<![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, 04 Mar 2015 14:28:36 -0600 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:28:36 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Winter Storm Warning for Evening & Overnight]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:43:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Remeisha-Shade-2012.jpg

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday.

Temperatures are quickly dropping and should fall below freezing by this evening.  Rain will be widespread for the afternoon.

By late afternoon the rain will mix with sleet to the northwest of DFW.  Sleet is expected in DFW after 6 p.m.  Moderate to heavy sleet will change to moderate snow overnight, making roads slick and hazardous by early Thursday morning.

Total sleet and snow accumulation of 2-4 inches is possible in DFW.  Some melting will occur Thursday afternoon with sunshine and temperatures above freezing.

7 DAY FORECAST.

TODAY:  Turning much colder this afternoon with a 100 percent chance of rain.  Changing to sleet by evening. Temperatures falling from 40s into low 30s by 6 p.m.  Wind: Shifting N 15-30 mph.

TONIGHT:  Sleet changing to snow with 2-4 inches of accumulation possible.  Slick and hazardous travel conditions.  Low: 26.  Wind: N 20-35 mph.

THURSDAY:  Icy roads in the morning.  Snow ending before sunrise.  Clearing skies by afternoon.  Low: 26.  High: 35.  Wind:  NE 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny and chilly.  Low: 25.  High: 42.  Wind: SE 5 mph.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny.  Low: 29.  High: 52.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY:  Sunny and milder.  Low: 35.  High: 62.  Wind: E 5-10 mph.

MONDAY:  Sunny and mild.  Low: 42.  High: 65.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny and warmer.  Low: 46.  High: 67.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Warning Issued for North Texas ]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:53:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-radar-030415.gif

Just when you thought the winter weather was over, it's back. Another winter storm has reached Texas Wednesday, leading to hundreds of flight cancelations and some schools dismissing students early.

A Winter Storm Watch was elevated to a Warning overnight Tuesday for all of North Texas. The warning will remain in place from 3 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday. A strong cold front arrives later in the day that will send temperatures down again into the 20s overnight.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said rain Wednesday will be widespread for most of the day. By late afternoon the rain will mix with sleet to the northwest of DFW. Sleet is expected in DFW after 6 p.m.

Moderate to heavy sleet will change to moderate snow overnight, making roads slick and hazardous early Thursday morning. Total sleet and snow accumulation of between 2 and 4 inches is possible in DFW.

Delays and Closings Already Planned

In anticipation of inclement weather, Tuesday afternoon FC Dallas decided to postpone its annual Cocktails and Cleats fundraiser Thursday evening. The event at Fashion Institute Gallery in Dallas will be rescheduled but a date hasn't been determined.

Some schools in North Texas are dismissing students early Wednesday in anticipation of wintry weather.  See the latest school closings and delays here.

The Fort Worth Independent School District had a meeting with the City of Fort Worth Emergency Management Office, the National Weather Service and other school districts, colleges and universities to look at the potential for winter weather Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

While the NWS predicts little or no travel impact during the school day Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Linares is consulting with the city and NWS about Thursday morning's plan for the district.

Crews Prepare Roads, Again

Road crews are out treating bridges and overpasses ahead of the sleet and snow expected Wednesday night.

Both the Texas Department of Transportation and the North Texas Tollway Authority 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.

Cities Monitor Changing Weather Conditions

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County government offices and courts would be open at their regular time Wednesday, but there's a strong possibility offices may close early if Wednesday weather conditions warrant it.

Jenkins urges all Dallas County residents to prepare for deteriorating conditions and allow extra travel time if necessary.

Flights Canceled, Airlines Allowing Customers to Change Reservations

At noon Wednesday, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had posted 298 cancelled departures and 325 canceled arrivals. More than 130 departing and arriving flights had also been delayed.

Dallas Love Field officials reported 19 cancelled departures and 30 cancelled arrivals Wednesday. An additional 10 flights had been delayed.

Officials at Love Field said all equipment is ready to respond to wintry weather should they be needed.

Customers with reservations on American Airlines or US Airways to or from DFW Airport Wednesday or Thursday can reschedule for another flight Friday through Sunday by calling the reservations department at 800-433-7300.

Southwest Airlines customers with reservations to or from Dallas Love Field from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday can reschedule their flights 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 22:52:47 -0600 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 18:32:57 -0600 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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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[Winter Weather Leaves Mess of Potholes on Roads]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:29:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton+potholes.jpg

The snow and ice may have melted but North Texas drivers have a new obstacle to contend with: potholes, and a lot of them.

As of Monday morning roads like Interstate 35 in Denton were littered with potholes from the recent winter blast.

