DALLAS -- Drivers in North Texas faced tough road conditions this morning as a winter weather advisory was extended until noon for most of North Texas, including all of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
A rare thundersnow woke up many as it boomed in the early morning hours.
The widespread sleet and snow started to taper off in the Dallas-Fort Worth area around 9 a.m., with the system moving to the east. A freezing drizzle and some snow flakes would likely continue to hit some areas sporadically in North Texas until about noon.
Dozens of accidents were reported across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The command center at TxDOT said sand trucks focused on four major areas hit by the wintry mix:
- 138 and 161
- High Five Interchange
- 114 and MacArthur
- 35 and Woodall Rodgers
The High Five Interchange was one trouble spot for drivers. A stalled car temporarily shut down an interchange ramp from North Central Expressway onto Interstate 635. However, it wasn't the only ramp that was a problem, as the interchange was backed with halted traffic as drivers maneuvered carefully on the slick roads.
The ramps were shut down several times as sand trucks covered the interchange.
Another trouble spot was reported on an exit ramp from northbound Interstate 35E to 121 south towards Fort Worth and 121 north towards McKinney in Denton County. The exits were shut down for a short time as ice covered the ramp. It was re-opened, but traffic was still backed up.
At 7 a.m., Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport reported 40 departure cancellations and more delays as planes are de-iced. Dallas Love Field reported there were also cancellations.
An Oncor spokesperson reported only 30 residents without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as of 8:30 a.m.