Refreezing on roads overnight into Tuesday causes traffic headaches

Accidents and road closures started to pile up across North Texas Monday night after accumulation from earlier in the day on bridges and overpasses began refreezing.

Temperatures will remain below freezing for the remainder of Monday and into Tuesday. There's a small chance of freezing drizzle Monday evening, but it would fall as liquid and freeze when it comes into contact with the ground. Any accumulations would be small.

Residual moisture on roadways will continue to refreeze Monday night into smooth ice in places where there is currently slush. A slick glaze is possible for the Tuesday morning commute.

A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect late Tuesday into Wednesday, with the chance for snow. Accumulations may range from less than an inch in the west up to one to three inches in the northeast. The snow should end by noon Wednesday in the eastern parts of North Texas.

ROADS

Icy roads caused problems for drivers in North Texas, with dozens of crashes around the area and one fatality.
There have been more than 300 wrecks in Dallas due to icy and dangerous road conditions.

A truck skidding on some ice along I-35 North on Monday night. That driver was able to save it, but not everyone has been so lucky.

In Carrollton on Monday morning, one person was killed in the southbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike near Belt Line Road.

A semi-truck jackknifed and another truck pulled over to avoid it. The driver of a white Mitsubishi Montero tried to stop as well, but lost control and slammed into the back of one of the trailers.

The car's driver died at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Northbound and southbound Loop 12 was closed near Interstate 30 during rush hour on Monday due to ice accumulation.


A jackknifed 18-wheeler also caused problems for rush hour drivers Monday night along I-20 near the I-45 interchange, right near JJ Lemmon Road. Two lanes were able to get by, and the driver was not hurt.

Most bridges and overpasses remained open, but had ice and sleet on them. Drivers were encouraged to proceed with caution.

Video from SKY 4 showed a Good Samaritan helping a car get up a slippery High Five ramp on Monday morning.

Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas Tollway Authority and various municipal crews continued to monitor area roads.

Fort Worth officials said its 18 trucks have put down 309 tons of sand on city roads and streets during the winter storm.

NTTA Spokeswoman Susan Slupecki said her agency has about 96 trucks out on the roads.

"That salt works for us in two different ways. Where the roads are still damp and wet that salt actually turns into a brine and creates a protective coating for the road. And where the road has dried a little bit overnight it provides traction for those vehicles that are going over those areas," she said.

Val Lopez with TxDOT said thanks to pre-treatment traffic is flowing at a reasonable rate. But he still encourages motorists to stay at home if they can.

"If you have to get out and if you have to travel, you need to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and you need to leave plenty of space between you and other motorists," he said.

For traffic updates, follow FOX 4's Chip Waggoner at www.twitter.com/cwaggonerfox4.

CLOSINGS

Most districts in North Texas will be closed for a second consecutive day. Major districts like Dallas, Ft. Worth, Plano, Arlington, Irving, Garland and Mesquite ISD's said they would not open on Tuesday. A handful of districts and universities are opting to open late on Tuesday.

For a complete list of Tuesday closings and delays, visit http://bit.ly/1BCId78.

AIRPORTS


American Airlines Flight 296 had some trouble flying into DFW Airport Monday night.

It landed safely a little after 8 p.m. Then the nose gear slid off the taxiway as it was making its way to the gate.

A total of 63 passengers and five crew members were on the plane.

No one was hurt. Passengers were bussed to the terminal and crews are working on getting the plane pulled free from the mud.

There were about 1,100 flight cancellations at DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field on Monday.

Those flights that were taking off were slow moving as all planes had to be de-iced.

DFW Airport advised all customers with flights or anyone driving to DFW to pick up passengers to stay updated with the latest flight information. Customers can check the Flight Information page at www.dfwairport.com/flights.

Most airlines were waiving change fees for weather-related issues.

TRANSIT

DART rail service is limited to the inside of the LBJ loop on Monday. Those who typically catch the train in Plano for example will have to ride a shuttle bus to the closest working rail station.

The Red Line will only go as far north as the LBJ Station. The Orange Line ends at the Irving Convention Center and not DFW Airport. The north route of the Green Line is ending in Farmers Branch and the Blue Line is not going to Rowlett.

The T in Fort Worth and the Trinity Railway Express will run on a normal schedule.

Denton trains are operating on a Saturday schedule.

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