A Wintry Mess Falls Across North Texas

By Larry Mowry, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The sleet and snow have stopped falling in parts of North Texas, after a frigid wintry mix came down across the Metroplex through the lunch hour Tuesday.

The heaviest sleet and snow fell in the western sections of the Metroplex, like Tarrant County and Denton County. Roads will remain slick as the temperatures continue to fall below freezing.

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The treacherous weather prompted numerous closings and delays across North Texas. The storm briefly closed Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. After runway deicing and treatment, the airport reopened just before 8:30 a.m. As of 1 p.m. DFW Airport had cancelled some 500 flights. Airport officials are advising everyone to check flight status at dfwairport.com.

Airport spokesman David Magana says crews continue to work to keep runways clear.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith says about 800 flights, headed out of and going in to, DFW were cancelled. Systemwide the Fort Worth-based carrier had some 1,400 cancellations.

DART Rail service was also suspended. Officials with DART say workers were busy for much of Tuesday trying to restore service, and were hampered by continuing precipitation and high winds.

DART buses operated slowly due to road conditions.

In Fort Worth, the TRE had minor delays.

Between Midnight and 8:00 p.m. Dallas police Officers responded to 95 minor accidents and 52 major accidents. DPD referred more than a dozen other accidents to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. Since midnight, the Fort Worth police Department responded to 240 accidents, and Plano has handled 42 accidents. Keep in mind the number of accidents responded to by police is in no representative of the number of actual accidents that occurred on North Texas highways and byways.

The area’s largest school districts — including Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington — canceled classes again for Wednesday.

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North Texas will see cold weather through the rest of the week. Temperatures will stay below freezing probably until Saturday. High temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will only be in the 20s, with low temperatures around 10 degrees each morning. There will be another small chance of snow on Friday, especially for our southeastern counties.

Super Bowl weekend will then be dry and slightly warmer, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

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  1. Rex Wall says:

    Burleson @ 6am

  2. the cleaner 1 says:

    I ve got to ask once again,… wheres Tex Dot ?? Have nt they been on the clock; to be ready so they can sand and pre pretreat??? so let me see, we pay the city to keep streets clear isnt that what its all but then they dont so its all phony and a waste of money…thats it is all about anyways.

    1. TxDawn says:

      Unless you know someone who actually WORKS for txdot then you have no idea how much work they actually put in. There are countless nights throughout the year where my mother doesn’t get home until 6 am or has to go into work at midnight because of her job at TXdot. But if blaming someone makes you feel better, go right ahead. You just have no idea what you’re talking about (but when does that stop anyone).

    2. they are already over budget.

  3. Sabaka says:

    As of 0500, Monday morning the roads are great, HOWEVER, watch out for the southern boys and girls that CAN NOT drive on anything but dry roads! These drivers are a threat to your Life.

    1. Michelle says:

      Southern people really can’t drive on icy roads!!!OMG!!!! Well….it’s their safety and lives in jeopardy and unfortunately, the people that are careful and these idiots hit them because they don’t know the meaning of wintery weather.

      1. Nigel from Fort Worth says:

        No problem, Michelle. I’ll help you pack your Yankee bags and put you on a bus to New York, myself.

      2. Mother Theresa says:

        Nigel is likely one of those idiots in the jacked up 4 x 4 mashing the accelerator on an ice covered road wondering why he’s not getting forward momentum.

        Please do your fellow motorists a favor, Nigel: turn in your driver’s license and start taking the bus before you kill someone.

  4. EdgarD says:

    No one can drive on ice unless they have chains or spikes on their tires. No traction on ice, Iit doesn’t matter where you are from. Snow you can drive on, ice you can’t!

  5. JOY says:

    DONT YOU JUST LOVE THIS GLOBAL WARMING !!!

  6. Me says:

    Joy, the media dumbed down the science to “global warming.” That makes a catchy headline but it is too easy to misunderstand and dismiss when called that. This is also pretty dumbed down but try thinking of the atmosphere as insulation. If you have less insulation then you have hotter summers and … drumroll please… colder winters. It’s far more complex than that but what the science actually predicts is EXTREME and UNUSUAL weather. The cold will be colder, the hot will be hotter, rain where you don’t expect, drought where you should have rain, more storms and more severe storms.

  7. Kim Songer says:

    yes please do not put tx dot down, my nephew is a supervisor for tx dot and he was out all night getting prepped for this mess, while u r snug in your bed asleep , however they cant constantly keep every single street running smooth.. they are only so much they can do.

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