Sleet, freezing rain create icy North Texas roads

Sleet and freezing rain started falling early Wednesday evening in North Texas, bringing icy roads.

As much as three inches of ice, sleet and snow could accumulate throughout North Texas by Thursday morning.

Rain fell throughout the day across the area, but the sleet and freezing rain began to fall about 5 p.m. in North Texas.

An arctic front dropped temperatures during the day, with temperatures hitting the freezing mark by Wednesday evening.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for most of North Texas through Thursday at noon.

ROADS

The snow, sleet and ice created hazardous travel conditions Wednesday night. Multiple crashes were reported all over North Texas.

A person was killed in a multi-car crash in Denton County on Wednesday. It happened around 7:30 p.m. along Hwy. 380, just north of Little Elm near Lewisville Lake.

Multiple crews were also called to the scene of a jackknifed 18-wheeler at the northbound lanes of the I-35 split.

Dallas went into Ice Force 1 mode at 4 p.m., with crews working 12-hour shifts to try to keep the roads safe.

SCHOOLS

Several school districts in outlying areas chose to dismiss early Wednesday in anticipation of the storm, but most stayed open.

By Wednesday night, several of the bigger North Texas school districts announced they would be closed Thursday, including Fort Worth, Arlington, Ennis, Mansfield and Crowley ISDs.

All districts said they would monitor conditions throughout the night and into Thursday morning. Get the full list of closings at bit.ly/fox4closings

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

DART trains began operating to limited routes at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The following train lines are operating between these stations:

Red Line: LBJ/Central - 8th and Corinth
Blue Line: LBJ/Skillman - 8th and Corinth
Green Line: Farmers Branch - Hatcher
Orange Line: LBJ/Central

For more information, visit http://www.dart.org/

FLIGHTS

More than 600 flights out of D/FW Airport were canceled Wednesday, and more than 300 are canceled Thursday.

About 50 flights were canceled at Dallas Love Field. At least 30 flights are canceled there on Thursday.

Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status before heading out to either airport.

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