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Life slowly returning to normal after ice storm

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The power is back on and most roads are now mostly clear of ice. So it's back to school and back to the normal routine for most people in North Texas.

The sun is also expected to come out for a while on Tuesday.

FOX 4 Meteorologist Evan Andrews said temperatures will range from 36 to 43 area wide with the sun coming out to melt the remaining ice. But it will be another freezing night followed by a few clouds and temperatures in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Schools in Dallas, Arlington, Richardson and Plano joined other school districts that have already resumed classes. Fort Worth and McKinney schools will open two hour late.

There was a report that Keller was also delayed, but it is closed Tuesday. Other schools that are still closed include Grapevine-Colleyville, Denton and Azle.

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There were still some icy patches on the overpasses in North Texas Tuesday morning, but they were not as thick.

FOX 4's Chip Waggoner said some of the worst areas were on eastbound I-20 at E Loop 820, on the Hwy. 114 ramps to Loop 12 and Hwy. 183, northbound I-35W at Western Court, northbound I-35E at Rosedale, southbound Hwy. 67 at Kiest and Freeport Parkway over LBJ.

Several crashes because of the ice also made the morning commute even worse.

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The Texas Department of Transportation admitted it was surprised by the intensity of last week's winter storm.

The agency that is supposed to keep the roads safe and clear did neither.

It claims trouble spots were pre-treated, but the thick ice forced workers to break though it layer by layer.

Drivers are frustrated days after the storm with ice still on the roads.

"Sometimes the storm comes in with a lot more than we anticipate or a lot more than we can handle given the resources that we have and the amount of roads that we have to cover," said Tony Hartzel, a spokesman for TxDOT.

TxDOT called it a learning experience and will look at areas where there was trouble to see what it can do differently next time.

Power Outages

Electricity has been restored to most North Texas homes and businesses as recovery continues from last week's ice storm.

Oncor on Tuesday reported power restoration is essentially complete in the Dallas area. Crews continue working in the Paris area, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas, where scattered outages continue.

More than a quarter of a million Oncor customers lost power Friday at the height of the storm

Gas Demand

There is a shortage of gasoline in some parts of North Texas. Stations say delivery trucks have not showed up since the ice storm because the roads were too dangerous.

"They'll come in. they're asking for gas and I'll tell them we don't' have regular, we don't have mid-grade. They think they're going to find it down the street, which they're not because so many gas stations around here are without gas right now," said Mary Ismail, a Texaco gas station owner.

Some stations are not expecting their next tanker trucks until Thursday.


Dallas Area Rapid Transit's rail service is almost back to normal.

The system closed Friday morning because of ice buildup on overhead power lines.

The red, orange and green lines are now all on a normal schedule. The blue line is not running from LBJ Skillman to Rowlett.

DART expects to restore service by Tuesday afternoon.

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