<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:41:13 -0500 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:41:13 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Strong Storms This Evening]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:36:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David+Finfrock+2012+Formal.jpg

Scattered thunderstorms developed late Wednesday afternoon, and will move across North Texas during the evening hours.  Some storms may be strong to severe with the possibility of gusty winds and quarter size or larger hail.  

Thursday will be windy and very warm, but generally storm-free. 

A cold front will arrive Friday AM, and temperatures will be cooler for the Easter weekend.  Saturday will be sunny and cool, but a chance of rain returns Easter Sunday.

7 DAY FORECAST

TONIGHT:  Mostly cloudy, with scattered thunderstorms likely until 10 pm.  Some storms may be severe.  Low: 66.  Wind: S 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy, windy and very warm with less than a 10% chance of an isolated thunderstorm.  High: 87.  Wind: S 15-25 mph.

FRIDAY:  Cloudy in the morning, then clearing skies, windy and cooler by noon.  Low: 66.  High: 74.  Wind:  Shifting N 15-25 mph.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny and cooler.  Low: 47.  High: 67.  Wind: E 5-10 mph.

EASTER SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers.  Low: 51.  High: 63.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy, windy and warmer.  Low: 60.  High: 79.  Wind: S 15-25 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy, windy and warmer with a 30% chance for showers & thunderstorms.  Low: 66.  High: 82.  Wind: S 15-25 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers & thunderstorms.  Low: 64.  High: 80.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.



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<![CDATA[Your Storm Videos - April 1, 2015]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:29:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/River-Kayaking.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared video as storms bringing hail, heavy rain and wins came through North Texas on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Hail Storm Near Eagle Mountain Lake

Hail in Haslet

Hail Storm

Hail in Eagle Mountain Lake

Spinning Clouds

Hail in 76245

Hail in North Fort Worth

Hail

NW Tarrant Hail

Flooding From Rusty Reed

Hail From Alliance Airport

Hail From Alliance Airport Part 2


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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Parker, Wise Co.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:34:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/204*120/intrad040115-730p.JPG

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for northern Parker and southern Wise counties until 8:15 p.m. as a series of strong storms continue to develop over North Texas.

Storms earlier Wednesday left piles of hail and areas of flash flooding near Eagle Mountain Lake.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell said those in the path of these severe storms can expect winds gusting to 60 mph and the possibility of hail as large as quarters.

Lighter showers surround the storms' core, bringing heavy rain and lightning to the area.

NBC 5's team of meteorologists expect Thursday to be windy and very warm, but generally storm-free.

A cold front will arrive Friday morning and temperatures will be cooler for the Easter weekend. Saturday will be sunny and cool, but a chance of rain returns Easter Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:36:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

NBCDFW and NBC 5 offer an automated system for school and business closings and delays that can be accessed online and over the phone for school and business administrators.

Due to the size of the Metroplex, only closings and delays for schools and large businesses with more than 500 employees will air on television. The status of religious facilities, day care centers, small businesses and other establishments will only be posted on NBCDFW.com.

To register, please send an email to Sharla.Alford@nbcuni.com with the name of your institution, the main contact name, phone number and email, as well as the physical address of the school, church or business.

To see a complete listing of current closing and delays, click here.

Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information click here.

We will not sign up new clients during an inclement weather event, so please sign up before your school or business needs to use our services.



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<![CDATA[Thunder Truck on Storm Patrol]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:40:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022215+Rick+Texas+Thunder+Truck.jpg

Watch video, streaming live from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck, in the player above. Video may occasionally drop to a black screen -- this is normal and the signal will return shortly.

If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video.



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<![CDATA[Texas Sunrises & Sunsets]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:29:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunset19.JPG NBC 5 viewers send in pictures of Texas sunrises and sunsets.

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<![CDATA[Windy Thursday Has North Texans Grabbing Coats]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:25:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/windy-weather-032615.jpg A storm system that moved through North Texas overnight dropped temperatures and brought windy weather to the metroplex.

