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Weather impacts: Multiple freeway closures due to crashes, Dallas County cancels Fair Park vaccine clinic

Icy road conditions have caused numerous closures and crashes have been commonplace across the metro area Thursday morning.

DALLAS — This story will be updated continuously on Feb. 11. 

With wintry weather moving in, a number of roadways have seen bad accidents, prompting the closure of certain highways and canceled classes for students in some school districts.

A Winter Weather Advisory was extended to most of North Texas until noon Thursday.

Here are some of the biggest impacts as of 8:15 a.m. on Thursday: 

Current freeway closures:

  • In Fort Worth: Interstate 35W closed in both directions at 28th Street
  • In Garland: Eastbound Interstate 30 from Broadway to George Bush, southbound LBJ Freeway
  • In Richardson: Northbound US 75 and the southbound HOV lane; Drivers must exit at Arapaho Rd.
  • In Arlington: Northbound US 287 is shut down at Sublett Road

Other notable closures: 

  • Dallas County has canceled its vaccine clinic at Fair Park on Thursday due to weather conditions. Denton County also canceled its vaccination clinic.
  • A number of major districts in North Texas have either switch to virtual learning, including Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs, or canceled class for the day, including Allen, Cedar Hill, Garland, Mesquite and Plano ISDs. Check the full list.

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RELATED: Get the up-to-date forecast here

Dallas-Fort Worth traffic impacts

As of Thursday morning, roadways across the Dallas-Fort Worth area were seeing ice and freezing rain in places. Drivers should proceed carefully or wait to travel, if possible. 

Fort Worth police told drivers involved in minor accidents with no injuries to exchange information and continue on safely. Drivers can notify their insurance when they reach their destination, officials said.

Around 6 a.m. in Fort Worth, MedStar said it was responding 10 simultaneous crashes on area highways and recommended people work remotely if possible. As of 5:20 a.m., there have been more than 130 major accidents in Dallas since 10 p.m., officials with Dallas Fire-Rescue said.  

Overpasses and bridges are the most likely to have ice, but icy patches have been reported in other areas. 

Follow Traffic Anchor Tashara Parker on Twitter for the latest updates. 

Eastbound I-30, southbound LBJ closed in Garland

As of 8:06 a.m., eastbound Interstate 30 was shut down from Broadway to George Bush due to weather-related accidents. 

Southbound LBJ Freeway was also shut down due to 18-wheeler across the roadway; northbound has 18-wheelers stalled

Dallas County Sheriff involved in crash

A Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy patrol unit was struck Thursday morning. Officials said the deputy wasn't injured but authorities ask drivers to slow down due to icy roads. 

US 75 closed in one direction in Richardson

As of 8:07 a.m., northbound US 75 and the southbound HOV lane is closed due to accident and a fuel spill. The divider wall was also damaged. Drivers must exit Arapaho Rd.

US 287 closed in one direction in Arlington

Northbound US 287 is shut down at Sublett Road due to a crash as of 8:05 a.m. Traffic is exiting at Sublett Road.

Pileup on northbound I-35W at 28th Street in Fort Worth

A major pileup crash on Interstate 35W involving multiple 18-wheelers and a number of other vehicles closed the freeway in both directions, officials said. Multiple people were trapped and emergency crews are working to reach them.   

MedStar told WFAA they have a number of patients from the pileup crash but cannot move them from the scene. An 18-wheeler has the road blocked and traffic has them blocked in from behind. 

RELATED: Multiple people trapped in pileup crash on I-35W in Fort Worth, officials say

Multiple people killed in separate incidents on I-45 in Dallas

The first fatal crash happened around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Lamar Street. At least one person died in this crash, police said. The second happened around 1 a.m. at Illinois Avenue, killing two people and leaving one person in critical condition. Police do not yet have any additional information but said both scenes were still active as of 5:15 a.m.

