About 4,000 expected to spend the night at DFW Airport



Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 10:49 PM

The freezing rain and sleet has halted across North Texas, but temperatures will keep the accumulation from melting any time soon. Many roads and highways remain dangerous. Saturday's Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade and Sunday's MetroPCS Dallas Marathon have both been scrubbed as a result.

9:00p The City of Denton, Denton County, and TxDOT are all sending sanding trucks to the area on Interstate-35E around mile marker 475 near Sanger to try to sand the area and get traffic moving again. News 8 has received calls from motorists who have been stuck in the traffic since around noon Friday. - WFAA.com Staff

8:33p D/FW International Airport has issued a winter storm update. Here are highlights from the release, sent by D/FW Senior Manager of Public Affairs David Magaña:

"Tonight, the slushy conditions on area highways around the Airport are worsening, as roads begin to freeze.  Texas Highway 114 at Freeport Parkway (just east of the Airport’s north entrance) has been closed by police in Irving and Grapevine due to slick conditions. Motorists are advised to take another route such as I-635.

Near the south entrance of the Airport, the Texas Highway 183 eastbound entrance ramp overpass into DFW Airport is temporarily closed at this hour as road crews clear it of snow and ice. D/FW Department of Public Safety police patrols are assisting Fort Worth Police in providing traffic control for the area.

On the Airport grounds, the flyover bridges to Terminals A, B, C and E are closed, and motorists are being rerouted to ground access roads to reach the terminals. Please allow extra time to arrive at those terminals.

Airlines cancelled over 750 departures scheduled for Friday, December 6 from D/FW Airport. That figure represents over 90 percent of the Friday flight schedule. Currently, two runways are open and D/FW expects to have a third runway cleared tomorrow morning.

Because of the high number of cancellations, DFW expects to see about 4,000 passengers spend the night in the terminals.  DFW Airport is bringing in another 1,000 cots for this evening, to supplement the 3,000 cots currently used by the Airport and its partners.

In anticipation of having to host travelers once again tonight on an overnight basis, about a dozen DFW concessionaires will remain open around the clock tonight, with at least two in each terminal remaining open."

Click here to see News 8's report from D/FW Airport at 6 p.m.

7:51p Friday night Tarrant County winter weather update

Power outages swept through south and southwest Arlington on Friday following heavy ice and sleet that brought tree branches crashing down on the power lines.

Along Green Oaks Boulevard, there were thousands of outages at one point on Friday afternoon.

Some residents checking the Oncore website realized they might not see anything restored until Saturday afternoon or evening.

"It's been off for good since 8 a.m.," said Ted Stauffer, who lives near Piedmont Drive.

In south Fort Worth along Valentine Street, there were spotty outages, and also a carport that came crashing down because of too much ice accumulation on top of it.

One man and woman were taken to JPS Hospital with minor injuries.

Most of the outages came in patches, with one street being fine and then the next covered in darkness.

Throughout Tarrant County, about 20,000 residents were without power heading into the evening hours.

Oncor said most of those in the area should have service restored by Saturday afternoon.

Arlington city officials urged those without heat to stick out the storm with neighbors or friends who didn't lose power, or perhaps even find a motel for the night. - News 8's Todd Unger

Click here to watch our report from Arlington at 6 p.m.

7:02p Though the sleet and freezing rain has come to an end for Friday, the impacts will wreak havoc through the weekend. Areas across North Texas have already seen freezing rain and sleet accumulations of 1-4”! Ice has also impacted travel on area roadways and will continue to do so Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will remain below freezing for at least another 40 hours. That means any slush and icy patches will refreeze, leading to hazardous driving conditions.

The Winter Storm Warning for North Texas has been cancelled. In its place, a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for areas northwest of the DFW area including Denton and Collin Counties from midnight until 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Wind chills are expected to be dangerously low overnight -– possibly dipping below zero in areas. Saturday morning will be the coldest morning we’ve seen in almost three years! Last time we got this cold was during Super Bowl in 2011.

In addition to the Wind Chill Advisory, a Hard Freeze Warning has been issued for the same area. Temperatures are expected to drop to 10 degrees or below overnight. Remember the “3 P’s” – Pets, Plants, and Pipes! Exposed pipes may freeze and burst. Bring indoor pets inside.

Saturday will be the coldest December day in 15 years! Highs will only top out in the mid-20s. Clouds will stick around with little sun.

Another disturbance will roll through Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning. A few spots may see light sleet or light freezing rain again. It will not be anything like Friday’s winter weather, but it could cause additional light accumulations on top of what has already fallen. Again, any ice or slush on the roads WILL STAY THERE. Road conditions will not improve as we move through Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will remain below freezing until Sunday afternoon. Then we’ll finally rise above freezing for just a couple hours before it’s back to the 20s Sunday night! Winter has arrived a couple weeks early -- bundle up and stay safe! - WFAA Meteorologist Colleen Coyle

6:54p The Denton County Transportation Authority has announced the status for their services Saturday. Here are the highlights from their release:

  • DCTA will not operate any bus service tomorrow, Saturday, December 7. With severely low temperatures forecasted for tonight, the current treacherous road conditions are not going to improve enough to operate bus service in Denton, Lewisville or Highland Village Saturday.
  • The A-train is scheduled to operate the regular Saturday schedule. Passengers should expect some delays Saturday and are encouraged to dress accordingly.
  • The Downtown Denton Transit Center will open at 8 a.m., weather permitting. The Customer Service call center will also open at 8 a.m. to assist with passenger information and customer service for those using A-train service.

