Icy Conditions Cause Problems Across North Texas

Freezing fog advisory in effect

A day after freezing rain caused hundreds of accidents around the Metroplex, freezing fog is expected to roll in overnight. 

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a freezing fog advisory that is in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday. Freezing fog can make it especially difficult for drivers to see icy spots on the roadways.

NBC 5 meterologist James Aydelott said temperatures did not drop Tuesday evening, but warmed up through much of the Metroplex. Areas of fog were slow to develop because of light winds, he said.

Much of the Metroplex will be above freezing by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, but areas north of U.S. 380 will still see some freezing fog and slick spots, Aydelott said.

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Fort Worth saw some of fog Tuesday evening, but it cleared up by late Tuesday night. Freezing rain began to fall at nightfall, but little ice was reported on roadways. Fort Worth police said only a few crashes were reported Tuesday night.

In Collin County, roads were wet Tuesday night, but were not slick. Drivers said the road conditions were noticeably better than they were on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Plano police said a man apparently died of exposure after he wandered out of his apartment on 16th Street while he was intoxicated and passed out near a creek. The man's roommate found him dead Tuesday evening.

Up until 4 p.m. Tuesday, a winter weather advisory was in effect as freezing drizzle and snow flurries  fell across a wide area of North Texas.

The Texas Department of Transportation launched dozens of sanding trucks overnight and Tuesday morning to treat bridges and overpasses that had a thin glaze of ice.

Haltom City police said icy road conditions and speed were possible factors contributing to an overnight traffic fatality.  Juan Pablo Tapia, 20, of Fort Worth, was killed when his 2000 GMC Jimmy rolled over on 5900 state Highway 121 at about 1:30 a.m., Haltom City police said. Police said Tapia, who was wearing a seatbelt, had been partially ejected.

In Irving, a fatal accident on Riverside Drive and Customer Way left a 46-year-old man and another passenger critically injured after a driver lost control and smashed into a utility pole at about 11 p.m. Monday. Investigators are attributing weather as a factor in the accident.

The slick roads caused an 18-wheeler to overturn on eastbound Interstate 30 at Ferguson and work crews shut down the highway just before 2 a.m. to clear the wreck.

The Dallas Police Department reported more than 170 accidents before midnight Monday. Between 12 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dallas police confirmed more than 90 accidents.

While many roads may not appear to be covered with ice, drivers were still urged to drive cautiously over bridges and overpasses. 

Drivers were also advised to allow extra time to reach their destination and to maintain a safe speed and not slam on the brakes when approaching an icy bridge or overpass.  If you start to slide or skid, calmly steer in the direction of the skid to straighten the vehicle out and regain control. 

The weather conditions led several schools and businesses to either close or delay opening.  Click here for school closing information. 

At  Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport inbound flights were delayed by up to 1 hour and 21 minutes because of rough weather in other parts of the country.

Crews were deicing planes at DFW, but no outbound delays were reported late in the day.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 71 flights were canceled, including 54 American Eagle flights and nine American Airlines flights. Many of the cancellations were from Tuesday morning.

DFW airport spokesman David Magana said the number was a very small percentage of flights going into and out of the airport.

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