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Winter storm rolls into Texas; closes roads, schools and businesses


Central Texas school and business closings

Texas Road Conditions

UPDATED: 6:52 p.m. -- There are still some icy spots north of Waco in Hill county, but I-35 is moving normally Tuesday night, according to TX-DOT.

Earlier in the day, many roads and bridges were icy.

Pretty much any roads north of West, about 20 miles north of Waco, were particularly treacherous. 

"This wind just makes it seem worse than anything I can remember. You know a wind chill of possibly zero that's horrible," says Colter Snipes, says a tow truck driver.


"I don't think we've experienced a day this cold for awhile, at least other than the occasional snow we get once a year, but it doesn't really get this bad," says Logan Harrison, a resident of West, 20 miles north of Waco.

With freezing temperatures sweeping across Central Texas, it was a hectic day on the roads.

"It's a busy day, cars all over the place... so much ice on the road. You're trying to help somebody else, you got to get on the same road but then at the same time they got in a wreck," adds Snipes.

He's a wrecker driver for Polansky's Wrecker Service out of Hillsboro.  

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.  - Numerous bridges and overpasses still have ice, including Highway 190 from I-35 to Copperas Cove, and on I-35 in Hill County.

Traveling is discouraged on Highways 281, 84, and 36 in Coryell County, and TxDOT is also discouraging driving in Hamilton County.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m. - The Texas Department of Public Safety says one major accident on I-35 in Hill County has been cleared on the northbound side. However, several wrecks in the area still remain to be cleared, and all roads are icy and dangerous.

UPDATE 10:15 a.m.. - All power has been restored to Robinson and Hewitt customers who had been without electricity since 3 a.m.

Oncor says the problem was with a neutral wire on Greig Drive, near Robinson.

There was some confusion Tuesday morning regarding why the elementary school in Rosebud, about 25 miles east of Temple, was not canceled due to no electricity.

Rosebud-Lott ISD Superintendent Anthony Price told News Channel 25 the power was off from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., but he didn't cancel school because he was told the electricity would be back up by 9 a.m.



UPDATE 9:30 a.m. - The Texas Department of Transportation says traffic is slow on I-35 southbound from 4th Street to Forrest Street due to an overturned 18-wheeler. No frontage roads over the Brazos River are open.

Traffic is also slow in both directions on I-35 in Hill County due to poor road conditions, from Abbott to the W. Johnson County line and E. Ellis County Line.

UPDATE 8:50 a.m. - Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has reopened after about an hour closure Tuesday morning.

Airport spokesman David Magana says crews worked to clear the iced runways.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith says about 800 flights were canceled at DFW, as part of 1,400 cancellations system-wide.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m. - About 1,400 customers on the south side of Hewitt and Robinson have been without power since about 3 a.m.

Oncor crews have been making repairs since, and at about 7 a.m. they had electricity back up, but it quickly went out again.

It is unknown at this time how long those customers will be without power.

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. - The Texas Department of Transportation reports that traffic on Interstate 35 in Hill County is backed up due to several accidents.

FM 185 in Coryell County is closed in both directions. Numerous bridges on Loop 340 and I-35 are closed due to ice.

UPDATE 7:45 a.m. - The winter storm has shut down Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Airport spokesman David Magana says crews worked to treat runways that glazed over with ice early Tuesday.

Oncor reported more than 20,000 customers Tuesday lost electricity in Texas, with nearly half of the outages in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

DALLAS (AP) -- A winter storm that blasted the Midwest added Texas with ice and snow that closed schools and canceled flights. Schools and businesses are being closed throughout Central Texas as well.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had about 300 departure cancellations Tuesday due to bad weather. Airport spokesman David Magana says the cancellations are due not only to the weather situation at DFW but also in the Midwest and the Northeast.

Dallas and Fort Worth canceled classes Tuesday. Schools in Arlington, where the Steelers and the Packers play on Sunday, also called off classes and shut all district offices. Both NFL teams flew to Texas on Monday.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning was in effect through Tuesday afternoon for North Texas.

Lubbock and Amarillo had snow overnight. The Wichita Falls City Council canceled Tuesday's meeting due to harsh weather.

In Waco at about 5:10 a.m., traffic is backed up on southbound Interstate 35 after an 18-wheeler overturned near MLK Boulevard.

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