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<![CDATA[First Look at Tornado Damage in Moore]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:09:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tornado+Damage+032615.jpg Sun came up Thursday to reveal the damage caused by severe storms that spawned a tornado in Moore.

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<![CDATA[OK Tornado Damage]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:32:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tulsa_area_tornado_vod_1200x675_418343491832.jpg Violent winds from the first tornado of the season have caused major damage and one death in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. ]]> <![CDATA[Moore Storm Chaser Video]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:32:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/moore_storm_chaser_vid_1200x675_418343491699.jpg Storm chasers in Moore, Oklahoma survey the damage after a possible tornado ripped through the city Wednesday night.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO: Storms in Moore]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:13:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/moore6.JPG A possible tornado caused serious electrical problems in Moore, Oklahoma Wednesday night. Sparking electrical lines lit up the night as the severe weather moved through the area.

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<![CDATA[VIDEO: Storms in Tulsa]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:10:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/timelapse+tulsa.jpg A time lapse video from the tower cam at NBC affiliate KJRH in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Severe storms, which spawned a tornado, blew into Tulsa County, Oklahoma Wednesday evening.

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<![CDATA[Warning Sirens Ready For Spring Storms]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:29:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado+siren+storm.jpg

Emergency managers say they're ready for the chance of severe weather on Wednesday in North Texas.

That readiness includes some last minute checks on the outdoor warning sirens throughout the city.

New batteries were installed at Siren 14 on West Bonds Ranch Road in far north Fort Worth on Tuesday afternoon.

There was no siren test performed, but nearby residents were glad to know it'll be ready if there's an emergency or for the next test.

"It's a good time to teach the kids what to do in case of a tornado and we normally keep our TV on and teach them the safe spots in the house," said Destiny Anderson.

Two of the city's 149 sirens are currently offline due to significant repairs that are needed. The outdoor warning sirens are intended to get people inside and to get information. But there are other ways of being informed, including the Nixle system where you can sign-up for text and e-mail alerts.

"The best way of receiving the initial warning is still with the outdoor warning sirens, but to find out more detailed information, you need to be connected," said Juan Ortiz, with the city office of emergency management.

The text warnings don't just inform residents of what's on the weather horizon or of another disaster or emergency, but also if there's a problem with the siren system.
Six months ago several sirens malfunctioned and sounded when they weren't set to go off.

"We don't expect to have those problems again," Ortiz said.

But, he added, water damage, wind damage and lightning can cause malfunctions. So, whether it's a false alarm or something real, Ortiz says it's best to sign-up, be informed and stay prepared.

"It just takes one storm to really cause a lot of damage," he said.

The outdoor warning sirens will sound for large hail, winds stronger than 60 miles an hour or a spotted tornado.



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<![CDATA[Recent Rain Boosts North Texas Lake Levels]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:37:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LakeLevels2.jpg

The Dean family is spending their weekend camping and fishing at Joe Pool Lake. Thanks to recent heavy rain, Jason Dean likes his chances to get some bites.

"The lakes are looking a lot better," Dean said. "The rain and the snow has helped a bunch."

Although Joe Pool Lake does not historically drop as much as other area lakes, park officials said the recent levels this high are rare.

"You look back last year, the first 80 days of the year we had two inches of rain," NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James said. "So far this year, we're coming up on nine inches of rain for the first 80 days."

Rainfall totals have tended to be higher in areas south of Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Floating Restaurant Moves Due to Low Lake Levels]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:19:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FloatingRestaurant.jpg

Boon-Docks Restaurant at Eagle Mountain Lake is moving, again.

"It’s hard to say you own the largest floating restaurant in the state of Texas if it’s sitting on dirt," said Boon-Docks co-owner, Dusty Gregg.

The floating restaurant opened last Memorial Day after a major remodel.

