And a large number of people in Tarrant, Denton, Ellis and Kaufman counties also do not have power. Pity the poor power company employees: Oncor COO Jim Greer said there were more than 2,500 Oncor employees responding to power outages Friday.
Many major highways are still closed tonight and police departments around North Texas are urging drivers to stay off the roads. As for the latest closures and delays, according to TxDot, I35 NB & SB in Denton is backed up for miles due to stalled 18 wheelers and multiple crashes.
In Fort Worth the westbound ramp from West Freeway to Loop 820 South has been shut down, according to Fort Worth police.
About a dozen DFW concessionaires, at least two in each terminal will remain open tonight, Magana said.
Magana said DFW Customer Service teams will be monitoring checkpoints will provide cots, blankets, toiletry kits, diapers and formula as needed. Magana said as of Friday night there are two runways open and they expect a third to be cleared Saturday morning. The Highway 183 eastbound entrance ramp overpass into DFW Airport will also be closed tonight as road crews continue to clear it of snow and ice. In Collin County, a shelter is located at the City of Sachse City Hall, Building C at 3815 Sachse Road in Sachse.
In Denton County there is a shelter at the First United Methodist Church of Sanger located at 115 N. More roads continue to close down in North Texas, as police urge everyone to stay home and off the roads if possible. In Fort Worth, police said they have closed WB I20 at McCart and are diverting traffic to the service road because of at least three semi trucks that are stuck. In Irving the two right lanes NB on Macarthur near Las Colinas have been shut down due to high water, police said.
Oncor spoksewoman Jeamy Molina says they are encouraging customers with a power outage to have a Plan B if they can. And as closures continue all over North Texas, Woodall Rodgers is completely closed due to weather, Dallas Police said. In Irving, police said two lanes of North Macarthur just south of Las Colinas have been shut down with one lane open heading north. Meanwhile in Mesquite an overturned 18-wheeler has closed the ramp to NB 635 from WB US 80.
Meanwhile, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins beseeches those of us without power to seek shelter somewhere much warmer tonight. An awning on a pier at a Lewisville Lake marina collapsed today, damaging several boats and temporarily trapping a man. The incident occurred around noon at the Pier 121 Marina The man was not injured and was freed when the awning was removed, said Steve Carter, a division chief for the Lewisville Fire Department.
According to Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Michelle Releford, westbound Interstate 30 over the Trinity River is being closed as crews working on the Horseshoe Project attempt to sand an increasingly treacherous roadway. And according to the Dallas Police Department, the north- and southbound Interstate 35 ramps to Interstate 20 will close at 5 p.m. Alas, those of you awaiting your Friday trash pick-up (like me) will have to wait a little while longer.
They’re continuing to de-ice planes at the airport, which has remained operational during the ice storm. Safety of our participants, as well as our volunteers and spectators, is our primary concern on MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race weekend. Crews carrying barricades for the Dallas Marathon were headed back into downtown after the race was canceled. We met this morning with officials from the City of Dallas, Dallas Police Department and the Office of Special Events to assess the situation.
We regret that the race will not go on as planned, but are confident this decision is in the best interest of our runners, volunteers, spectators and the general public.

