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Ice storm's wrath leaves hundreds of truckers, motorists stranded

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While North Texas temperatures have risen slightly on Sunday compared to Saturday, ice is still proving to be problematic on the roads.

Hundreds of truck drivers and motorists headed westbound on I-20 near the Brazos River have been at a standstill for hours, according to a driver FOX 4 spoke with by phone.

The truck driver, who didn't want to reveal his name, said that he had been headed to California. He left the Pilot at Weatherford around 8:30 a.m. Sunday and said that things were going smoothly for a while on I-20 before traffic came to a halt.

When he ran into standstill traffic Saturday, it took him 11 hours to get from Sulphur Springs to Weatherford.

Now, he's worried about running out of fuel. 

"I'm down to a quarter of a tank right now," he said, adding that he'll probably turn off his engine soon to save gas because even though it's cold outside, it's not as bad as it was Saturday.

He also said that truck stations between where he is now and Abilene, his next stop, have run out of fuel.

While he's not sure how long he'll be stuck for, he said that he has some junk food for when he gets hungry, and that if it comes to it, he could use potato chips to start a fire.

The driver has chains on his truck, but says that other drivers without them aren't helping to alleviate the traffic congestion.

"A lot of these drivers are from Northeast Texas, so there's never really a need [for chains on tires]," he said. "But if they don't have chains, they need to stay off the road."

He said that vehicles headed on the eastbound part of the highway are moving at around 25 miles per hour, but he offers some advice for anyone thinking about going near I-20 anytime soon: "I recommend people go south," he said. "Just avoid Dallas altogether, even if takes another half tank of fuel."

Saturday, hundreds of motorists were also stranded on I-35 for hours; some even overnight.

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