6:20p Fort Worth police say they have received multiple reports that all major overpasses are treacherous due to re-freezing. Please avoid these interchanges. - WFAA.com Staff

6:15p The Trinty/DeSoto football game has been rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday in Waco at Waco ISD Stadium.

Tickets at the gate will be $8 for adults and $5 for students, and parking will be $5; ticket booths will open at 11:30 a.m. All pre-sold tickets for Allen Eagle Stadium will be honored at Waco ISD Stadium. Those who have purchased pre-sale tickets but won’t be able to attend Monday’s game will be able to receive a refund Wednesday, December 11th through Wednesday, December 18th at the Pennington Field Ticket Office.

5:44p Denton County 5 p.m. winter weather update

Through nearly impassible neighborhood, bridges with several inches of solidified sleet, and ice-pockmarked freeways, it took nearly three hours for a News 8 crew to travel from Grapevine to Denton.

Many truckers found themselves stranded, unable to deliver their loads.

Tyler Levron tried to beat the storm from Iowa. He said his boss is not happy he didn't make it.

"I guess he's not," he says, "because we aren't making any money."

Denton police report very few accidents, saying people stayed of the roads. Police say an iced-over bridge at Interstate-35E at mile marker 475 (between Milam Rd & 156 into Sanger), however, backed up traffic for six miles and caused drivers to sit for hours.

Amir Alwani said based on news reports, he thought the roads look fine.

"Not too bad," he said.

It still took him three hours to drive from Coppell to Decatur. - News 8's Janet St. James

5:24p All locations/colleges in the Dallas County Community College District will be closed on Saturday because of inclement weather and final exams will be rescheduled.

4:57p MedStar reports they are responding to more calls as the day goes on. They averaged 10.5 calls per hour from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, 16.25 calls per hour from 8 a.m. to noon, and 22.75 calls per hour from noon to 4 p.m.

4:55p The City of Dallas has issued an update on several city services as of Friday afternoon Some highlights pulled directly from the release:

  • The Emergency Operations Center remains open and staffed and is monitoring and coordinating all impacts of the Winter Weather Event. The EOC is scheduled to remain open through 6:00 p.m. Friday depending on the situation. There are currently no shelters open within the City that are being managed by the City or the American Red Cross. An announcement about shelters will come in the next hour.
  • The Department of Street Services continues its sanding operations Ice Force Level 1 (approximately 35 sanding trucks and 100 personnel).  There has been a steady stream of icing calls throughout the city. The weather forecasts suggests that the precipitation has ceased; however due to falling temperatures, downed tree calls are on the rise (mainly limbs in the roadway).  Street Services has begun efforts (coordinating with other City departments) to address an increase in downed tree calls.  Chainsaw crews are mobilized throughout the City to clear the roadways to ensure mobility.  These crews will continue to focus on debris removal during daylight hours to ensure safety of personnel and motorist alike.
  • Due to hazardous weather conditions, Sanitation Services will not be performing residential collections services today, Friday December 6, 2013.     Additionally, current weather conditions are not expected to improve until late Sunday afternoon; therefore, delayed collections will not take place this weekend.
    We understand that some Friday customers may need collections services before next Friday.   Sanitation Services is asking Friday customers who need service, to leave out their refuse and recycling through next week and if conditions and resources permit Sanitation Services will attempt to make those collections by end of day Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday residential collections will follow normal schedule next week.
  • Due to this week’s storm event Code Compliance will be suspending the issuance of citations for early set-out of storm related brush. Additionally, Code Compliance will suspend the issuance of citations for residential roll-carts left out as a result of Friday’s missed collections.

4:45p Hulen Mall, Stonebriar Centre, The Parks at Arlington, and Town East Mall will all close at 5 p.m. Friday.

The Dallas Theatre Center has announced the performance of A Christmas Carol Friday night at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is cancelled.

The Nasher Sculpture Center will be closed Saturday.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Celebration concert is cancelled Friday. Patrons ticketed to attend Friday's performance are invited to attend another scheduled performance of Christmas Celebration or any other Dallas Symphony Holidays Full of Wonder concert, Dec. 7-31, 2013. Ticketed patrons should call the Guest Services Center box office at 214.692.0203 for an expedited exchange into the performance of their choice.

