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Winter weather causes accidents, flight cancellations

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Winter weather hit parts of North Texas, mostly to the North and West.  Tarrant and Parker Counties saw a dangerous combination of rain and freezing temperatures on Sunday.  In Tarrant County, mostly rain fell mixed with sleet Sunday morning. 

Later in the day, the streets began to dry, making some drivers a little too confident.  A pickup truck crashed into the guard rail on Loop 820 over interstate 30 in west Fort Worth.  Police and an ambulance responded, while traffic steered around the wreck.  At the same location on the eastbound entrance ramp, a car smashed its front end after the driver lost control.  Farther north, conditions became even slicker.  In Springtown, along highway 199, a car was abandoned after it slid off the roadway and ended up in a muddy ditch. 

While the streets later cleared, cars were still caked with sleet.  The signs of sleet and the freezing rain will cling to freezing overnight temperatures, and could cause a challenge for driving during the Monday morning commute.  Temperatures are forecasted to remain well below freezing overnight into the morning.

The City of Dallas jumped into action to head off accidents related to the falling ice and rain.  Once the temperature hit freezing this afternoon, the city went into Ice Force Level One. 

Seventy workers and thirty trucks were called out to monitor trouble spots and prevent icing problems.  The city says it doesn't send out its trucks until the roads begin to freeze because if sanding begins while precipitation is falling, the sand could wash off and be of no effect. 

City crews are operating in twelve-hour shifts.  The first shift started at noon on Sunday.  Dallas officials expect to continue running shifts through Monday until icing is no longer a concern on bridges and overpasses.

Almost 300 flights were canceled Sunday at DFW Airport because of the winter weather advisory. 

Planes were de-iced throughout the day.  Runways and taxiways were in good condition early Sunday morning. 

Several passengers told FOX 4 they found out about their flight cancellations early and were able to reschedule new flights.  DFW Airport officials say the airport was able to accommodate passengers affected by the winter weather and didn't expect many people to have to spend the night at the airport. 

No flights were canceled or delayed at Dallas Love-Field Airport.  Southwest Airlines canceled a few flights, but none were in Texas.

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