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Cold Conditions Prompt Caution



    Cold Conditions Prompt Caution

    Winter weather conditions prompted caution on the roads and at the airport, plus knocked out power across the Metroplex. (Published Monday, Nov. 25, 2013)

    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.

    Collin County Braces For Winter Storm

    [DFW] Collin County Braces For Winter Storm
    Families and the North Texas Tollway Authority braced for potentially icy roadways in Collin County on Sunday night.
    (Published Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013)

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    Travel Conditions Across North Texas

    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.

    Storm Cancelations Force Travelers To Stay In DFW

    [DFW] 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.
    (Published Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013)

    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.

    Tarrant County Trucks Prep For Storm

    [DFW] Tarrant County Trucks Prep For Storm
    The TXDOT Fort Worth District along with city of Fort Worth and other road crews loaded up sand and de-icer ahead of Sunday night's winter storm.
    (Published Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013)

    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

    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.