The Texas Ballet Theater cancelled Friday night's performance of The Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House. At this time, Saturday and Sunday performances will proceed as planned. For exchanges or refunds, contact the AT&T Performing Arts Center box office at 214.880.0202. - WFAA.com Staff

4:40p Managers of the Horseshoe Project in Dallas warn of temporary closures on bridges and ramps on Interstate-30 and Interstate-35E near downtown Dallas Friday afternoon and night to de-ice and clean up bridges, ramps, and roadways. Motorists are encourage to use caution and expect possible delays in this area throughout the evening. - WFAA.com Staff

4:34p D/FW International Airport has issued a winter storm update. Here are highlights from the release, sent by DFW Senior Manager of Public Affairs David Magaña:

  • Airlines have cancelled over 750 departures scheduled for Friday, December 6 from DFW Airport. That figure represents about 90 percent of the Friday flight schedule.
  • The Airport’s de-icing facilities are operational and the airlines are conducting de-icing operations for every departure.
    DFW Airfield Operations crews are plowing, treating and monitoring the runways, ramps and taxiways on the airfield. DFW has maintained runway capacity sufficient to satisfy the demand for airline departures with at least one runway remaining open throughout the day.
  • DFW advises motorists making their way to the Airport to exercise extreme caution as they drive. Roads around the Airport are passable but hardening ice and treacherous conditions are reported on roadways, bridges and overpasses. Traffic into the south entrance of the Airport is building due to hardening ice, specifically on the Texas-183/Texas-360 entrance ramp to the Airport. DFW Department of Public Safety police patrols are assisting Fort Worth Police in providing traffic control for the area.
  • DFW is also advising passengers about 15-minute wait times for taxicab service because of the difficult driving conditions. The Airport is working to accommodate passengers via ride share and other ground transportation options.
  • Inside the Airport terminals, DFW Customer Service teams are monitoring checkpoints and Customs as well as passenger activity, and will provide assistance as needed. In addition to a full slate of available concessions outlets throughout the Airport, DFW has brought in extra supplies to distribute for free to passengers, including water, snacks, and even coloring books for kids. The Airport also provided entertainers and is working to utilize additional space for accommodating passengers with disrupted travel plans.
    In anticipation of having to host travelers once again tonight on an overnight basis, some DFW concessionaires will remain open around the clock tonight.

4:24p Southbound Interstate-35 is shut down at miles marker 475 (between Milam Rd & 156 into Sanger) due to icing on the hill. Backup now extends for nearly six miles. Please avoied the area. - Denton Police Dept.

Click here to watch our 4 p.m. update on conditions in Denton County.

3:52p Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is urging people to offer shelter to those without power Friday night, noting that it's uncertain how long it will take to restore electrical service. Jenkins said it is dangerous for people to spend the night in a home without electricity as outside temperatures are forecast in the teens. - WFAA's Jason Whitely

3:21p The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning that had been scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Friday. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for much of the WFAA viewing area, as wind chill values are forecast from -10 degrees to 0, and actual temperatures fall to the single digits in some locations. Motorists are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary due to the danger of icy roads and highways. - National Weather Service

3:16p DART's light rail service continues to be suspended because of weather conditions. The transit agency is using buses to carry passengers from station to station. There are also delays on TRE and DCTA trains due to frozen switches. Most services are not running on schedule. - DART

3:13p Irving police say southbound lanes of Loop 12 are closed south of Shady Grove Road, where all traffic must exit. Sand trucks are on the way. - Twitter

3:04p Dallas police are shutting down eastbound and westbound lanes linking LBJ Freeway with North Central Expressway at the High Five interchange. In addition, lanes from LBJ to northbound and southbound Interstate 35E area closing due to icing. - Twitter

2:43p Fort Worth police note that ice is forming on moving vehicles. "Please don't drive unless absolutely necessary," they advise. - Twitter

2:35p Coppell police report that the westbound lanes of LBJ Freeway at Royal Lane are being shut down due to ice accumulation. Road crews are trying to find a plow to clear the highway. - Twitter

2:32p DFW Airport is distributing water, snacks and coloring books to stranded passengers. - WFAA

2:28p SMU football coach June Jones tweets that Saturday's game between the Mustangs and UCF will be played  as scheduled at 11 a.m. at Ford Stadium. "#PonyUp & #BundleUp," he said.  - WFAA

2:18p Saturday's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Burnett Park in Fort Worth has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Donations can be made at the organization's website. - WFAA

1:44p Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport says airlines have canceled more than 680 Friday departures, representing about 80 percent of DFW's regular schedule. A limited number of flights were able to operate during the storm, and crews are keeping at least one runway open for traffic. Travelers or those scheduled to meet arriving passengers are advised to check with their airline before leaving for the airport. Allow plenty of extra time due to poor road conditions.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins said there were between 80 and 100 flights canceled at Dallas Love Field on Friday morning. "It appears that we're going to be operating most of our schedule this afternoon," he added.

1:11p The temperature won't actually go above freezing until Sunday afternoon, so much of the ice we have right now will stick around for the weekend. Road conditions on neighborhood streets and minor roadways will remain poor through at least Saturday morning. Conditions on the interstates, state highways and frequently-used secondary roads will improve through Saturday as friction from multiple vehicles will wear down most of the ice or slush. - Meteorologist Ashton Altieri

12:46p The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has been canceled. "Safety of our participants, as well as our volunteers and spectators, is our primary concern on MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race weekend," read a statement from marathon organizers. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo was also canceled. - WFAA

12:38p MedStar has received 42 crash calls and 10 calls of people who have fallen. According to MedStar, the two who were injured earlier when a carport collapsed are in stable condition.  - WFAA

12:32p A portion of the Pier 121 Marina in Lewisville has collapsed on top of boats in dock. - WFAA

12:29p Roads were so bad on I-30 it took about an hour to get from Arlington to Fort Worth. - News 8's Teresa Woodard

