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Winter Weather: The Latest

By The CBSDFW.COM Staff
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This would have been okay on Christmas, but nobody dreams of a White February. (credit: Doug Phillips)

This would have been okay on Christmas, but nobody dreams of a White February. (credit: Doug Phillips)

DALLAS – FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) -

Here’s the latest information on the winter weather pounding DFW.  We’ll update it throughout the day.

2:58 pm: Water main break at I-30 & Altamere. Geyser of water shooting in the air. Area has been closed to traffic.

2:23pm: Despite previous reports The Event Super Bowl party featuring Prince is NOT canceled.

2:08 pm: In Arlington, 6 people were injured by falling ice outside of Cowboys Stadium. One person was reported to be in “critical” condition.

12:42 pm: TXDOT is still waiting for additional snow plows to arrive in the area to help clear the roads. Road conditions across the Metroplex are varied, please drive with extreme caution. Loop 12 South at Spur 408 is closed due to accidents.

12:13 pm: One runway is open at Love Field in Dallas and commercial flights will resume on a limited basis.

11:30: The Winter Storm Warning is being extended through 4pm for the area. Love Field is only open to private aircraft. Commercial flights are still grounded. The Hi-5 in Dallas (635 – Hwy 75) is passable, but officials still urge extreme caution if driving in these areas.

10:05: DART Rail and The TRE say they are operating their regular schedules today, but riders should expect pretty lengthy delays, up to 30 minutes. DART Buses  and The T are running, but delayed as well due to road conditions.  At DFW Airport, three of the seven runways are open.  Even so, airlines have canceled hundreds of flights.  All of Love Field’s runways are shut down, but crews are working to open one.  And we’ve heard that the average wait for a tow truck is about three hours.

9:57: The roads are the biggest problem right now, as they have been most of the day.  This screengrab from our traffic section says it all:

 

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9:20: At I-30 and Loop 12, CBS 11 Photojournalist Jake Shannon saw a tow truck that was pulling another tow truck out of the snow.  You know it’s bad when the tow trucks need tow trucks.

9:17: American Airlines has canceled more than 600 flights at DFW Airport.  That’s just American; other airlines have also canceled many flights.

9:16: Eastbound I-20 at Spur 408 in Dallas is closed.  There’s a big backup there.  Stay home if you don’t absolutely have to go someplace.

9:15: TxDOT says it’s bringing in 40 more snowplows from other parts of the state.  They should be in DFW by noon.  Those crews are also bringing more magnesium chloride, which is the chemical they spread on roads to melt the snow and ice.

8:44 a.m: Some parts of DFW have seven inches of snow on the ground.  More is on the way, but it should be cleared out by noon.

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