"We’re the first place that’s been in business here that ever made it through the winter," said Gregg. "We’re really looking forward to the spring and summer."

Now with Eagle Mountain Lake more than 10 feet below normal, crews are dredging the lake bed beneath the restaurant.

“They’re just trying to keep waterfront in front of us,” said Gregg.

Crews first floated the restaurant away from shore more than a week ago, and then allowed the restaurant to tie up this past Friday to open for the weekend.

They began to move it once more on Monday to level the lake bed beneath it in case the lake level drops even more.

“You can’t really run a business if you’re at a 10 degree slope and people walk in and they’re coming into your building walking downhill, and especially after alcohol, who wants to be stumbling and falling on a 10 degree slope," said Gregg. “That’s what we’re trying to do, is just keep it floating.”

Boon-Docks isn’t the only building with problems at Eagle Mountain Marina.

The normally afloat Ships Store has been left high and dry, along with many boats tied up to slips.

“We’re praying and whatever it takes to get the rains and to raise the lake levels again and I’m sure everybody is," said Boon-Docks co-owner Steve McDonald.

But even with low lake levels, people are still coming out to the lake.

“Eagle mountain people, lake people, we’re all the same. We enjoy coming out no matter what the weather is, no matter what the lake levels are,” said Rhonda Flores.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Under Dense Fog Advisory]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:50:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fog-advisory.jpg

Most of North Texas is under a Dense Fog Advisory until 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Visibility will be 1/4 mile or even less at times in many areas, creating possibly hazardous driving conditions.

By midday, visibility should improve to greater than 1 mile.

Authorities suggested driving more slowly, using low-beam headlights and leaving plenty of distance between other vehicles.



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<![CDATA[Rain Adds to North Texas Road Problems]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:23:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/driving+rainy+wx.jpg

Steady rain Monday added to problems on North Texas roads already heavily pocked with potholes.

Jason Dalton said his daily hour commute from Denton to Duncanville has been more than twice that long lately.

“Nobody wants to tear up their car. And that’s what you see happening when people go over these things too fast. Some areas up here on [Interstate] 35 it’s really bad,” he said.

Serafin Luna said his commute from Garland to Irving has also been about twice as long as usual because of potholes.

“It’s very tough to get around them out there,” he said. “They got really, really bad, especially on I-30. Every time I go home it’s so hard to avoid all those potholes.”

Road repair crews in several cities made cold patch repairs on the worst potholes Monday with more permanent fixes to follow in drier weather.

“Crews are ongoing as we speak, repairing potholes and eliminating hazards,” said Arlington Public Works Operations Manager Bill Bateman.

Road crews have pulled long shifts through the rash of winter weather and there’s more work to do.

“They get worn out and tired, that’s for sure,” Bateman said.

Sand used on bridges and overpasses was not entirely washed away in Monday’s steady rain and several cities have plans to use sweepers when the rain stops.

Many drivers look forward to clean, dry roads and the right time for a car wash.

“It’s impossible to keep your vehicle clean right now,” said Dalton. “I thought it was going to be a good day Saturday but then you look at the weather and it’s going to rain again today and it rained on Sunday, too.”

Bateman said Arlington had already started sweeping up sand Saturday before the rain.

“We’ll have to do more sweeping,” he said. “We do everything we can to try to keep things out of the storm sewer system. We don’t try to depend on the rain.”

Expect sweepers and pothole patching crews all across North Texas as the weather improves.



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<![CDATA[Rainy Weather Adds to Road Problems]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/driving+rainy+wx.jpg Monday's steady rain added to problems on the road for drivers and road repair crews.

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<![CDATA[Best Time to Plant Vegetables?]]> Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:00:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty-Woodson-030815.jpg Texas A&M AgriLife specialist Dotty Woodson talks about the best time to plant tomatoes, peas, carrots, corn, spinach and broccoli.]]> <![CDATA[Big Thaw Has People Thinking 'Spring Flowers']]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:12:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flowers+garden+tulips.jpg

Thursday’s snow nearly disappeared in North Texas Friday, turning thoughts to spring flowers and how to revive winter beaten yards.

