Power outages, fallen trees as parts of North Texas begin thaw

Power was still out to more than 10,000 Oncor customers on Thursday evening after freezing rain left a coating of ice on trees and power lines Wednesday and early Thursday.

Blown transformers and ice covered power lines took out electricity at several schools in Aledo and homes and businesses. Crews knocked ice off the lines so they could make repairs. Most of the remaining outages are in counties west of Fort Worth.

Trees came crashing down from the weight of the ice and in this case damaged a business in downtown Weatherford. A sign said the business was closed but encouraged customers to come back on Friday. Limbs on trees also blocked parts of some intersections in Weatherford.

Weatherford schools wound up cancelling classes altogether on Thursday since conditions worsened early Thursday morning.

The temperature finally got above freezing Thursday afternoon, prompting falling shards of ice and lots of wet areas. Residents hope there won't be much more damage so cleanup can get underway.