12:25p The Fort Worth Mixmaster is open now after wrecks and stuck vehicles blocked much of it throughout the morning. - News 8's Jim Douglas

12:09p Conditions in Denton remain slick, especially at I-35 and Highway 380. City crews have assisted about 60 drivers stranded in ice. - News 8's Marcus Moore

12:07p The largest concentration of power outages remains in Dallas and Collin counties. The number of outages has once again dropped and is now at 220,000. - WFAA.com

11:53a Tonight's Santa's Helpers event at Cedar Hill has been canceled. A phone bank will be set up later in the evening. - WFAA.com

11:49a The widespread winter precipitation has ended across the immediate D-FW area for today. Another round of wintry mix comes Saturday night through Sunday morning. We picked up 1 to 4 inches of sleet across the D-FW area. The wind chill is in the single and double digits. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

11:30a WFAA producer Meagan Harris captured raw video as her United Airlines flight landed at D/FW Airport. She said it looked icy, but the landing was smooth.

11:19a The number of power outages in the D-FW area has gone down from 267,000 to 241,000, reported Kris Spears, a spokesman with Oncor. - WFAA.com

11:15a Crews with the city of Fort Worth have worked 234 accidents since the ice storm. While it appears some of the ice has started to melt, the Fort Worth Mixmaster remains icy. However, there hasn't been much traffic. - News 8's Jim Douglas

11:10a Some spots across North Texas have seen over 3 inches of sleet. Temperatures tonight will be in the teens across the D-FW area. It will be the coldest night since the Super Bowl of February 2011. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

11:06a Saturday's scheduled Old Town Holiday Stroll in Lewisville has been canceled due to the weather.

11:01a Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to 37 vehicle accidents between midnight and 10 a.m. There were 111 calls of utility wires down. - News 8's Sebastian Robertson

10:38a Rescue crews said a tree collapsed on a woman at Frankford Road and the Dallas North Tollway in North Dallas. Her condition is unknown. - WFAA

10:35a American Airlines has canceled nearly 1,000 flights at DFW International Airport. There will be no departures until after 1:30 p.m. so workers can clear the runways. - WFAA's Jason Whitely

10a Drive on Highway 114 in Southlake very icy. I've seen many stranded cars. The bridge at White Chapel was not passable. - News 8's Janet St. James

9:55a Another collapsed carport at the Gates Apartments in Allen. - WFAA.com

9:48a MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo has announced the event will be delayed until 2 p.m. Officials discouraged participants from driving on the icy roads Friday to pick up their race packets. - WFAA.com

9:40a Road conditions continue to look bad at the Fort Worth Mixmaster. In fact, it appears to have gotten worse as more people hit the roads. Looking westbound on I-30 going into Fort Worth, only about one lane is getting by. It's been blocked for similar reasons all morning. - News 8's Jim Douglas

9:37a Power that was shut off in a five-mile radius around a blaze that broke out in front of the Joule Hotel was restored by 8 a.m. Dallas Fire-Rescue reports no one was injured in the three-alarm fire in downtown Dallas, but there was some damage to the hotel's facade.

9:20a The weather models essentially agree that what is left of the freezing rain and sleet will end before noon in the DFW area. Any additional accumulation of ice/sleet will be minimal but because temperatures will stay below freezing for another 50 hours (through Sunday afternoon), most of the ice on the ground in North Texas will not melt. Therefore travel will remain difficult in some areas through much of the weekend.  In addition, since the ice won’t melt any time soon, power lines will continue to feel the strain of ice weighing them down so additional power outages are possible. – Meteorologist Ashton Altieri

9:18a Arlington police say a driver died Friday after his car hit a stopped truck during inclement weather. The Texas Department of Public Safety says a 34-year-old Lubbock man died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on icy roads near Smyer Francisco Javier Alvizo was dead at the scene. - Associated Press

8:57a Westbound I-30 is clogged with stranded cars and trucks trying to make it up the highway incline into Fort Worth. A few cars are getting through. Above them, the ramp onto I-35W south is blocked by a stranded 18-wheeler getting a tow. - News 8's Jim Douglas

8:50a Two people have been injured after a carport collapsed in the 4100 block of Valentine Street in Fort Worth. The leg of one of the injured people became stuck underneath the carport. They have both been transported to a nearby hospital. - WFAA.com

8:40a D/FW Airport canceled more than 300 flights this morning. - News 8's Shon Gables

8:37a Traffic trouble spots:

  • WB I-30 TO HWY 287 CLOSED
  • I-30 WB to SB I-35W CLOSED
  • SB I-35W TO I-30 ICY
  • EB HWY 183 TO NB 161 CLOSED
  • NB 287 TO WB I-20 ICY

8:08a The Fort Worth Mixmaster has been a trouble spot all morning long. Drivers were having trouble on I-30 going into downtown Fort Worth, where a car crashed into a wall. To the north, traffic has come to a halt on the ramp from westbound I-30 to southbound I-35. Fort Worth police have responded to about 230 accidents since the ice storm began.  - News 8's Jim Douglas

8:06a More sleet accumulations: Little Elm 3.5"; Decatur 2.25"; Grayson 2"; Keller 1.8"; Gainesville 1.5".

