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Treacherous roads, power outages remain in North Texas following ice storm

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A blast of arctic air moved into North Texas Thursday and Friday, bringing ice, sleet and subfreezing temperatures.

Road conditions deteriorated as freezing rain turned to sleet, and ice accumulated on freeways and surface streets.

Many car crashes and tie-ups have been reported -- there were about 90 accidents in Dallas and 200 in Fort Worth between 5 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday. A man was killed on I-20 in Arlington because of the weather, and another person died after the truck they were in lost control and plunged into Lake Lewisville early Saturday morning.

Many cars have also gotten stuck on bridges and hills, and a plane became stuck Friday night at DFW International Airport. On I-35, hundreds have been stranded in their vehicles for hours.

Oncor has 2,500 crews out working to restore power, while Dallas County leaders are asking people with power to check on their friends and neighbors who've lost electricity.

The American Red Cross has set up several nearby shelters.

The forecast

While the sleet and snow have stopped, much of North Texas is still left under a sheet of ice for the weekend. Temperatures Saturday will only warm up to 26 degrees with a cold north wind of 8 to 12 miles per hour, dropping wind chills into the teens and single digits in some spots. Mostly cloudy to cloudy conditions will prevail across the area.

The good news is that the second round of precipitation being tracked is very weak, meaning only 20 percent of the area will see perhaps just a dusting of sleet Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

Saturday night will still be cold, but not as bad as Saturday morning with lows in the low 20s.

Sunday brings some hope, but not much. Things will likely warm back up to 35 degrees Sunday afternoon, but with only a few hours of melting time, not much progress will be made on the roadways. The added sunshine may help out, but only a little.

More trouble spots will form Sunday night into Monday morning as areas that melted but didn't evaporate once again become sheets of ice as temperatures fall back into the mid-20s.


Getting around

DART officials say they hope to have most of its light rail service restored by Monday.

DART has been using buses instead of trains because of problems with ice on the cable lines. he rail service was suspended Friday morning because of the ice.

So far, DART workers have used more than 23 tons of ice melt to try to get light rail service going.

Because roads are still icy, drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads if at all possible.

The weather has also affected airlines -- hundreds of people are still stranded at DFW Airport because of canceled flights.

Saturday, 490 flights were canceled, and 200 departing flights have already been canceled for Sunday.

Some have been sleeping on cots with only a few blankets. Even the DFW Airport Twitter account has been reaching out to stranded passengers, responding to tweets from people asking for blankets and cots.

More than 750 flights there were canceled Friday.


Closings and delays

The winter storm affected many plans for the Metroplex. Classes at nearby schools and colleges were canceled, and numerous holiday events and state championship football games were postponed as a precaution due to the winter weather.

The anticipated Grapevine Parade of Lights was postponed shortly before it was scheduled to start Thursday afternoon. Some of the floats were already in place when organizers decided to cancel the parade for safety reasons.

The 2013 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon scheduled for Sunday was canceled because of the current weather conditions. Officials said they made the decision for the safety of the participants, volunteers and spectators.

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