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Icy roads close schools, cause major traffic headaches

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March is here, but the winter weather just won't seem to go away for North Texas.

Rain, sleet, ice and even snow that fell in the area Sunday caused many problems for drivers on Monday morning, and closed many schools and businesses.

North Texans are asked to conserve electricity until 9 a.m. Tuesday by keeping thermostats as low as possible and avoiding running large appliances.

CLOSINGS/DELAYS

Many of the major districts in North Texas closed school on Monday. Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Allen, Mesquite, Garland and Denton ISDs were among the many districts who didn't have class.

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ROADS

TxDOT crews worked throughout the morning on Monday to clear roads with snow plows and sanding trucks, but in some areas, ice caused treacherous conditions.

Road conditions prompted a huge traffic backup on I-45 between Fairfield and Corsicana, and five people, including at least three children, were rushed to a hospital in Fort Worth after a school bus accident.

The bus crash happened along I-20 and Granbury Road.

The bus collided with a truck, but investigators are trying to find out exactly what happened. Two people were treated on the scene.

Arlington police also believe weather caused a two-vehicle accident Sunday that killed a man.

A pickup truck was disabled on the side of the road and the truck's driver was standing outside of the vehicle. A second vehicle lost control and struck the pickup and the driver. Police said the man died at the scene of the accident.

FORECAST

Morning lows on Monday dipped into the teens and even single digits in a few spots around North Texas. Winds were blowing out of the north at 10-20 miles per hour, dropping wind chills into the negative numbers.

Clouds Monday morning will give way to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. While the winds will subside, temps will only get up into the upper 20s and low 30s, not providing much-needed melting time.

That means that most of what's on the roadways now will stay there until we warm up into the 40s on Tuesday.

Conditions will be dry for the next few days until a chance for sprinkles and light rain moves through on Wednesday. However, with temperatures above freezing, they shouldn't be an issue for travel. 

AIRPORTS

Dallas Love Field reported eight canceled flights Monday.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported 40 cancellations Monday morning, and officials there say they're sanding surrounding roads as needed.

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