Northbound I-35W at Western Center in Fort Worth

This stretch of highway has been closed due to icy conditions and crashes, MedStar officials said. They are urging people to avoid going out on the roads, saying conditions are "dangerous." 

Eastbound I-30 at Riverfront Boulevard in Dallas closed due to incident

The highway was completely blocked as of 5:10 a.m., according to TxDOT. 

Eastbound I-30 at Henderson Avenue in Fort Worth lanes shut down

Eastbound lanes were shut down as of 4:30 a.m. on I-30 at Henderson Avenue in Fort Worth due to a severe crash, TxDOT reported.

Northbound I-45 in Navarro County closed after semi-trailer jackknifes

A semi-truck jackknifed overnight at milepost 230 on northbound Interstate 45 overnight, county officials said. Another semi-trailer then crashed into it, closing all northbound lanes.

Multiple accidents on northbound US 75 in McKinney

Police were reporting multiple accidents near Laud Howell on northbound U.S. 75 around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. McKinney police were reporting icy conditions on the northbound lanes of the highway in north McKinney, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

TxDOT is working to sand the roadway.

Multiple incidents on eastbound I-30 near Lake Ray Hubbard

TxDOT officials were reporting multiple overnight incidents on a section of eastbound I-30 near Lake Ray Hubbard stretching from Bobtown Road to the Lake Ray Hubbard Bridge. The first incident was reported around 2 a.m. with the latest at around 4:15 a.m.

Vaccines and other public services

Fair Park vaccine site closed Thursday

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has confirmed the COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru site at Fair Park in Dallas will be closed Thursday. The operation closure is due to icy roads, according to Jenkins. 

Plano Parks & Rec classes delayed, Texas Health Resources vaccine clinic canceled

Morning classes at Plano Parks and Recreation centers have been delayed until 10 a.m. due to the weather. 

In addition, Texas Health Resources has canceled its COVID-19 vaccine clinic that was supposed to take place at Sam Johnson Senior Center. 

Dallas County offices closed for non-essential staff

Dallas County offices will be closed Thursday for non-essential employees, Judge Clay Jenkins announced. 

Minnie's Food Pantry closed Thursday

Due to inclement weather, the food pantry will be closed Thursday.

Denton County reschedules drive-thru vaccines

Denton County is canceling the vaccine clinics that were originally scheduled for Thursday due to the weather.

“We do not want to bring our residents out on icy roads or have our crews and volunteers working in below-freezing weather,” Judge Andy Eads said.

Parkland sites to close Thursday through Monday due to weather

Parkland, which operates sites at Ellis Davis Field House and Eastfield Community College (Mesquite) will be closed Thursday, Feb 11 through Monday, Feb. 15 due to the extremely cold weather.

Patients who have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, first or second dose, at Ellis Davis or Eastfield on these days, should instead go to Parkland Memorial Hospital at 5200 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas 75235 at their scheduled vaccine appointment time and date.

For more information visit, https://www.parklandhospital.com/covid-19-testing.

Remember to download the WFAA app to check one of our dozens of local radars near you as well as the latest forecast, cameras and current conditions.

North Texas school closures

Here is what some of the larger districts have decided to do for Thursday.

Check a full list of all delays and closures here.

Major districts that have canceled classes

  • Allen ISD
  • Arlington ISD
  • Bonham ISD
  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • Crowley ISD
  • Duncanville ISD
  • Garland ISD
  • Godley ISD
  • Grand Prairie ISD
  • Irving ISD
  • Keene ISD
  • Mansfield ISD (closed until Tuesday)
  • McKinney ISD
  • Mesquite ISD
  • Plano ISD
  • Wylie ISD

Two-hour delayed start

  • Aledo ISD
  • Azle ISD
  • Grandview ISD

Major districts going virtual

  • Dallas ISD
  • DeSoto ISD
  • Ennis ISD 
  • Fort Worth ISD
  • Venus ISD

Midlothian ISD, Joshua ISD, and Aledo ISD have canceled games and after-school activities.

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