Snow covers North Texas, schools closed Thursday

Several inches of snow covered the ground across North Texas overnight, meaning Thursday is another snow day for most people.

FOX 4 Meteorologist Ali Turiano said snowfall totals ranged from 2 to 7 inches across Dallas – Fort Worth. Officially, DFW Airport got 3.4 inches, which is the greatest snowfall total since February 2010.

The snow came to a stop in the early hours of the morning overnight, but temperatures didn't cross the freezing mark until noon Thursday.

While a lot of snow melted off, there are some concerns about any water re-freezing Thursday night with lows in the low to mid 20s.

Friday should be partly to mostly sunny and warm to the low to mid 40s. The weekend it will be mostly cloudy with milder temperatures. Then normal temperatures should return next week.


CLOSINGS

Most school districts made the call Wednesday night to cancel Thursday's classes. Dallas ISD was one of the last districts to make its decision around 5 a.m., but did decide to close.

For a full list of school, church and business closings, visit bit.ly/fox4closings.


ROADS

Police in Little Elm, 25 miles north of Dallas, said one man died in a multivehicle traffic accident Wednesday night on icy roads. The victim was 41-year-old Paul Dering of Savannah.

The NTTA said its crews were working hard to clear the roadways from the middle lanes out. Plows are pushing snow off the road and then trucks are laying down salt and sand on the remaining ice.

TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez said the agency if focusing primarily on bridges and overpasses, even though the main stretches need work too.

"Hopefully any ice that's bonded to the roadway will separate and we want to slush this off, remove it before it has a chance to refreeze overnight," he said.


TRANSIT

DART rail service was partially shut down early Thursday morning because of problems with the control switches, but was restored by the afternoon. Also, buses are operating on a Saturday schedule, so riders should expect major delays.

The T in Fort Worth was suspended for several hours, but was back up and running by midday

The TRE is operating on a normal schedule and the A trains in Denton County are operating on a winter weather schedule.


AIRPORTS

More than 600 flights have been canceled in and out of the two North Texas airports for Thursday. More are canceled for Friday.

Airport crews are working to clear runways, taxiways and roads. Only one runway was open at DFW Airport Thursday morning, but more opened as the day went on.

Travelers are strongly encouraged to check their flight status before leaving home.

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