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Freeways closed, cars crash as snow, ice freezes up

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Dozens of accidents seem to happen all at once across North Texas just as the sun went down on Christmas night.

Thanks to the several inches of snow and rain that fell across the Metroplex, combined with rapidly plunging temperatures, highways and overpasses seem to freeze up all at once.

By 6:30 p.m., several major roadways were closed due to crashes on overpasses and bridges. Highway 121 at the Dallas North Tollway, the High Five intersection, I-35E at I-20 and I-35W at I-30 all had accidents littering several lanes.

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During FOX 4's live broadcast at 5:30 p.m., a car spun out on an overpass at High Five intersection between Highway 75 and I-635.

It's one of the most notorious places for ice to build up in North Texas, and road officials fear it will only get worse across all of North Texas.

TxDOT crews were busy sanding bridges and overpasses in Tarrant, Dallas, Collin and other nearby counties on Tuesday afternoon.

The temperatures will continue to plunge overnight to a low of about 25, and although the snow is forecasted to move off to the east after sundown, plenty of precipitation remains on the ground.

Because the bitter cold is expected to last through tomorrow, there's a good chance that snow, slush and ice could freeze and make driving treacherous on Wednesday, too.

TxDOT is responsible for the condition of state highways and overpasses. The City of Dallas and the city of Fort Worth have theirs own sand and salting trucks and are preparing for freezing conditions as well.

Though most schools are closed for the winter break, some day cares or businesses may close tomorrow, too. Keep an eye on our Closings Page for the latest information.

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