Chilly, rainy start to 2015

Thursday morning update

The freezing line is making slow progress east. Areas to the west are seeing freezing drizzle and sleet, while areas east are just seeing rain and wet roadways.

The precipitation is moving in bands to the northeast and will continue all morning long.

Multiple roadways west of I-35W and north of US-380 are reporting icy conditions.

Temperatures will drop a few more degrees as the morning rolls on, meaning areas in the Metroplex that are just seeing rain at the moment could see some ice.

Areas southeast and east of the Metroplex should stay above freezing and see primarily cold rain as the day moves on.

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New year, new storm!

Wednesday was cloudy and cold, with some flurries/sleet in the morning up along the Red River and in far western counties during the day.

A wintry mix will quickly spread North overnight. New Year's Day will have a wintry mix from DFW westward, primarily in the morning, then changing to cold rain in the afternoon.

Areas east and southeast of the Metroplex will see mainly just cold rain with a bit of sleet possible.

The worst icing on roadways is expected in areas including Graham, Breckenridge and Mineral Wells, and perhaps as far south as the Stephenville area.

Icy roads are possible in the DFW area, especially bridges and overpasses, but in eastern sections of the Metroplex, icy roads are less likely.

A second round of cold rain will impact much of North Texas Friday into early Saturday morning.

Temperatures will remain in the 30s Thursday and approach 40 on Friday.

Saturday afternoon, we'll see some sun return with briefly warmer temperatures (around 50), but it will colder and windy, and dry on Sunday with highs of 40-45.

ROAD PREPARATION

The North Texas Tollway Authority was out pre-treating bridges and overpasses on Wednesday in preparation for possible winter weather.

Crews loaded and dispensed a saltwater solution that is sprayed onto the roads and won't blow off the roadway or get tracked off from vehicles.

It's the first year NTTA is using brine to pre-treat roadways prior to a snow/ice event.

The City of Dallas said it's monitoring weather conditions and will patrol streets with 12-15 sanding units starting at midnight.

In Weatherford, truck stop parking lots began filling up Wednesday with truckers who decided to wait out the storm.

AIRPORTS

About 270 flights into and out of DFW Airport were canceled Thursday, according to FlightAware.com, and two were canceled at Love Field.

Some airlines offered to let passengers change flights for free due to the weather.

American Airlines waived change fees for customers at DFW Airport and other airports through Thursday.

Virgin America offered a similar option for passengers at Dallas Love Field and other airports on Wednesday and Thursday.

Southwest doesn't charge change fees.

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