Sleet, Snow Cause Plenty of Wrecks Across North Texas
Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
Some areas of North Texas saw up to two inches of sleet and snow from a storm that brought up to 10 inches of snow across parts of West Texas. Drivers reported slippery overpasses on the Highway 121 Sam Rayburn Tollway between McKinney and Frisco Sunday evening.
Some areas of North Texas saw up to two inches of sleet and snow from a storm that brought up to 10 inches of snow across parts of West Texas Sunday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Fano said there was a light accumulation of sleet in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Sunday afternoon. Several schools will cancel or delay the start of class on Monday. Click on this sentence for a link to that list.
A spokesperson for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport said that 280 departures were canceled Sunday, about 30 percent of the day's schedule.
The airport said that on Sunday afternoon all runways and taxiways remained open and operational as the light amounts of freezing rain passed through. The airport had pretreated the airfield with de-icing materials.
Drivers reported slippery overpasses on the state Highway 121 Sam Rayburn Tollway between McKinney and Frisco Sunday evening.
Amanda Arz said she was a passenger riding on that road with her mom when they passed six different wrecks.
“She slipped a few times and I also was watching the other cars and they fishtailed a few times,” she said.
North Texas Tollway Authority spokesman Michael Rey said 15 minor crashes were reported Sunday evening on NTTA roads.
Rey said two-dozen NTTA trucks spread rock salt during Sunday afternoon rain in an effort to keep wet roads from icing over as afternoon temperatures hovered just above freezing.
“Overnight we’ll keep track of it, we may put down more salt and sand,” Rey said.
Driver Alex Alexander came from Arlington to Frisco Sunday evening and said she saw no icy conditions on the Sam Rayburn Tollway in her direction of travel.
Alexander said she commutes to a Frisco hospital for work, a trip that took her more than two hours in the December ice storm.
“I have to come to work. I don’t get days off. I work at the hospital, so I would like them to keep it clean, because I have to come no matter what,” Alexander said.
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