Snow For Some as Storm Moves Out

Emergency teams prepare for winter storm

By Frank Heinz and Lita Beck
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:29 PM CDT
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Hotel rooms filled up just south of the Texas-Oklahoma border with people escaping the bad weather to the north.
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The heavy rain moved out of North Texas by midday Friday. An upper level disturbance tracked to the north and west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area bringing light snow to parts of North Texas.

Most areas in North Texas received between 2 inches and 3 inches of rain Thursday and Friday. And snow flurries were spotted in Fort Worth and Dallas on Friday night.

The Red River area also saw some light snow Friday.

In the Metroplex, most of the rain has run off of elevated areas and roadways. But low-lying areas where water accumulates could freeze overnight.

All the rain created some sewer problems in Fort Worth. Three lines overflowed Wednesday, spilling thousands of gallons of sewage into Lake Arlington, the Walker Branch Creek and the west fork of the Trinity River.

Water department officials said the rainwater was diluting the sewage. Crews spent much of Friday cleaning up and are monitoring pollution levels.

Stephenville saw some wind damage from Thursday's fast-moving storm. A nursing home was evacuated after straight line winds tore off a section if its roof. The 24 residents were taken to a nursing home in another town, Stephenville Police Chief Roy Halsell said. No one was injured.

But conditions were much worse to the north. The storm dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain on Oklahoma and the southern Plains, disrupting power to tens of thousands of Oklahoma homes and businesses and shutting down major highways.

Hotel rooms filled up just south of the Texas-Oklahoma border with Oklahomans who came south to escape the storm and travelers who were headed north but couldn't get through.

Kathie Nielsen, who was supposed to be visiting her son in Oklahoma City, instead spent Friday night at a Holiday Inn Express in Gainesville. At the hotel, she has electricity, unlike her son.

"Life is good," she said. "We're safe. We will see him tomorrow."

In North Texas on Thursday night, road crews kept a close eye on road conditions -- and the temperature. Because of the steady rain, Texas Department of Transportation crews did not pretreat the roads. Rain would simply wash away the de-icer, TxDOT said.

"When it's raining, it makes it very difficult for us to do anything until we start hearing about freezing conditions," said Mark Pettit of TxDOT.

But temperatures stayed warm enough to keep roads wet instead of icy.

In North Texas, it will be windy and much colder Friday, with wind chills in the 20s all day long. The precipitation should end by midday.

Sunshine and warmer weather are expected to move in over the weekend. Most of the weekend is expected to be chilly but sunny with highs in the 40s.

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