Morning Commute Expected To Be An Ugly One

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As night fell on a day where 2-3 inches also fell across North Texas, many municipalities had one thing on their mind, the day after Christmas commute.

Across much of North Texas the Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the North Texas Tollway Authority and others spent the day keeping roads and rails cleared Tuesday, and they will be out doing the same overnight.

TxDOT has shut I-35 north of Denton County down in both directions from Sanger up to the Oklahoma state line due to the road conditions Tuesday night after more than 3 inches fell in some locations.

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In Denton County colder temperatures iced over parts of several highways and roads.       

Working with TxDOT, the county had major roads treated with a mixture of sand and salt.. and a county spokesman says road and bridge crews will drive around all night long to monitor any trouble spots that need to be re-treated.        

But getting every spot may not be easy… as accidents and spinouts have still happened.

A spokesman with the Denton County Transportation Authority says DCTA trains may be delayed.  Issues with DCTA,net also could be problematic for Wednesday morning as well.

At DFW Airport, Fort Worth-based American Airlines says today’s weather has had a major impact on flight operations.  American says hundreds of flights have been cancelled on both American Airlines and American Eagle.

The Airport has also announced concessions have remained open due to the weather, and workers will be on hand to give out cots and blankets to stranded flyers.

In a statement the airport advised passengers to check on their flight status prior to coming to the Airport, whether via the Flight Information page at www.dfwairport.com or other means.
Dallas’ Love Field and it’s major carrier Southwest Airlines has not announced any significant delays, but says de-icing has been in place for much of the day.  Still, checking Southwest.com before heading to the airport has been advised.

In Dallas County many drivers have already had difficulty on the infamous High 5 ramps.    

TxDOT says they’re treating more and more bridges and overpasses with de-icer and crews are out looking for icy spots on the roads.    

So far, TxDOT has treated the High 5, and bridges and overpasses on I-30, I-20, U-S 67, 183, Spur 408 and others in Northern Dallas County.

The NTTA is treating its bridges and overpasses where necessary.    

In Dallas, the Street Services Department activated Ice Force One.  That’s when it brings in 70 people, and operates 30 sand trucks.

The city says when necessary, it will double the number of crews and trucks.  Dallas says it’s focusing on the elevated roadways.

In Fort Worth, the roads have been managable, but the city has not had to enact it’s Office of Emergency Management.  Still, MedStar Ambulance Service has reported a number of accidents it has responded to, and says it will not be answering calls with “Lights and Sirens” due to safety concerns.     

There have been no reports of major delays expected with bus service from The T in Fort Worth, but the city suggests checking The-T.com before heading out in the morning.

All across North Texas crews are going to be out all night.  They’re concerned about Wednesday morning’s freezing temperatures making it treacherous for people to go to work and to the stores.

For the very latest on road conditions, check out our traffic page at CBSDFW.com/traffic,