The temperature may be plunging but that also means a lot of electric bills are skyrocketing. The harsh winter has forced more North Texans than ever to seek financial assistance or face having their heat cut off.
As icicles formed over Denton County, people donned their thick winter jackets for a stroll through the snow. The snow and ice though has some people working harder.
Texas Gas Service (TGS) was forced to shut down the gas supply to the entire city of Jacksboro Thursday. Most businesses and residents had no heat, on a day when temperatures struggled to get out of the teens.
First, it was the ice storm last month. This week, it’s the cold snap. Many North Texans turned up their thermostats — and kept them there. After mother nature’s bitter blast, residents like Bob Firth are already seeing higher heating bills.
In North Texas, everything from bugs to bad allergies is often blamed on our typically mild winters. So, after two days of bitter cold, will the arctic blast at least kill off a few bugs?
In the past decade, North Texas has seen just half a dozen days where temperatures dipped to 15 degrees or below. But residents still need to know how to protect their property.
No matter the cold, firefighters still have the same mission. And when temperatures go down the number of challenges facing emergency first responders goes up.
Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations nationwide on Monday, and some 15,000 North Texans were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early.
Drivers in Fort Worth and across Tarrant County saw some of the worst driving conditions. In fact, police were asking people to stay off the roads, all weekend. Drivers were even asked to delay their commutes as long as possible Monday.
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Wednesday morning started with temperatures below freezing in some parts of North Texas. But the weather will warm up, coming close to 80 degrees over the weekend.
There is going to be a lot of sun across North Texas this week, just not much heat. Temperatures on Tuesday morning dipped near the freezing mark and won’t rebound until the weekend.