Cold Conditions Prompt Caution

By Greg Janda
|  Monday, Nov 25, 2013  |  Updated 12:00 PM CDT
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Winter weather conditions prompted caution on the roads and at the airport, plus knocked out power across the Metroplex.

NBC 5 Team Coverage

Winter weather conditions prompted caution on the roads and at the airport, plus knocked out power across the Metroplex.

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Cold and wet conditions across North Texas have prompted a Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service through noon on Monday.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said that due to higher temperatures in the upper atmosphere, precipitation is falling as rain instead of sleet or a widespread wintry mix.

CLICK HERE to Read the Full Forecast from NBC 5 Meteorologists

Ice forming on trees has lead to some downed power lines in North Texas and is one of the contributing factors to over 27,000 residents losing power on Monday.

CLICK HERE for more Power Outage information

Travel Conditions Across North Texas

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Collin County Braces For Winter Storm

Families and the North Texas Tollway Authority braced for potentially icy roadways in Collin County on Sunday night.

Storm Cancelations Force Travelers To Stay In DFW

Because of the Winter Storm Warning, airlines serving DFW International Airport canceled 300 departures by mid-Sunday afternoon.
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The main concern on the roadways lies on bridges, overpasses, and other elevated surfaces, where the cold temperatures could turn the wet conditions into icy sheets.

NBC 5 reporters are stationed across North Texas to report on conditions on the roadways.

No major icy spots were seen on bridges or overpasses at our locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Denton, however some elevated surfaces like guardrails not directly on roadways were showing signs of ice.

NBC 5 will be updating road conditions on the air through 7 a.m. Monday. Also find more traffic information at this link on our website and by following @NBCDFW on Twitter.

Delays and cancellations face travelers at DFW International Airport. Around 200 delayed or canceled flights were reported around 5:30 a.m.

A wave of cancellations Sunday forced many travelers to reschedule for Monday morning.

While North Texas roads stayed considerably clear, the storm had previously proven fatal to some drivers west of the Metroplex.

Five people died in weather-related vehicle accidents over the weekend. The Department of Public Safety said two people died in separate accidents Saturday night on snow-covered roads near Amarillo and Dumas. Three people were killed in a multivehicle wreck late Friday near Vega.

Officials Target Bridges for Pre-Treating

The Texas Department of Transportation started pre-treating elevated highways on Interstate 20 and Interstate 30 in Dallas County starting at noon Sunday. TxDOT trucks were also out in rural areas around Tarrant County checking for slick spots.

"The first thing we attack are bridges," TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine said Friday. "We have more than 3,300 bridges throughout this district, and there are some that are worse than others as far as freezing."

TxDOT said the Dallas and Fort Worth districts have stockpiles of chat, a sand-and-salt mixture, and salt-based de-icers prepared for winter conditions.

TxDOT urges drivers to use caution and watch for patches of ice, especially in shady areas and on the shoulders of roadways.

Drivers can get travel information by calling 1-800-452-9292 or by visiting www.drivetexas.org

The City of Dallas enacted "Ice Force One" in preparation for the weather event.

According to Dennis Ware, Interim Director of Dallas Department of Street Services, 30 sanding trucks will continue non-stop 12-hour shifts focusing on bridges, overpasses, ramps and major intersections.

The city stepped down precautions to change to "scout" mode -- monitoring and targeting specific overpasses with de-icing equipment -- late Sunday.

Citizens are urged to call 3-1-1 to report icy areas but remember the city does not treat residential streets.

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