Winds will be gusting over 20 mph, which will take down tree limbs, sending them into power lines. Upper-level winds are amplifying into a full-blown McFarland, which will send temperatures into the teens by Saturday morning with single digits along the Red River. This is going to be dangerous, folks. Bottom Line: Prepare for this storm! - Meteorologist Steve McCauley
11:07a Denton County has started pre-treatment of roads on I-35, I-35W, LP 288, SH 114 and US 380. - TxDOT
9:45a American Airlines and American Eagle have proactively canceled nearly 500 flights in and out of the D/FW Airport through 11 a.m. Friday. The airlines implemented a travel policy (listed below) to allow customers flexibility in making their travel arrangements due to the weather.
Customers ticketed to travel on AA flights to or from the airports may change flights as shown below. If you are traveling from Dec. 3-7 to, through or from: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW); Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA); Oklahoma City, OK (OKC); Tulsa, OK (TUL) and your ticket was issued no later than: December 04 you may travel: December 4-10. The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change. To change travel dates, contact our Reservations personnel at 1-800-433-7300 within the United States or Canada. - American Airlines