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Five people have died in weather related accidents across Texas. (Credit: Jennifer Lindgren/CBSDFW.com)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Five people have died in weather-related accidents in Texas as a wintry storm system has left thousands without power and cancelled hundreds of flights.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until midday Monday for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, downgrading a winter storm warning. Surface temperatures hovered around 30-34° Monday morning in the DFW area, preventing significant icing on major roadways.

As of Monday morning, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had cancelled 386 flights in response to the heavy rain and near-freezing temperatures.

The system dumped snow in the Texas Panhandle. The Texas Department of Public Safety says two people died in separate accidents Saturday night on snow-covered roads in wrecks near Amarillo and Dumas. Three people were killed in a multivehicle wreck late Friday near Vega.

Dallas-based electric utility Oncor reported about 23,000 customers without power Monday, in north and west parts of Texas. The outages included more than 10,000 in Tarrant County alone.

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