Between the elements themselves and the use of heavy snow and ice removal trucks, the roads took a pummeling throughout the Metroplex.

Some of the hardest hit sections on 35 include some of the roadways and bridges already set for or undergoing work as part of the 35Express Project.

Spokesperson for the project, Kimberly Sims, said they have assigned special crews to the potholes who are already out assessing the damage and will begin prioritizing and scheduling repairs as soon as possible.

City crews in Lewisville in Denton also report that they are identifying problem spots right now and plan to start temporary fills as soon as possible.

However that road work, like any, is weather permitting, and another wintry blast in the forecast this week could mean delays and potentially more damage on area roads.

Sims and 35Express are asking motorists to be patient with them as they work to fill the potholes and to monitor their speeds in areas affected.

Darrel Jenkins, owner of Gene’s Body Shop in Denton said it is definitely important to slow down on the pothole filled roads to avoid serious vehicle damage.

"You take a small car like that and hit one of them potholes, it really don't take a whole lot to bend that suspension in the front,” said Jenkins. "Slow down and just watch for potholes. I guess the road crews will get to them sooner or later."

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<![CDATA[Pets in the Snow - Gallery 2 ]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:21:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pets-in-snow-022815.jpg NBC 5 Viewers shared photos of their pets in the snow on Friday, February 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Van Crashes into Fort Worth Gas Station]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:39:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/valero_van_ice.jpg

Friday's snowstorm ended a week of treacherous driving conditions that led to hundreds of accidents across North Texas.

A Valero service station at West Freeway and Taxco was damaged after a van crashed into a support column. An employee told NBC 5 the van was exiting Interstate 30 when it lost control and slammed into the pillar at around 8:30 Friday night.

There were no reports of injuries, but the accident is believed to be just one in a long list of others caused by icy conditions.



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<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - Gallery 3 - February 27, 2015]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:10:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snowflake-022815.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of snow from Friday, February, 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Playing in the Snow - Gallery 2]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:11:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/playing-thumb-022815.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of playing in the snow from Friday, February 28, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Weather Causes Several Road Accidents]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:41:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/elmhurst-blizzard1.jpg

The winter weather has lead to several accidents in Dallas on Saturday.

Dallas Police said they responded to 56 major accidents, and 109 minor accidents. Dallas freeways saw 55 major accidents on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Your Photos, Videos of North Texas Snow]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:07:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow+days+ugc.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos and videos of Friday's wintry weather.]]> <![CDATA[Good Samaritans Help Drivers Stranded By Winter Weather]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:51:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/good+samaritans+help.jpg The winter weather brought out some Good Samaritans in North Texas as a married couple helped rescue several drivers stranded on the roads.

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Road Conditions in Arlington]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:42:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arl+roads.jpg Snow and ice covered Interstate 20 at Highway 360 in Arlington Friday, leaving drivers stuck for hours.

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<![CDATA[Snow, Ice Makes Fort Worth Mixmaster a Mess]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:37:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw+mix.jpg The snow and ice left many drivers frozen in place on Friday near the Fort Worth mixmaster.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Snow Causes Dicey Driving Conditions in Denton]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:31:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton+snow+night.jpg Heavy snow in Denton caused wrecks and traffic delays Friday.

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<![CDATA[Ice, Snow Causes Slick Conditions on High 5]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:24:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/635-LBJ-just-east-of-High-5.jpg For many drivers Friday, short trips turned into three hour journeys due to snowy, icy conditions on the High 5 in north Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Sledding Fun in Irving]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:58:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-sled.jpg With so much snow, people in Irving took advantage of it and enjoyed something North Texans rarely get to do...sledding.

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<![CDATA[Denton Could Get Up to 8 Inches of Snow]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:40:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton+snow1.jpg The winter storm is hovering over Denton, where they could get up to eight inches of snow Friday.

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<![CDATA[13 Cars, 2 Semis Involved in Collin County Pileup]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:38:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/melissa-crash-gordon.jpg A snowstorm that closed schools and halted traffic across North Texas is being blamed for 13 cars and two tractor-trailers sliding off U.S. Highway 75 in Collin County Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - Gallery 2 - February 27, 2015]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:39:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snowflake-022715.jpg NBC 5 Viewers share photos of snow on Friday, February 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Playing in the Snow - February 27, 2015]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:36:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/playing-thumb-10pm-022715.jpg Viewers share photos of their children playing in the snow on Friday, February 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Live Video: NBC 5's Thunder Truck]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:47:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022215+Rick+Texas+Thunder+Truck.jpg

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<![CDATA[TxDOT Prepares Again for Winter Weather]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:46:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TxDOT+Sand+Truck+022615.jpg North Texas could get hit with another round of winter weather Saturday morning. Road crews are getting ready, pre-treating bridges and highways once again.

