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Winter weather wreaks havoc across the state

The winter weather caused roads to ice over, schools to close and flights to be canceled throughout Thursday night into Friday morning.

The national weather service issued a winter storm warning for Houston, San Antonio and the Austin areas until this afternoon.

The inclement weather started complicating travel in Austin last night and it continued throughout the day causing traffic to freeze in place. Commutes that normally take just minutes turned into hours after the wet and icy conditions on roads and bridges caused road closures and hundreds of accidents backing up traffic for miles.

Austin police alone responded to nearly 300 crash related incidents from Thursday evening to ten Monday morning.

The bad weather and driving conditions prompted dozens of schools across the state to close giving more than a quarter-of-a-million students a day off. The majority of the students were from Houston independent school district, the states largest school district, with more than 210,000 students of their own.

The frosty weather drove wind chills in the teens and even shutdown universities. More than 50,000 college students had a snow-day as the University of Texas canceled classes for the day. Texas State University San Marcos also called off school.

The worst of the weather was over by Friday evening with warmer temperature on the way.

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