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DENTON COUNTY -- 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.

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