Dallas Weather: Ice coats roads across North Texas

Dallas Weather: Ice coats roads across North Texas

Updated: 1 month, 26 days, 19 hours, 12 minutes, 20 seconds ago

Road crews have tried to prepare the North Texas highways for the icy weather, but some roads still became slippery. And it’s only going to get worse over the next few days.

Storms are expected to develop throughout North Texas Monday afternoon. Those storms could have icy rain and even some sleet. 

With temperatures already below freezing, some roads have become slick and dangerous, especially bridges and overpasses.

"This is not going to be pretty this afternoon. I would urge you to maybe try to go home early,". FOX 4 Weather Meteorologist Evan Andrews said.

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MedStar in Fort Worth said as of 2:30 p.m. they had responded to 102 car crashes with reported injuries. That includes 11 rollovers and 25 people who had to be taken to the hospital.

Fort Worth's Street Operations team said it is already sending out trucks to scout roadways for icy conditions. Other trucks are on standby ready to start sanding operations.

Officials in White Settlement, west of Fort Worth, said icy roads led to a major accident Monday morning on northbound Loop 820 at Clifford Street. 

The driving conditions along I-35 W near the Tarrant and Denton County line have been treacherous with sleet falling and ice continuing to accumulate. 

"We just left Houston. We’re heading back to Colorado. We’re getting ready to move to Texas so we’re bringing loads across the country," said traveler Michelle Stuerke. "So we’re on our way back home to get another load. We’re leaving the snow for a reason. So as long as it doesn’t go that far south, we’re happy."

"Started the day off thinking it’s going to be a normal day and it just started off and just really hasn’t quit," said driver Brandon Rohm. "Now I’m about 30 minutes from home and fingers crossed that I make it."

From the most experienced to white knucklers, caution, reduced speed and being alert cannot be stressed enough since the dangerous spots are sometimes hard to spot. 

The city of Denton said it responded to several crashes Monday morning because of slick roads.

All TEXpress managed lanes are now closed because of the weather.

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Preparing for Icy Roads

The Texas Department of Transportation began pre-treating bridges and overpasses on Friday when it was warm and sunny. Crews used a brine solution to keep the ice from sticking to the roadways.

Now that some freezing drizzle has fallen and more freezing rain and sleet are in the forecast, crews are focused on the major highways. They are prepared to spot-treat with salt and sand.

TxDOT’s crews will be rotating shifts starting Monday at noon so they can respond at any hour.

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Drivers are urged to pay close attention to road conditions and not go the speed limit.

"Don’t drive to the speed limit necessarily, just drive to the conditions. Take your time and you’ll get there," said Sabrina Ridgway, a North Texas resident. "Don’t speed and be aware of your surroundings."

It’s also not a bad idea to keep a safety kit in the car that includes blankets, hand warmers, portable battery chargers, and an ice scraper.