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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Advisory Ends for DFW]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:00:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/high+five.JPG

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for North Texas until 6 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service updated the advisory dropping a few southeastern counties in North Texas, but the advisory remains for the majority of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Expect drizzle through most of the day today.  Temperatures will climb above freezing by mid-afternoon and will stay above freezing through Tuesday.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Andy Wallace said Saturday ice and  snow will begin to melt, with road conditions improving dramatically for Sunday.  Clouds with areas of light rain and drizzle will be likely through Monday.

The winter storm dumped several inches of snow on North Texas Friday, closing busy roadways and forcing several school districts to dismiss classes early.

Low visibility and snow-covered roads are likely to blame for as many as 40 vehicles that are reported to have slid off the snow-covered highway Friday. The southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 75 were closed due to the dangerous conditions.

As of 8:47 p.m. Friday, the Dallas Police Department reported 269 minor accidents, 119 major accidents and 98 major freeway accidents since midnight.

The Fort Worth Police Department reported as of 7:30 p.m. officers had worked 160 minor accidents, 57 major accidents and took 25 hit and run reports since midnight.

The Arlington Police Department said between the hours of  midnight and 7:45 p.m. the city had seen 34 minor accidents, 33 major accidents and 115 calls for assistance.

Schools Close

Due to inclement weather, more than 150 school districts have reported early closings since the snowfall began at about 8 a.m. See the latest closings and delays here.

Other Closings

The Cowtown Marathon announced it canceled Saturday's races and delayed Sunday's races.

Six Flags Over Texas announced the amusement park will not open on Saturday due to the winter weather conditions.

The Texas Rangers announced that due to weather and road conditions, the Globe Life Park box office and call center would be closed Saturday.

Flight Cancellations

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was one of the most delayed airports in the country Friday morning.

Airport spokesman David Magaña says about 700 Saturday flights had been canceled. About 600 were cancelled Friday, forcing about 5,000 travelers to spend the night at the airport. The airport provided cots, blankets and toiletries to the passengers.

D/FW Airport advises all customers or anyone meeting flights to stay updated on the latest flight information.

Dallas Love Field reported that 12 flights had been canceled and 37 more were delayed.

Treating Roads

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation's trucks have barely had any rest after back-to-back events this week and the trucks are gearing up again to pre-treat roads.

Crews began pre-treating bridges and major highways Thursday, using the old salt-based de-icers and the newer solution known as "brine."

"Brine is just one more tool in our toolbox. We still use the salt, sand, salt-based de-icers. But yes, this is really the first season we've used it extensively," said TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez. "We're pleased with the results and we'll start incorporating it more."

Crews say there's no shortage of supplies.

"We still have enough stocks on hand for a multiday event," said Lopez. "And if it goes on more than a few days, we have the availability to order more or actually to get some from are neighboring districts that aren't hit quite as hard."

Winter weather has come late this year and many wonder if it'll end soon.

"In normal years, I'd say the last bad event of the season comes in February. But this has been such an odd year. You really can't tell," said Lopez.

The first day of spring is March 20.

The City of Dallas escalated from "scouting mode" to Ice Force 1 at 10 a.m. Friday. The city had 35 sanding trucks covering bridges, overpasses and other locations critical to public safety like hospitals and fire stations. Crews will work 12-hour shifts according to Dallas City spokeswoman Sana Syed.

Recreation centers will close at 4 p.m. Friday and open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dallas County government offices and courts close at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

All garbage and recycling collection has been canceled Saturday. Dallas Animal Services opens at noon and some libraries have been closed.

North Texas Transportation

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority announced Saturday that due to inclement weather all bus routes, including Molly the Trolly, are suspended until 1 p.m. Updates will be posted on The T's website.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit said Friday that all passengers should expect delays due to weather conditions. DART is operating normal schedules and monitoring conditions. Buses are subject to local road conditions and updates will be posted on DART's website.



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<![CDATA[Weather Photos: Feb. 25, 2015]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:38:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ugc+snowman.jpg Photos and videos from John, Robin, Silvia and Monica were featured during NBC 5 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Snow in Palo Pinto, Aledo & Millsap]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:31:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aledo-Snow.jpg Winter weather photos from Pam, Diane and John show snow in Palo Pinto, Aledo and Millsap on Thursday morning.]]> <![CDATA[UNT Students Squeeze Out Some Snow Day Fun]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:27:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT+SNOW+DAY.jpg Despite class being back in session Wednesday, students at UNT found ways to enjoy the rare sight of snow on campus.