The Dallas Arboretum survived the snow just fine with the annual ‘Dallas Blooms’ show in full swing.

“That’s kind of the silver lining, if we’re going to have it,” Arboretum Vice President of Gardens Dave Forehand said. “It’s the greatest insulator and it’s slowed everything down.”

Forehand said the key is using cold-hardy plants like tulips, which actually benefited from the bed of snow, just before the Arboretum’s busy spring break season.

“It’s kind of stopped them from growing any further. They’ve been frozen here waiting for the warm days to come back so they can continue growing and blooming and opening up,” Forehand said.

The Arboretum plants 500,000 bulbs for Dallas Blooms along with 75,000 pansies. Flowering shrubs in the gardens like Azaleas are soon to bloom.

Customers anxious to revive their own yards were already looking forward to spring at Calloway’s Nursery on Greenville Avenue in Dallas Friday.

“We certainly are, after all the snow and ice,” customer Lisa Katz said. She purchased several plants for herself and her family. “It’s supposed to get warmer every day,” she said.

Calloway’s Manager Bryan Hutson said workers scrambled before this freeze to move sensitive plants indoors.

“It has been a challenge to take this much product and protect it and have it pristine and ready for our customers,” he said.

Aisles inside the business were still crowded Friday with plants that will be moved outside Saturday after one more chilly night to make room for customers.

“We did everything we could to store it and keep it protected under heaters and inside the green house ready to put back out,” Hutson said.

Customer Jeff Harrell left Calloway’s with a cart full of ground cover plants and supplies. He said the thaw came at the perfect time for his gardening plans.

“I actually took the day off already to get ready for spring,” he said. “So, some of this is going down today. The rest of it will be planted tomorrow. It will be a little nicer out tomorrow I think.”
Experts say some sturdy things can go in now but it’s a bit too soon for other spring plants.

“I’d hold off on planting tender plants just yet. I’d wait and honor that last freeze or frost average which is Mid-March,” Forehand said.  “After that you’re safe to plant but you may have to cover a few times.”

Forehand said this is the time to clean out beds and prune Crape Myrtles, but too soon to prune flowering shrubs like Azaleas. Trim Azaleas and Hawthorns after they bloom later in the spring.



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<![CDATA[Enjoying the Snowy Day in Denton]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:00:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton+snow+fun.jpg Thursday may be the last snow day North Texans see for a while, so they took advantage of the fun in the snow.

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<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos: 5 P.M. Newscast]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:35:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thor+ugcs.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos and videos of how they spent Thursday's snow day.

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<![CDATA[Roads Clear After Snow Snow, Could Freeze Overnight]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:03:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roads-clearing-ntx-030515.jpg Roads across North Texas have cleared up after the snow storm, but officials warn the leftover water could refreeze overnight.

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<![CDATA[Snowboarding in NTX]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:50:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SNOWBOARDER2.jpg Here's something you don't see everyday...people snowboarding in North Texas!

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<![CDATA[Snow Day Photos: 4 P.M. Newscast]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:30:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000102.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos and videos enjoying Thursday's snow day.]]> <![CDATA[Your Videos: Playing in the Snow]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:25:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5d6c6d03-0634-438e-963d-2cafb2178fcb.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared their videos showing how they enjoyed the snow on March 5, 2014.

Dare to Polar Plunge in Dallas Completed

50-50

Ski Fort Worth

ATV Sledding

Cowboy Skiing in Texas

Hayden Berrier Snowball Hitting

Baymax Fistbump

Kayak Sledding

Polar Plunge in Mansfield Texas

Skiing in Sachse

SLOW MOTION 3 yr old Stella on Wakeboard

Sledding Down Stairs

Snowboarding Texas Style

Snowboarding Texas Style

Tubing In The Snow

Snowman Bob


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<![CDATA[Your Videos: Pets at Play - March 5, 2015]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fa33f45c-3c11-4ad0-bbed-5045178fef62.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared videos of their pets playing in the snow on March 5, 2015.

