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North Texas preps for freezing, rainy weather; power outages reported

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Thursday night's thunderstorms and the pending freezing weather are having an effect on a lot of events.

Additionally, as of 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the following power outages by county are being reported by Oncor:

Dallas County: 744
Ellis County: 287
Parker County: 45
Tarrant County: 2,281

In Springtown, a football playoff game was delayed because of the weather. The rain was coming down hard, but it was carried sideways by strong gusty winds.

And even before the rain began, there was quite a lighting show – flashes in the sky every few seconds.  

But that's just the beginning. Plenty of folks are making plans for the coming weather and temperatures, which will drop overnight.

The sand trucks at Texas Department of Transportation in Fort Worth sit ready, along with road crews.

As cold weather moves into North Texas, the DOT will hit the road with sand if need be.

Also hitting the road is Lamar High School's marching band. The band and the football team will head to Abilene Friday for a playoff game, and Abilene will be significantly colder than the Dallas Fort Worth area.

"What we've talked to the team about is, we've come this far…we're not gonna let the elements beat us," said football coach Trent Fuller.

Band members got a cold weather briefing from their director and group leaders.

"We told them it was 29 degrees with a possible 25 mile per hour wind chill, so jeans, jacket…bring everything you have that's warm," said band president Joseph Lopez.

But the musicians know all too well that nothing puts an instrument out of tune like frigid temperatures.

"Keeping your instrument warm by blowing air through it," said Lopez. "It's a lot of fun going to these games, but it's definitely hard to prepare yourself for it."

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