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<![CDATA[Clearing North Texas Roads, By the Numbers]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:57:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Road-Grader-022415.jpg

Many North Texans have been saying it for years – the North Texas Tollway Authority does a better job than the Texas Department of Transportation at keeping the roads clear after a winter storm.

The difference may be in the numbers.

The Tollway Authority has 104 people in each 12 hour shift to clear 950 miles of individual lanes – that's one person for every nine miles.

By contrast, the Dallas and Fort Worth TxDOT Districts combined have 275 people per 12 hour shift covering a total of 19,363 lane miles – one person for every 70 miles.

That's a lot of ground to cover, and although TxDOT has 20 times more highway to clear than the NTTA, it only has about three and a half times the number of trucks – 95 for the NTTA, and 325 for TxDOT.

With more resources per mile, NTTA can treat the entire Tollway system in two hours, while TxDOT needs a full hour to treat just the Dallas High Five.

Another big difference, TxDOT crews have 7,607 bridges and overpasses to keep clear, while NTTA is responsible for just 395 lane miles of elevated structures.

"We all want the same thing," said the NTTA's Michael Rey. "We want sage roads. We want the best roads we can possibly get."

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<![CDATA[Horsepower on I-45]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:00:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brantley-and-Horse.jpg The big rig dangling off the bridge on I-45 attracted a well-known onlooker. B.J. Brantley and his horse were seen checking out the salvage operation.

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<![CDATA[Hospitals Prepare for More Winter Weather]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:38:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hospital+022415.jpg Road crews aren't the only ones preparing for the next round of winter weather, local hospitals must also prepare when the forecast calls for ice or snow.

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<![CDATA[Viewer Videos: Staying Warm, Frozen Tank, Trampoline Fun]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:07:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trampoline+Tumble+022415.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos and videos showing the weather story where they live.]]> <![CDATA[Fort Worth Children Enjoy Second "Snow" Day]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:02:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW+Snow+Day+022415.jpg Children in Fort Worth made the most of their second "snow" day and some are hoping for a third day of canceled classes with snow in the forecast Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Viewer Photos and Videos - 6 p.m. February 24, 2015]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:16:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2_Wx_UGC_022415_1200x675_403783235520.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos enjoying the recent winter weather on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Viewer Videos: Hockey & Family Snow Fun]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:12:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UGC+hockey.jpg Tucker McDonald's outdoor ice hockey and three generations enjoying the ice were featured on NBC 5 First at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[TXDOT Talks About Icy North Texas Roads ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:58:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TXDOT_phoner_Val_Lopez_1200x675_403409987887.jpg Val Lopez with the Texas Department of Transportation talks about the icy roads in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Emergency Crews Busy During Winter Weather]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:51:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/emergency-crews.jpg

It was a busy night Monday for emergency crews all over North Texas.

Up and down U.S. Highway 75/Central Expressway in Dallas, crash after crash lined the highway. One driver who talked to NBC 5 said she crashed when she was cut off by another car.

“I wasn't even going that fast,” said Jordan Willmon. “I was probably going 45-50 mph and I slammed on my brakes and it almost made me feel like I was going faster.”

Willom’s car slammed into the median and then slid over to the shoulder wall after hitting black ice.

“So, you go over these patches [of black ice] and you just think that it’s the dirt in the road and or whatever the sand trucks put over, but it’s still ice. So the [roads] are still pretty bad,” said Willom.

The Texas Department of Transportation is warning drivers to stay off the roads if possible while highways and roadways refreeze during the overnight hours when driving will be even more dangerous.

“It was pretty scary,” Willom. “Luckily my airbags didn’t deploy. I’m fine.”



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<![CDATA[Some Sledding Efforts Work Better Than Others (#SledFail)]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:43:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ee701359abe441478b3537121d0dd8fe.PNG.jpg

With a little ice on the ground and a day off from school, creative North Texans attempted to sled and have fun in the cold using an assortment of flat-bottomed things.

Some methods, as you'll see below, work better than others.

Below is a collection of videos (some sledding, some not) shared by our viewers as they enjoy the "bad weather" day.

Jump to: People Sledding | Dogs/Dog Sledding | Vehicle Sledding | Other Cold Weather Fun

Share your photos and videos by emailing them to iSee@nbcdfw.com.