Snowball Fail

Finn Playing in the Snow

Doggie Snow Angel

Dog Loving Snow

Fitz Playing in the Snow

German Shepherd Puppy Playing in the Snow

Catching Some Snow!

Boxers Are Snow Fun!

Mesquite

Ruby in the Snow in Euless

Smokey Having Fun in the Snow

Dog Catching Snowball

Stella playing in the snow in Fort Worth, Texas

Stranger Danger

Thor

Snow Days

Yorkie Takes A Dive


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<![CDATA[Pets in the Snow - March 5, 2015 - Gallery 2]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:29:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pets+6+030515.JPG NBC 5 viewers shared photos of their pets playing in the snow.]]> <![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - March 5, 2015 - Gallery 3]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TTT-viewer-030515.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of the snow on March 5, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Playing in the Snow - March 5, 2015 - Gallery 2]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:31:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pool-snowman-030515.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos after playing in the snow on March 5, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Dog Having a Blast in the Snow (Set to Music)]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:40:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doggone-crazy-030515.jpg NBC DFW's Chopper 5 shot video of a dog having a blast in the snow at Flagpole Hill in Dallas. We set it to music. Enjoy.]]> <![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - March 5, 2015 - Gallery 2]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:11:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/large+marge+03515.JPG NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of the snow on March 5, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Pets in the Snow - March 5, 2015]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:55:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow-pets-6-030515.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of their pets playing in the snow.]]> <![CDATA[Playing in the Snow - March 5, 2015]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/playing-5-030515.jpg NBC viewers shared photos after playing in the snow on March 5, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Fatal Denton Co. Crash Weather-Related: Police]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:50:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01generic-police-lights11.jpg

Authorities are investigating a deadly crash following a multi-vehicle pileup in Denton County Wednesday night.

The original crash involved at least six vehicles along U.S. Highway 380 near Providence Village at about 7:30 p.m.

Immediately after that six-car pileup, a seventh vehicle careened into the other six cars already wrecked, and one person was killed, officials said.

The cause of the original crash is unknown, but Little Elm police said the fatality crash is believed to be weather-related.

Further details, including the identity of the deceased, have not yet been released.


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<![CDATA[School Closings and Delays]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:05:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/School-Closings-Look-I-v2.jpg

Due to ongoing inclement weather, some schools districts have announced delays Friday morning.

To see the latest school closings and delays, CLICK HERE.

Continue to refresh the list as it will update throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.


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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Impacting NTX Schools]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:00:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wet+rainy+roads.jpg As North Texas braces for more winter weather, local schools are trying to figure out what to do. Most of the districts have missed two days of school because of winter weather. And for most of them, two make-up days are already scheduled in their calendars, including, Good Friday, Easter Monday or a teacher work day. So, where students would normally not go to school that day, now they'll go to school. For some districts those two make-up days are at the end of the year. So class will be extended by two days.

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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Hits North Texas]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:53:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brine.jpg People in North Texas are bracing for yet another round of winter weather.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Weather Advisory for North Texas]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/North_Texas_Ice_truck_Brine.jpg Another winter storm threatens to paralyze North Texas Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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<![CDATA[Rain Delays TxDOT Weather Preparation]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:27:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TxDOT+Sand+Truck+022615.jpg Texas Department of Transportation officials said they pretreated man DFW roads Tuesday night, but Wednesday efforts were slowed by rain.

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<![CDATA[Pets, People Make Best of Record-Setting Snowfall]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:06:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/golden-snowball.jpg

A late winter storm dropped up to 7 inches of sleet and snow overnight Wednesday, leading to more than 800 school closings and delays and nearly as many flight cancellations Thursday.