7:59a It's still sleeting in Grapevine. Using a measuring stick, some of the icy mix has been measured at 2-feet deep, and that's with ice on the under side. - News 8's Janet St. James

7:50a The NTTA has been using snow plows to clear the wintry mix from roadways, said Michael Rey, a spokesman with NTTA. Next, trucks covered the roads with de-icer and sand for traction. It's what's beneath the slush that can make the roads tricky, he said. "We're getting the roadways as good as they can get," Rey said. - WFAA

7:40a Freezing rain and sleet will continue through mid-morning but will end by noon in the D-FW area. Some areas in Denton County like Little Elm have seen 3.5” of sleet while Dallas has seen .3” of ice since late Thursday. Temperatures will not reach above freezing today and therefore roads will remain icy and slick even after the precipitation ends. After today’s event, the next wave of freezing rain and sleet will develop over North Texas during the afternoon on Saturday.

7:39a Oncor reports that 240,000 customers are now dealing with power outages as a result of the ice storm.

7:30a Fire crews said a fire that blew through a manhole cover in front of the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas was sparked by an overloaded transformer. Power was turned off in a five-block area as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

7:20a Latest ice accumulations:

  • FORT WORTH .4"
  • DALLAS .3"
  • FORT WORTH .4"

7:12a City of Fort Worth offices closed. - WFAA.com

6:37a Drivers are finding road conditions difficult at I-35 and 380 split in Denton County. At least five vehicles have become stranded in the area. The Denton County Police Department warned that's the case across Denton. However, there have been many Good Samaritans who have stopped  and helped stranded drivers. - News 8's Marcus Moore

6:36a There is currently no DART Rail service. Stations will be served by buses. - DART

6:33a A two-vehicle crash that killed one early this morning was likely related to weather conditions, reported Tiara Ellis Richard, with the Arlington Police Department. Police identified the driver killed in the accident as 29-year-old Chase Brandenburgh, of Arlington. The crash occurred at 12:15 a.m. on I-20 near Cooper Street. Richard said Brandenburgh was headed eastbound on I-20 when he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was parked on the shoulder. Police said part of the 18-wheeler was in the outside lane of traffic. - Marjorie Owens, WFAA.com

6:30a The A-Train Commuter Rail in Denton County is experiencing "significant delays" that are expected to continue throughout the morning. The UNT Shuttle, NCTC Shuttle and DCTA Connect bus service will not operate. - WFAA.com

6:25a There are now about 170,000 without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to Chris Spears, a spokesman with Oncor. - WFAA.com

6a Radar continues to show light to moderate freezing rain and sleet over most of North Texas. The exception is areas southeast of D-FW, like Corsicana and Palestine where it's a cold rain. We expect precipitation to continue through at least mid-morning. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:55a Oncor just gave an update on the blaze that broke through a manhole cover in front of the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. According to Oncor, the fire broke out in an underground electric vault that houses electrical equipment. Oncor disconnected power to a five-block area around the blaze in the 1600 block of Main Street.

5:41a Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 80 flights, 42 of which were scheduled to depart out of Dallas Love Field. - WFAA.com

5:30a City of Dallas has delayed opening until 10 a.m. Street Services continues to operate at Ice Force One, with 38 trucks and 100 staffers. - WFAA.com

5:30a More sleet falling in Denton. - News 8's Marcus Moore

5:25a Stranded at the airport early this morning, people are sleeping at D/FW Airport as 500 American Airlines flights canceled. - News 8's Shon Gables

5:08a Power was turned off in the 1600 block of Main Street in downtown Dallas after a fire burst through a manhole cover in downtown Dallas. It's contained to an electrical vault.

5a About 120,000 are without power, said Chris Spears, a spokesman with Oncor, reported this morning. Most of those outages are in Collin and Dallas counties. - WFAA.com

4:39a The 30 eastbound ramp to 35W is blocked by several vehicles in Fort Worth. - News 8's Jim Douglas

4a Firefighters are at the scene where a fire has burst through a manhole in front of the Joule Hotel on Main Street in downtown Dallas. Officials said the fire is a result of ice leading to a blown transformer underground. - WFAA.com

3:30a Ice has covered the Collin County area. Ice was so heavy at one Plano apartment complex that a carport collapsed on top of parked cars. - News 8's Steve Stoler

2:57a Temperatures have begun to fall again as colder air is blowing in from the north, and the rain has transitioned back to sleet and freezing rain for all areas in the metroplex, except for much of Dallas County and points south and east. But as the freeze line continues advancing to the SE, the cold rain will turn to ice. All areas in the metroplex will be in the 20s for the morning commute. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

2:51a Power outages in the DFW area continue to climb. Oncor is now reporting over 73,000 customers are in the dark as of 2:30 a.m.


10:56p 10 p.m. Denton County Weather Update

Sleet started falling in Denton County late Thursday afternoon and isn’t predicted to end until noon on Friday.

Accumulation of sleet and ice ranges from a dusting to a half-inch as of Thursday night.

Interstate 35 had very little traffic as night fell Thursday. The freeway surface is slushy and slow, but still passable.

Sleet and ice have accumulated on bridges and overpasses, making them more treacherous. On Loop 288 over I-35 just north of Denton, there was a half-inch of accumulation Thursday night.

