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North Texas gets taste of winter with sleet, icy conditions

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People in western counties of North Texas dealt with areas of sleet and icy conditions on Friday. A second & more powerful winter storm is expected Sunday.

Temperatures generally west of the Interstate 35 corridor plummeted from the 60s and 70s on Thursday to freezing and below on Friday.

Viewers in Granbury, Mineral Wells and Lipan reported it had sleeted during the day on Friday. Icy formed on trees and buildings in Aledo and Weatherford.

Three airlines at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were de-icing planes Friday afternoon before they could take off.

Members of the Arlington Lamar High School football team headed west to Abilene on Friday morning, but the band and drill team got left behind. Officials decided roads weren't safe enough to send the musical and cheer groups.

Rain will continue on and off into Saturday morning before ending that night. The next wave arrives Sunday night with mainly sleet and some rain south and east.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for parts of North Texas because the sleet may accumulate. This will continue Sunday night into Monday. Parts of North Texas could see up to two inches of sleet.

The Texas Department of Public Safety was urging motorists to take precautions and said it would be ready for any winter weather.

"If bad weather does occur, if ice starts to form what, we'll do is we'll focus primarily on the bridges and overpasses. Those are the structures most vulnerable to icing over. Typically your main lanes are insulated by the ground," said TXDoT's Val Lopez.

The freezing wind chill forced several airlines to de-ice planes at DFW Airport. Flights are still coming and going, but there have been some delays.

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