North Texas' most recent Winter Storm Warning expired at noon Thursday after a record snowfall overnight. The precipitation first coated roads in ice and then covered it with several inches of snow, making driving hazardous in the early morning.

Temperatures were expected to creep above the freezing point by noon and remain there for several hours, NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said. Though all of the snow is not expected to melt Thursday, with warmer temperatures and sunny skies, road conditions are expected to improve significantly throughout the day.

By 11:30 a.m., snow that once covered many highways had melted and left only a wet roadway behind. Drivers are urged to continue to use caution as occasional patches of ice remain.

Side roads and secondary roads are expected to remain slushy. Any slush left on the road after dusk is expected to refreeze.  Meanwhile, crews from the Texas Department of Transportation said they'll work as quickly as possible to remove all snow and ice from the roads so that it can't refreeze overnight Thursday.

The weekend forecast looks mostly sunny and with milder conditions.

Many North Texans with the day off from school and work headed outside to take advantage of the rare opportunity to play in the snow.  Photos shared with NBC 5 are below.

Record Snowfall

  • So far this season (2014-2015), we have had 5.8 inches of snow, which is the highest seasonal total since 2009-2010 (17.1 inches fell that winter). If you remove that total, the next time we had this high a seasonal snow total was 1984-85 with 5.1 inches.
  • The 3.5 inches received at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was the 4th highest March snowstorm total.
    • 1. 6.1 inches [1942]
    • 2. 6.0 inches [1924]
    • 3. 3.9 inches [1947]
    • 4. 3.5 inches [2015]
    • 5. 2.6 inches [1934]
  • This is the most snow received from a single storm system since Feb. 11-12, 2010. That storm dropped 12.5 inches on DFW.
  • In 2008, we had a total of 2.1 inches of snow in the month of March. Prior to that, the last time we had more than 2 inches of snow in March was in 1962.

Overnight Snowfall Totals

7 inches – Grapvine (Hwy 360 & Hwy 121)
6.2 inches – Irving
6 inches – Far N. Dallas
5.5 inches – Commerce (Hunt Co.)
5.5 inches – Anna (2 SW, Collin Co.)
5.3 inches - McKinney
5 inches – E. Fort Worth
5 inches – Southlake (2 N, Denton Co.)
5 inches – Coppell
4.25 inches – Dallas (5 NE)
4 inches – North Richland Hills
4 inches – Sachse
4 inches – Rowlett
4 inches – Lake Worth
4 inches – Murphy (3 N)
4 inches – Lake Kiowa (Cooke Co.)
3.5 inches - Decatur
3.5 inches – Cooper (Delta Co.)
3.5 inches – Lewisville (5 NW)
3.5 inches – Arlington (UTA)
3.5 inches – Highland Village (Denton Co.)
3.5 inches – Bonham
3.3 inches – Dallas (Love Field)
3.25 inches – Allen
3 inches – Plano
3 inches – Flower Mound
3 inches – Euless
3 inches – Lakewood Village (Denton Co.)
3 inches – Dallas (Jefferson Blvd at Westmoreland)
3 inches – Haltom City
3 inches – Mansfield
3 inches – Paris (6 N, Lamar Co.)
3 inches – Muenster (Cooke Co.)
2.5 inches – Hillsboro
2 inches – Gainesville
2 inches – Kaufman (2 SE)
2 inches – University Park (3 NE)
2 inches – Denison
2 inches – Terrell (5 S)
2 inches – Argyle (Denton Co.)

Flights Canceled, Airlines Allowing Customers to Change Reservations

At 3 p.m., Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport reported 417 canceled departures and 407 canceled arrivals Thursday morning; 242 flights have been delayed.

Dallas Love Field officials reported 27 canceled departures and 21 canceled arrivals. Officials also reported 43 delays.

As many as 600 travelers were stranded at the airport overnight, airport spokesman David Magana said.  At 3 p.m., officials at DFW Airport said operations were returning to normal, five runways were open and roads were wet, but not icy.