Denton police responded to 39 minor vehicle wrecks, two major ones, and 11 calls for motorist assistance between noon and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, said Ofc. Ryan Grelle.

At least three shelters are set up in Denton County. Two are in Denton and one is in Sanger. The Salvation Army and Denton Bible Church have shelters in Denton for the homeless and local residents.

The Red Cross has a shelter for stranded motorists at First United Methodist Church in Sanger, Ofc. Grelle said.

Schools and many businesses are closed on Friday and with precipitation predicted to fall through noon on Friday and the temperature forecasted to stay below freezing, the situation in Denton likely won’t improve anytime soon. - News 8's Jason Whitely

10:51p 10 p.m. Collin County Weather Update


Roads in Collin County are under constant watch by NTTA. It started fully deploying salt and sand at roughly 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.

NTTA says it has enough supply for a multi-day weather event. A spokesperson says the 2011 ice storm during the Super Bowl has been set as the benchmark.

Crews are closely watching Highway 75 at the Sam Rayburn Tollway. It is also keeping a close eye on the Sam Rayburn Tollway at the Dallas North Tollway.

A spokesperson stresses that if you see an NTTA truck in the roadway, please keep a safe distance from it. Give yourself at least 50 feet clearance from any truck dispersing sand or salt. And that's not just for your protection as a driver, but also for crews working the field. - News 8's Jobin Panicker

10:20p Little Elm ISD, Duncanville ISD, Royse City ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Sherman ISD, and Cleburne ISD will be closed Friday.

Click here for more closings and cancellations.

10:16p 10 p.m. Tarrant County Weather Update


Sleet intensified around 8 p.m. in Tarrant County.

Fort Worth police worked more than 200 accidents Thursday afternoon and into the night.

Highway 287 saw some of the worst, including flipped-over vehicles. 

Fort Worth city work crews will have 30 trucks and 50 employees hitting city streets over the next 24 hours. - News 8's Todd Unger

10:12p All Dallas County Community College District campuses will be closed Friday.

Click here for more closings and cancellations.

9:59p 10 p.m. Dallas County Weather Update


Most of the highways and roadways through Dallas remained passable as of 10 p.m. Thursday, as the bulk of the precipitation that fell here was rain. But wet conditions have the potential to turn into sheets of ice overnight.  And more freezing precipitation is in the forecast.

The City of Dallas activated its “Ice Force One” late Thursday afternoon, with 35 sanding trucks and about 100 staff members prepared to work 12-hour shifts through the weekend. If ice develops and conditions worsen, the second level “Ice Force Two,” which would double equipment and manpower, will be activated.

TxDOT deployed several trucks to scout the conditions throughout Dallas, finding some trouble on I-635 near I-30.

The city’s interim director of the Department of Street Services, Dennis Ware told the public to stay home Friday, if at all possible.

“If you don’t have to get out, do not get out,” he said.

While the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade has been canceled for Saturday, the city said it is in constant communication with organizers and promoters of the Dallas Marathon, still scheduled to run Sunday morning.

“We want to give the race every opportunity to occur, yet being mindful to what the weather may bring us,” said Deputy Chief Michael Genovesi of the Dallas Police Department.

He said the course will be evaluated several times between now and race time, with a final call coming no later than Saturday.

“Our primary interest in making sure that event, if it goes off, is done safely," he said. "Public safety will be our guiding concern.” - News 8's Teresa Woodard

9:49p The NTTA has issued a release about road conditions as of 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Some highlights, copied directly from the release:

  • The NTTA’s snow and ice response plan is currently at FULL STRENGTH. Maintenance and Command Center crews will stay at high alert throughout the duration of the winter weather event.
  • Crews are also focusing on areas likely to ice-over first, such as bridges, overpasses, and the major interchanges (Dallas North Tollway at President George Bush Turnpike, DNT at Sam Rayburn Tollway, PGBT at IH-35, PGBT at IH-635, and PGBT at IH-30).
  • All NTTA roads are open. There are no roadway/ramp closures to report at this time.

9:36p Mesquite ISD, Prosper ISD, Everman ISD, and DeSoto ISD will be closed Friday.

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9:33p Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, MedStar reports they have responded to 22 crashes, four falls, and 26 weather-related incidents of 163 total incidents. They fielded over 81 calls per hour during that time.

9:31p The ramp from westbound I-20 to southbound Highway 67 has been closed due to an accident. Seek alternate route.

9:26p D/FW International Airport has just released an update on flight cancelations:

"As of this evening, airlines have cancelled about 175 departures scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from DFW Airport, primarily evening departures.

Friday morning, airlines have announced the preemptive cancellation of another 200 flights, mainly in the early morning hours.  As of now, that represents about 20 percent of the Friday departure schedule at DFW.

DFW Airport advises all passengers with flights or those meeting flights to check with their airlines for the latest flight information, or check the Flight Information page at www.dfwairport.com/flights or by downloading the Official DFW Airport Mobile App."

Click here check flight statuses at Love Field and click here to check flight statuses at D/FW through WFAA.com.

9:23p Garland ISD and Wylie ISD will be closed Friday.

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9:15p Richardson ISD, Rockwall ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD will be closed Friday.

9:05p Lancaster ISD and Allen ISD will be closed Friday.

