Rain, Sleet, Snow Move Through DFW; Roads Deceptively Slick

Updated: 9:20 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – After struggling to dig out from snow and ice that buried North Texas just last week, rain in the Metroplex turned from sleet to snow just before 3 a.m., in some western parts. The winter blast that began February 1 and lasted nearly a week had some municipalities and school districts fearing the worse and canceling classes and events far in advance.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport canceled some 120 departures. Spokesman David Magana says DFW airport anticipated operating a full schedule later Wednesday.  Southwest Airlines canceled 40 flights at Dallas Love Field by 8 a.m.

Driving conditions got significantly worse beginning at about 7 a.m. Most roads did not look bad to the eye, but the roads were deceptively slick. The slippery streets caused major problems for many drivers, and by 8 a.m. traffic had slowed to a crawl on many highways.

KRLD’s Phyllis Smith and Emily Trube report on road conditions and accidents around the Metroplex

DART’s train lines were moving slowly Wednesday morning, and its managers added buses to help relieve the congestion on parts of its Red and Blue lines.

Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect for all of North Texas until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

As of 7:15 a.m. CBS 11 Meteorologist Larry Mowry said scattered snow showers are moving into the western sections of North Texas. The activity, which will rotate across the metroplex in the next few hours, includes fine snow. Snow showers will persist through the midday hours.

By 4:30 a.m. the cold front had passed through Fort Worth and the DFW Airport area and was moving through Dallas County.

Temperatures have fallen from the 40s to the teens in both Tarrant and Dallas County. At 7 a.m. the wind chill at DFW Airport was -2. In the city of Dallas the wind chill was 2-degrees and Fort Worth had a wind chill of zero.

As the cold air arrives, there will be a changeover to sleet and snow for a brief period in some sections of Dallas County.

On the radar, the freezing drizzle that is falling in North Texas looks dry. This will create slick roads in the metroplex.

Heavier snow is falling from Jacksboro to Decatur and is now starting to develop in Denton and Cooke County. This activity will shift southeast toward the metroplex after 6 a.m. and increase chances for accumulating snow. Snowfall totals in Dallas and Fort Worth will end up being 1” to 2”, which is less than what was initially forecast, because of the dry slot. However, there may be .10” of ice on surfaces before the snow arrives. In Denton and Collin County up to the Red River, 2” to 4” of snow still looks likely.

Snow began falling late Tuesday in parts of Kansas, the Texas panhandle and Oklahoma, where up to 10 more inches of snow and brutally cold temperatures were expected.

But after the record snowfall that kept students out of school for up to three days, halted garbage pickup and kept some roads impassable, parts of North Texas fearing the worst.

Click here to see some of the photos of the weather sent in by our users.

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of the CBS 11 Storm Team at work in our main studio Wednesday morning.

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Jane Slater updates viewers on traffic. (Photo credit: Adrienne Roark, CBSDFW.com)

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Scott Sams and Lisa Pineiro on the news desk. (Photo credit: Adrienne Roark, CBSDFW.com)

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Meteorologist Garry Seith updates viewers on the winter weather conditions. (Photo credit: Adrienne Roark, CBSDFW.com)


One Comment

  1. Mayra says:

    I have not seen in the news if Lewisville district school is open or not.

    1. Heather says:

      Lewisville waits until the last minute to cancel- it drives me nuts 🙂

      1. pam Milner says:

        UNT IS CLOSED we have received 3 notices about it

    2. jony grand says:

      it should be closed the roads are icy frozen

  2. Nikkee E. says:

    Any information on Harmony Science Academy – Grand Prairie?

  3. Janet says:

    Would someone take a minute to explain to Robbie Owens the difference between VERTICAL and HORIZONTAL

  4. pam says:

    Oops posted in wrong spot UNT is closed

  5. clh says:

    “WE TOLD YOU”?? Are you kidding me??

  6. Jeff says:

    yeah, I wish they had to put that on there every day. Either “We told you.” or “We were wrong.”

  7. jeff says:

    yeah, I wish they had to put that on there every day. Either ” We told you. ” or “We were wrong.”

  8. Julie LilSmokie GargesJohnson says:

    why dont they sand the neighborhood streets i cant leave my house

  9. Hammer says:

    As I been asking my friends for years, why do we let semis drive in every lane on our roads. Just look this morning on 635 – 35 and other roads and you can see a perfect example of shutting down whole freeways with semis. DFW will never learn.

  10. Mt Tact says:

    hey Hammer, how bout this, why don’t we restrict cars to surface streets. the guys in the semi’s are PROFESSIONAL drivers. the vast majority of the time, the wrecks they are in is because they had to try to keep from killing some idiot in a car. by the way, try living without trucks. everything that you use comes by truck. just saying

    1. Hammer says:

      I’m not saying that we have to stop truck traffic, but when we have 5 lanes could we limit their lanes to mabe 2 lanes or something. You would also have less semi to car accidents on dry roads.

  11. Selin says:

    It is now 8:32AM and we are facing a snow storm, here, in Southwest Fort Worth, TX. Flakes are very small but icy snow with wind. I need to get out and go to work in an hour in order to make it there at 1:00PM. It is a killer weather. It is kind of like last Tuesday and reminds me of last Wednesday.

  12. Heather says:

    I am so ready for this to be over! But just as soon as I say it about the cold weather I will for sure be saying it about the hot weather! Stay warm!

  13. Mr Tact says:

    Hammer, this is my observation. the majority of car v semi accidents are caused by a guy, in a car, in a hurry, going “I need to be there” and cutting off the semi. by forcing the semi’s out of the through lanes, you would cause more of those interactions. most semi drivers are very aware of the amount of braking room they need and try to drive far “in front” of themselves. when you start to decrease the room they have to do that, it would seem that accidents would go up. jmho

  14. VFW American says:

    City leaders in Dallas, if you want to call them that, need to move all Trucks 5 tons or over to 55 MPH and the 2 outside lanes like the rest of the country does. Traffic would move thru at a greater level and there would be less deadly accidents.

  15. Paul Zale says:

    just curious..why is the “sky” in futuresky sometimes shown with a capital S as in futureSky????????? Paul

  16. Jess Lindsey says:

    Ha, we are whining now about the snow and saying how much we want it to end. What are we gonna do when spring rolls through and we have a spring as crazy as this winter has been cold. Too bad we don’t get “storm days” for those days when we hear “the line of severe thunderstorms will roll through the metroplex around evening rush hour time”. Talk about idiot drivers!

  17. Arica says:

    Hello I think if the city used salt or something other than sand the road conditions would be better.

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