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Ice still a problem in North Texas on Monday

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Ice is still causing problems for many people in North Texas.

While most schools closed again Monday, many commuters had to get back on roads for work. "Cobblestone ice" on overpasses, especially on Interstates 30, 35, 20 and the President George Bush Turnpike near Highway 75, made for a very slow and hazardous commute.

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The Monday morning commute was a treacherous mess for drivers on Interstate 30 near Montgomery Street in Fort Worth. Several cars were stuck in the ice.

The problem was the refreeze overnight. People assumed the roads would be clear by and didn't realize how bad it was until it was too late.

Traffic was moving at a cautious 5 miles per hour.

Other bad spots included the Freeway Parkway overpass on Highway 114 near DFW Airport and the Bush Turnpike at Highway 75.

By midday TxDOT crews fanned out across North Texas to try to remove the remaining ice from the roadways. Trucks scraped icy buildup along I-35 in Denton County.

The city of Dallas halted sanding operations as temperatures moved above freezing. The city said crews will be monitoring the situation on Monday.


Full service on the DART Red, Orange and Green lines were restored as of Monday at 3:30 p.m. DART officials said only partial service remained on the Blue line.

Bus shuttles are operating on the Blue line from LBJ/Skillman to Rowlett.

DART does not expect full Blue line service until midday Tuesday.

DART ran its light rail trains overnight Sunday to keep ice off its power lines, but its light rail service operated on a limited schedule Monday morning.


As of Tuesday night, there are only a few thousand businesses and homes still without power.

Most of them, about 2,100, are in Dallas County. More than 700 are in Collin County, and about 400 are in Rockwall.

Outages in Tarrant County and Denton are down to double digits


Airlines canceled 350 flights Monday at DFW Airport and said it operated at about 60 percent of its usual daily flight loads. Four of its six runways are fully operational. Airport officials said 650 people spent Sunday night in the airport, down from the thousands who did so over the weekend.

DFW Airport brought in entertainment to cheer up passengers stranded by the storm. There was a juggler on stilts and face painting for children.


Although many major school districts in North Texas stayed closed on Monday, students in Garland and a few other districts had class.

Garland ISD officials said they considered the weather and road conditions before making their decision. Streets and sidewalks were pretty dry in the city and although it was cold outside, the buildings had electricity to keep students warm.

Tuesday, Arlington ISD, Coppell ISD, Frisco ISD, Grand Prairie, Richardson ISD and Lewisville ISD will operate on normal schedules.

Many other schools will remain closed, while others will operate on delayed schedules. To see the full list of closings and delays, click here.


Three high school playoff games were played locally on Monday. Two games were in Denton at UNT's Apogee Stadium. Crews could be seen Monday morning working to clear the field and stands of ice. Denton Ryan vs Cedar Hill kicked at 3 p.m. and Denton Guyer vs Birdville kicked at 7:30 p.m.

Wylie vs. Highland Park kicked off at 7 p.m. in Allen.


On Sunday people headed out to the grocery stores to restock on the essentials: bread, milk, meat and vegetables. At Kroger in Southlake, bread was a hot selling item.

"Well, mainly making sure we have everything topped off for the work week because we are not anticipating that it's going to get a lot better right away. So while we had the opportunity, we had a chance to get out and stock up," said Dave Yglesias, a customer.

The Southlake Kroger said it was waiting on a couple of delivery trucks. A lot of trucks were stuck on the roads because of the ice storm.


The winter weather may be to blame for at least five deaths.

A 75-year-old Dallas woman slipped on the ice Sunday morning outside her home near Love Field. A neighbor helped her inside, but hours later she was found dead.

A homeless woman died from exposure to the cold. She was found in south Dallas.

In North Dallas a 26-year-old man died when he lost control of his car and hit a tree. The crash happened just after midnight Sunday.

Early Saturday a person died after a truck plunged off I-35 into Lewisville Lake. It took several hours for emergency workers to pull the person and truck from the water.

And on Friday a man died when his car slammed into a truck in Arlington.

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