8:59p Plano ISD, Weatherford ISD, and Azle ISD will be closed Friday.

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8:53p Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD will be closed Friday.

8:28p Coppell ISD will be closed Friday.

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8:15p A major winter storm has already started to affect parts of North Texas Thursday night. A band of cold rain has transitioned into a mixture of sleet and freezing rain as temperatures have dropped below freezing. With yet another band of precipitation expected to move across the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight, conditions are not expected to improve.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for North Texas including the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area until 6:00 p.m. Friday. Ice accumulations of 0.25-0.50” are expected and will impact area roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses. Sleet accumulations of 0.25-0.50” can be expected as well. The farther north you travel, the worse conditions will be.

Freezing rain and sleet will persist this evening and into the overnight hours. A disturbance will move through overnight and precipitation intensity will pick up. Accumulations of ice will continue on area roadways and elevated surfaces such as trees, signs, and grass. Overpasses and bridges will need to be monitored closely.

Friday morning will prove to be hazardous to commuters. Ice accumulations can be expected on roads, bridges, and overpasses. Temperatures will hover in the 20s Friday afternoon. That means any icy spots will stay put and may continue to cause problems over the weekend even if additional precipitation is lacking.

Freezing rain and sleet will come to a close Friday afternoon. However, very cold temperatures will stick around. Lows will fall into the upper teens by Saturday morning. A couple disturbances will move through Saturday and Sunday, keeping a slight chance of sleet and freezing rain in the forecast. However, it will not be widespread as seen on Friday.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area will remain below freezing through most of the weekend. Sunday’s high temperatures may just make it above the 32-degree mark.- Meteorologist Colleen Coyle

8:06p Forney ISD will be closed Friday and all district activities scheduled for Friday are canceled.

8:00p Keller ISD will be closed Friday and all district activities scheduled for Friday are canceled.

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7:53p The City of Dallas has released a winter weather update. Here it is in full:

"City offices will be open for business tomorrow.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center opened at a Level 3 – Increased Readiness at 6:00 PM this evening. Increased Readiness means that the City is staffing from critical City Departments and partnered agencies in an effort to monitor and stay aware of the immediate winter weather threat. Activation staffing includes at minimum the following departments and agencies: Office of Emergency Management, Streets Services, Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire-Rescue, American Red Cross, Oncor, Dallas Water Utilities, and Trinity Watershed Management. OEM has identified potential sites that can be quickly opened as shelters should the need for sheltering arise. The EOC stands ready to support the needs of the City in response to this Winter Weather event and also to assist in monitoring and coordination of the special events planned for this weekend.

The Department of Street Services has sanded its first route.  Icing has begun in the southwest quadrant of the City @ 8800 blk of Camp Wisdom Rd.  All sanding units are on high alert as the actual sanding efforts have begun.  Street services began its sanding operations Ice Force Level 1 (approximately 35 sanding trucks and 100 personnel) today, December 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

Sanitation Services is monitoring road conditions closely for impacts to residential collection operations.   If conditions are unsafe your service may be delayed or postponed.  Sanitation transfer station operations and the McCommas Bluff Landfill are scheduled to be open.

The Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park will be closed Friday and Saturday."

7:40p Fort Worth police have shut down the ramps from westbound I-20 to north and southbound I-35W due to ice. There is also an accident in the area causing backup.

The ramp from westbound I-30 to southbound I-35W in Fort Worth is closed due to an accident.

Seek alternate routes.

7:33p Denton ISD will be closed Friday.

Lewisville ISD will be closed Friday.

7:27p Arlington ISD will be closed Friday and all Saturday events and activities have been canceled.

Carroll ISD will also be closed Friday and all Saturday events and activities have been canceled.

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7:09p Fort Worth ISD will be closed Friday, Saturday school classes and all other district events scheduled for the weekend are canceled. Classes and other activities will resume Monday.

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6:27p Anna ISD will be closed Friday.

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6:26p The ramp from southbound Highway 161 to westbound Highway 183 is closing due to a multiple car accident and icing. Seek alternate routes.

6:19p Irving ISD will be closed Friday and all events canceled. Updates will be posted at this link.

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6:18p From Southwest Airlines: "Due to anticipated operational conditions, Southwest Airlines has proactively canceled nearly 80 flights systemwide on Friday, Dec 6 due to weather; 42 of those flights are scheduled departures out of Dallas Love Field. For context, Southwest Airlines had 3,200 flights scheduled to operate systemwide today."

5:55p Radar picture remains largely unchanged right now with light freezing rain over mainly the northern half of the DFW area. Light ice accumulation will continue on elevated surfaces (like trees, vehicles, light poles, etc). But as temperatures continue to drop below freezing, very light ice accumulations will start occurring on roadways (even the major roadways) by around midnight tonight. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:46p The City of Dallas will be open Friday.

5:43p Maypearl ISD school openings will be delayed until at least 10 a.m. Friday.

5:35p Highland Park ISD schools will be closed Friday. Click here for a list of HPISD events scheduled for Dec. 5-7 and whether or not they will be held.