Additionally, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo for Friday and Saturday has been canceled. The weather and street conditions have forced the city to cancel its 42nd Annual Christmas Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday morning. The event, begun in 2002 by then Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, is a partnership between the Dallas Marathon and the Dallas Independent School District. Fallen trees like this one in Plano are largely to blame for today's massive power outage.
As we noted earlier this morning, Oncor planned ahead and brought in crews from all over the state, as well as other states, including Florida and Georgia.
The agency has also dealt with 111 calls for downed utility wires and nearly 20 structure fires.
With ongoing power outages, the agency is discouraging the use of candles or outdoor heating equipment to stay warm. At this time, we urge all participants planning to pickup their race packets to avoid driving downtown Friday morning. We are closely monitoring street conditions and are in constant communication with leadership from Dallas Police Department, City of Dallas officials and the Office of Special Events. Conditions for activities during the remainder of MetroPCS Dallas Marathon weekend, including Sunday’s running of the 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, are currently being assessed and we anticipate a decision will be made collaboratively by City of Dallas officials, Dallas Police Department, the Office of Special Events and our race organizers as soon as possible this (Friday) afternoon.
At the same time, he says, firefighters attempted to protect the building, though, of course, there was some damage to CBD Provisions and the exterior of the building.
Deputy Chief Vernon Hale of the city’s south central division said motorists need to give themselves plenty of time to get where they are going. For safety reasons, he said he’s also directed his officers to ride in pairs as much as possible to reduce the number of squad cars on the treacherous roads.
Downtown Dallas is more of a ghost town this morning, as evidenced by this look at an empty Houston Street toward Dealey Plaza.
A lot of trees have bent and snapped under the weight of the ice and you can hear them cracking if you walk up and down the streets. Walmart said nine of its 160 stores in the area hit by the storm are without power, and it’s working to restore power to them. In West Plano, near Plano Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway, roads were slushy but passable. A few tree limbs were down near Old Shepard Place Park, at Plano Parkway and Winding Hollow Lane, but nothing major.
In Richardson, drivers were greeted with slushy surface streets and persistent rain as the sun rose Friday morning. The Richardson Independent School District offices were closed and dark as traffic crawled by on Greenville Avenue. On the always-treacherous High Five interchange between Central Expressway and Interstate 635, a mixture of sand and salt provided traction for a steady stream of traffic headed into Dallas. Crews are attempting to deal with the transformer fire beneath the sidewalk in front of The Joule in downtown Dallas. Conditions are particularly awful in McKinney, where there are reports of a tree having fallen into a home. Elsewhere, all Collin County government offices are closed today; so too Fort Worth and Rowlett city offices. Frisco Municipal Court has canceled all jury trials for Friday but court remains open Friday. Streets throughout North Texas look like this one in Friso, where inch-deep ice just looks like snow. Two hours later that flame has become a billowing black smoke as firefighters let the fire burn. Roads are slick all over, and in Fort Worth Interstate 35W and Interstate 30 has been shut down due to ice-covered roadways.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is running limited operations this morning, according to spokesman Mark Ball.

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A driver, named Russ, said a truck stop in the 8000 block of South Polk Street in Dallas is completely packed as drivers are having difficulty leaving, due to severe ice.
City officials said street cleaners are on standby awaiting an opportunity to begin sweeping and sanding.
There are about 2,500 crews trying to restore power, mostly in Collin and Dallas counties, which were hardest hit by the ice storm.
And in Tarrant County, traffic is now starting to flow at what has been one tricky spot: the intersection of Interstates 30 and 35W in Fort Worth. And officials are cautioning drivers across North Texas to avoid the wintry mess if at all possible. Very little damage was done to the hotel, but as a safety precaution hotel guests were temporarily moved to the neighboring Magnolia Hotel. Nearby at the Spring Valley DART station, buses streamed in and out of the transfer point, but they appeared to have few riders.
Then comes a second round of precip, though this one isn’t likely to bring any accumulation, says Shoemaker.
But on Monday comes a secondary surge of cold air that’ll drop temperatures down to 16 early Tuesday morning. We will have more details shortly, but police say the accident was more than likely due to the icy roads.
Turns out there was a fire in the electrical vault beneath the sidewalk due to a blown transformer. Your comments are subject to our Terms of Service and the privacy policy and terms of service of your social network. Then car wrecks, where cars hit street poles connected to power lines, also caused problems. The freezing rain may be behind us, but low temperatures will hold the ice accumulation like a very efficient Sub Zero freezer.
Now is when those five fireplaces may come in handy to light, and your freezer should be ok for about 24 hours if you don’t open the door. Saturday for locations along and north of a line from Breckenridge to Weatherford to McKinney and Bonham.
Branches in residents’ yards can be left at the curb and will be picked up by crews next week. As long as drivers were cautious, moving no more than 15 to 20 miles per hour, all was well.
Commuters were clearly heeding warnings to stay home unless it was necessary to venture out. There is now a discussion about whether or not to shut off power to that section of downtown Dallas. Any new precipitation will just freeze again, leading to the possibility of more power outages.
Approximately 270,000 North Texas residents experienced power outages due to this storm and currently approximately 210,000 are without power.
Northbound Stemmons to eastbound LBJ and northbound Walton Walker at Singleton was also be closed.
As a result of the fire, the restaurant CBD Provisions incurred minor glass and smoke damage to its exterior; and the restaurant will be briefly closed for cleaning and repairs. We appreciate the quick response and efforts of Dallas Fire & Rescue and Oncor, as well as the support of The Magnolia Hotel,” Michael Tregoning, chief financial officer, Headington Companies.

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