People Sledding

Laundry Basket Sledding

More Laundry Basket Sledding

Icy Ride, Tumble (Funny)

Bucket Sledding

Sledding Down a Hill

Snowboarding, Kind of

Snow "Boarding"

Having Fun, Drag Sledding

Sledding Fail

Sleddin' in Texas

Sledding in Forney 1

Sledding in Forney 2

Sledding in Rockwall

The Race

Sledding Crash/Fail

Christmas Vacation Sledding

Pool Float Sledding

Sledding Crash

Dogs/Dog Sledding

Dog Playing in the Snow

Roxy the Boxer Loves the Ice

Dog Sledding

Enjoying the Ride

Dad Knows How to Have Fun

First Time on Ice

Delylah Meets Ice for the First Time

Fenway Enjoys a Snow Day

Bad Snow Dog

Scout Playing in the Sleet

Vehicle Sledding

ATV Sledding in Pilot Point

ATV Donuts on Ice

Jeep Fun

Four-Wheeling in the Sleet

ATV Sledding in Royse City

Redneck Sledding

Parking Lot Donuts in Arlington (Not Recommended)

Other Cold Weather Fun

Skating Gone Wrong

Ice Giggles

Ice Skating in Frisco

Outdoor Hockey at Monaco Elem.

Bella Skating Outside

Winter Fun - Ice Skating in the Street

Fun on a Snow Day

RC Car on Ice

Polar Bear Plunge

Jeep Club Rescues Truck



Photo Credit: Marla Hand
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<![CDATA[Dangling Big-Rig Pulled Back Onto Bridge]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:12:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tractor-trailer-dangle-09.jpg

Crews worked for several hours Tuesday to pull a tractor-trailer dangling off an icy highway bridge back onto the roadway.

While crossing a small bridge on Interstate 45 near Stuart Simpson Road Monday afternoon, the big-rig's cab slammed through a guardrail, left the road and immediately turned toward the small creek below.

The truck's driver managed to slip out of his seat and into the creek below. He then climbed back up to the median where he called police for help.

Help soon arrived, though efforts to remove the truck Monday were slowed by ice on the roadway, live electrical wires on the ground and not having enough equipment available to successfully pull the truck back onto the roadway.

Six wreckers were called Tuesday to secure and pull the cab back onto the bridge. After several hours, and several tense moments where the cables used to hold the rig tore through the trailer, the cab was successfully secured back on the bridge.

"On a grade of 1 to 10, this was about a 15, this is probably one of the most difficult recoveries I've ever been involved in," said Joseph McIntyre, his family-run towing service was one of the companies involved.

The truck hung from the bridge for nearly 24 hours.

"It was just the situation the truck was in, not being able to get to nose of it, not having a lot of room to work, being limited in the space of the freeway," he said.

The group had to secure the truck with chains, wrapping around the trailer and hooking the cab. That was Johnny Monroe’s job, he is the newest guy in the group.

"I chose to, I asked to do it," he said. "I'm just glad it's over with and everyone's safe."
 

Monroe says he didn't think too much about the situation and its risk.
 
"A little bit but like I said if it was my time to go, it's God's will, just doing my job," said Monroe.

The crew tried righting the cab several times, and was finally successful.

"It was just honestly absolute relief, we didn't tear our equipment up we got the job done and myself, my guys and all guys helping us we get to go home safe," said McIntyre.

Once the truck is towed away, crews will install a temporary guardrail and then plow and sand the bridge before reopening it to traffic. NBC 5 has learned the truck was carrying raw rubber to be made into tires.

Lt. Matthew Edwards with the Dallas Police Department said Monday the driver of the truck was fortunate his cab came to rest where it did and that the driver was, "very lucky he got out alive."

While it's not known what caused the driver to lose control, the bridge did appear to be covered with ice. Sleet from a winter storm turned into up to an inch of ice on North Texas roadways overnight Sunday into Monday morning, leading to hundreds of reported crashes.

NBC 5's Ben Russell, Ray Villeda and Julie Fine contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Weather Will Not Stop TRE, 'The T']]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:59:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tre-generic.jpg

The T will be providing bus and Trinity Railway Express service under freezing conditions.

Passengers could experience slight delays, and all scheduled service will be subject to weather and safety conditions. The TRE planned to operate under a special inclement weather schedule Monday.

The T bus system has sanding trucks ready, will prepare to implement detours to avoid impassable areas and will have extra bus operators and maintenance crews on standby. Buses will be started early to warm engines and interiors for passengers, and sidewalks will be sanded at The T’s transfer centers.

The Trinity Railway Express will follow its planned regular schedules. TRE will use heating equipment to keep moving parts of track switches thawed and will bring in some maintenance crews earlier than usual.  Crews not assigned will be on standby. TRE platforms and ramps will be sanded.

The T advises bus and TRE customers to plan extra time for their travels, and to use extra caution at bus stops and TRE stations when walking through parking lots, on sidewalks or platforms that might have icy spots.

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