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5:30p At 9 p.m. [Thursday], sleet and freezing rain is on top of us. From midnight until 6 a.m., we will have widespread freezing rain and sleet across the area; mainly rain to the east and the southeast of Dallas. It all ends by noon tomorrow and we could pick up a quarter- to a third-, maybe in some places a half-inch of ice across North Texas by the time it's all said and done by tomorrow at midday -- higher amounts to the north and lower amounts to the south. And then we'll have round No. 2 that will move in for the weekend. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:18p Northwest ISD will be closed Friday. Friday and Saturday district events and activities will also be canceled or rescheduled.

Fort Worth ISD has not announced any closure information at this time.

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5:16p Saturday's Dallas Children's Parade has been canceled. It is the first time the event has been canceled in its 26-year history.

"We simply don't want to put the health and well-being of the people we serve at risk," said parade spokesperson Lori Waggoner.

4:47p Virtually everyone around the D-FW area is now at or below freezing. As rain falls this evening and makes contact with subfreezing surfaces, ice will accumulate first on cars, bridges and overpasses. The worst conditions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be late this evening through early tomorrow. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

4:28p Dallas ISD classes canceled. Click here for more closings and cancellations.

4:18p Gov. Perry issues Emergency Winter Storm Proclamation: Click here to read.

3:19p The Dallas Zoo will be closed Friday and Saturday.

3:05p The City of Dallas has gone into "Ice Force One" as they ready the streets for ice, said Dennis Ware, with the Department of Street Services. Ware said 35 sand trucks are out on the streets and 100 staffers are on call.

According to police, the Dallas MetroPCS Marathon and the 26th annual Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade is still a go for now. - WFAA.com

2:56p The Parade of Lights in Grapevine has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. - Mona Q. Burk, City of Grapevine

2:55p Radar is showing a large area of precipitation gradually moving south into the D-FW area. Several locations have reported freezing rain and sleet mixing in with cold rain. Most of the ice accumulation we have seen so far has been on elevated surfaces like cars, rooftops and trees. But, watch for ice, especially on bridges and overpasses. This is not the "main event." There will be an entirely different round of freezing rain and sleet that develops overnight. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

2p Friday Duncanville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting canceled. It's rescheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Click here for more closings and cancellations. - WFAA.com

12:30p A light rain and drizzle has begun falling across Dallas and Fort Worth. And, we're seeing a little bit of sleet and freezing rain to the north and west. Temperatures in the D-FW area are still above freezing. The precipitation will initially be all rain, but then will make a changeover. The freezing rain and sleet will first develop at about 10 p.m. in the northwest areas. By midnight, and heading into the early morning hours tomorrow, we'll get that changeover. We'll still have that rain, but mixed in with freezing rain. It appears we'll have an accumulation of ice, with the worst hitting after midnight and through the morning rush.  - Meteorologist Greg Fields

12:21p Denton ISD evening activities canceled. Click here for more closings and cancellations.

12:15p Dallas police, city officials and others with the MetroPCS Marathon are meeting to discuss weather. Updates are expected to be announced at 5 p.m.

12:08p Cleburne ISD has a delayed start of 10 a.m. Click here for more closings and cancellations.

12:06p The McKinney Holiday Member Showcase and Reception is rescheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Click here for more closings and cancellations.

11:55a To clarify: Ice will not be an issue today in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This evening is when it develops in the metroplex and the problems will begin overnight and tomorrow morning. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

11:45a Texas Woman's University closes at 1 p.m. today and will be closed Friday. The university said a decision on Saturday will be made later.

11:44a Alvarado ISD opening at 10 a.m.

11:43a The University of North Texas closes at 1 p.m. today.

11:23a The T is planning regular operations in the event of icing on bus routes on Thursday, Dec. 5 through Saturday Dec. 7, although passengers should expect slight delays to accommodate road conditions. The Trinity Railway Express also is preparing to follow its regular weekday and Saturday schedules, plus two  extra eastbound and one extra westbound train on Saturday for the Children’s Medical Center Parade in Dallas. - Joan Hunter, spokeswoman with The T (Fort Worth Transportation Authority)

11:13a The new data sets are coming in and they continue to confirm that the Dallas-Fort Worth area will become entombed in ice tonight into early tomorrow morning. Rain will be falling while temperatures are in the 20s, freezing solid on impact. Winds will be gusting over 20 mph, which will take down tree limbs, sending them into power lines. Upper-level winds are amplifying into a full-blown McFarland, which will send temperatures into the teens by Saturday morning with single digits along the Red River. This is going to be dangerous, folks. Bottom Line: Prepare for this storm! - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

11:07a Denton County has started pre-treatment of roads on I-35, I-35W, LP 288, SH 114 and US 380. - TxDOT

9:45a American Airlines and American Eagle have proactively canceled nearly 500 flights in and out of the D/FW Airport through 11 a.m. Friday. The airlines implemented a travel policy (listed below) to allow customers flexibility in making their travel arrangements due to the weather.

Customers ticketed to travel on AA flights to or from the airports may change flights as shown below. If you are traveling from Dec. 3-7 to, through or from: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW); Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA); Oklahoma City, OK (OKC); Tulsa, OK (TUL) and your ticket was issued no later than: December 04 you may travel: December 4-10. The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change. To change travel dates, contact our Reservations personnel at 1-800-433-7300 within the United States or Canada. - American Airlines