American Airlines or US Airways customers can reschedule flights by calling the reservations department at 800-433-7300. Southwest Airlines customers can reschedule at southwest.com or by calling 800-435-9792.



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<![CDATA[Crews Prepare Roads for Possible Winter Weather Again]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/North_Texas_Ice_truck_Brine.jpg

Here we go again.

Road crews are out pretreating bridges and overpasses before the next winter storm expected on Wednesday night.

“It’s a little tricky today because rain is falling in some of our sections, so we’re having to do it in spots,” said Ryan LaFontaine with TxDot in Dallas. “But we will be able to pretreat all of our major bridges and overpasses throughout the night.”

Both TxDot and the NTTA are using brine solution again to lower the freeze point on elevated surfaces, and crews will begin working 12-hour shifts Wednesday to keep the roads clear.

“We’re all stocked up and our guys, they’re ready to go to work,” said Lafontaine.

Some crews are out repairing potholes that have opened up in the winter weather, including one three-feet wide that opened up right through the surface of a bridge along Interstate 20, just eastbound of Bonnie View Road.

“This time of year, particularly with these winter weather storms, we do see an uptick in those sorts of potholes,” said LaFontaine. “What happens is if there’s a crack in the road surface, any kind of open space that water can get into, it fills up and then freezes and then expands and causes, it speeds up the pothole process.”
 



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<![CDATA[AA Apologizes For Weather-Delayed Flight]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:32:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/icy+tarmac.jpg

American Airlines has apologized after it took more than nine hours for passengers at DFW International Airport to take off on a 30-minute flight to Oklahoma City during Friday’s snow storm.

“It was chaos in Dallas,” said passenger Brandon Sullivan of Oklahoma City.

He said some passengers on Flight 382 shouted obscenities and kicked seats out of frustration.

"We boarded the flight at about one-o’clock,” Sullivan said in a Skype interview.

He tweeted a photo with the comment, "Snow slowing things down.”

Nobody had no idea how slow.

"We were told numerous times, ‘15 more minutes,’” he said. “’15 more minutes. 15 more minutes.’"

Minutes stretched to hours.

"After about four and-a-half or five hours, the pilot comes on and says, 'We have approval to go,’" Sullivan said.

But after more time for de-icing, the passengers were in for another surprise.

"We are starting to speed down the runway and, not thinking anything of it, all the sudden the plane started slowing down and you could hear all the sighs on the plane,” he said. “We knew something was wrong."

Sullivan said the pilot blamed a mechanical failure and told passengers they had to head back to the gate.

But the gates were full.

"Nobody knows what to say at this point,” he said. “Everybody is really frustrated. This is when there starts to be verbal arguments between people who have been cooped up for so long. People are shoving each other, people kicking the backs of seats."

He snapped a picture of passengers raiding the liquor.

Then, there was yet another delay.

The crew had already worked too many hours.

"The crew was nowhere to be found,” he said. “They were in the middle of a crew change. It got really hectic about eight hours in."

In 2010, the airport spent $700,000 on a bus to pick up passengers stranded on the tarmac and bring them back to the terminal.

But in this case, the bus wasn't needed because the plane was already at the gate -- parked -- for much of the time.

For the same reason, the delay apparently didn't violate federal rules, which limit tarmac delays to three hours.

Sullivan said passengers were offered a chance to get off the plane after three hours to walk around the terminal.

He said some passengers got off but quickly re-boarded out of fear the plane would take off without them and they would be separated from their luggage.

“Above all else, we apologize for the frustrating experience,” an American Airlines spokesman said. “The safety of our passengers and employees is always our top priority. Friday was a challenging day at DFW.”

Finally, more than nine hours in, the plane took off and arrived in Oklahoma City about 30 minutes later.

"As we finally took off, there was a lot of applause from everyone,” Robinson said.
 

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