Snow flurries in North Texas (and people’s reaction to it) caused major traffic delays and accidents, some school closings and several event cancelations.
Temperatures in the area stayed well below freezing on Friday and caused several bands of wind-blown snow showers and flurries to hit Dallas and the surrounding area.
In Alvord, just north of Decatur, the snow covered parking lots and stuck around for a short while. People in Ardmore, Okla. woke up to a wintry, snowy scene. Parts of the state got two to three inches of snow.
Most school districts didn’t close for the day but instead opted for an early dismissal. Some area colleges, like Dallas Baptist University, canceled all Friday night classes. Check up to date closing/delay information here. Dallas, Fort Worth and Garland ISD’s have canceled some soccer games and outdoor practices scheduled for Friday.
Although TxDOT spent most of the week pre-treating major roads, highways, bridges and overpasses with a brine solution, almost all major roadways are seeing traffic issues and accidents. Some overpasses have begun to freeze over. The biggest concern overnight into Saturday is black ice.
Arlington police say they responded to more than 60 accidents since 2 p.m. Fort Worth Fire says they’ve responded to 70 major accidents since 2 p.m. Most of the snow stopped falling just before rush hour.
What happens when it snows in Texas. Please drive carefully & slowly! pic.twitter.com/xhDapziAjF— Lynnanne Nguyen (@LynnanneFOX4) January 6, 2017
Drivers are encouraged to check their tire pressure, car batteries and other things to make sure they’re ready for the cold and drive slower in troubled areas.
Airlines have also issued travel advisories for Love Field and DFW Airport. Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status in advance. They can also change flights in or out of North Texas without penalty.