One other winter storm may throw one other 5 inches of snow on Dallas-Fort Value

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The sun came out on Monday, but it didn’t do much to warm the millions of Texans who were struggling without electricity.

The temperature at DFW International Airport peaked at 14 degrees shortly after 4 p.m. – one degree lower than the day’s previous record low and not nearly enough to clear the roughly 4 inches of snow that fell on Sunday.

And before people have a good chance of stabilizing, more snow could be on the way to improve the slick conditions that have made even short trips from home treacherous, according to the National Weather Service.

According to Jason Dunn, a weather services meteorologist, Tuesday’s low temperatures are expected to be back in the single digits, and gusty winds will feel more like minus 15 degrees.

Dallas-Fort Worth was under a wind chill warning until Tuesday noon – the first of its kind in North Texas.

“The coldness of the cold wind can cause frostbite on exposed skin in just 30 minutes,” said the weather service. “Avoid outside activities whenever possible.”

The next round of wintry weather is expected to take place Tuesday afternoon in Texas, crossing the Red River before heading south towards Dallas, Dunn said.

Areas north of Interstate 20 could get 3 to 5 inches more snow.

“This should mainly be a mix of freezing rain and / or sleet, which could result in additional heavy icing, especially south of the Metroplex,” said Dunn.

After a winter storm warning expired on Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued another for all of Dallas-Fort Worth. The alert, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Thursday, urged North Texans to avoid travel late Tuesday through Wednesday and warned of further blackouts.

“A really historic event”

Governor Greg Abbott deployed the National Guard across the state on Monday to conduct welfare checks and move those in need to warming centers.

To clear roads and help key workers, Abbott also deployed resources including 3,300 state troopers and 3,300 patrol vehicles, as well as employees from the Texas Military Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force.

President Joe Biden issued a letter of urgency for Texas on Sunday evening adding state aid to state and local response efforts.

Temperatures dropped in single digits as far as San Antonio, and Harris County officials warned the freezing could cause problems on the order of the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast each summer.

“We are living in a truly historic event,” said Jason Furtado, professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

The winter storm was part of a massive system that brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the southern plains and spread across the Ohio Valley and the northeast.

Cities in the Midwest are seeing record temperatures. In Minnesota, the Hibbing / Chisholm weather station, about 175 miles north of Minneapolis, reached minus 38 degrees while Sioux Falls, SD, fell to minus 26. Temperatures broke records in Nebraska as well.

In Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear warned residents to stay off the road as parts of the state were forecast to have up to 9 inches of snow. “It’s slippery and it’s dangerous,” he said.

Disruptions

Most flights from DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field were stopped for a second day on Monday. In Houston, the runways at Bush Intercontinental Airport should remain closed until Tuesday.

American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, canceled approximately 371 flights at DFW Airport, the main hub for routing most of its traffic through the central United States. The cancellations were almost the same as the 386 flights the airline suspended on Sunday.

At Dallas Love Field, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled all flights by 1:00 p.m. to give the runways and nearby roads time to clear, spokeswoman Brandy King said. The airline had a “thinned out” flight schedule for the rest of the day.

Delta and Alaska Airlines canceled both flights from Love Field Monday morning, said airport spokesman Chris Perry.

It wasn’t much better nationwide, where airlines canceled about 3,200 flights on Monday, according to Flightaware.com.

Water companies in the Dallas area were getting dozens of calls about frozen pipes as early as Monday, and the number rose as temperatures stayed below freezing. Residents were encouraged to keep the faucets running to reduce the risk of freezing.

In Grand Prairie the crews had problems repairing two main water breaks due to the extreme cold. However, none of the breaks caused major problems.

The power outages and dangerous road conditions forced many companies to close on Monday.

The NorthPark Center and Golden Triangle Mall in Denton were closed all day, and the Galleria in Dallas closed for lunch. Many grocery stores like Kroger and Central Market also wanted to close early.

HEB, the state’s largest grocery chain, closed locations in the Austin and San Antonio areas, cities with few resources available for road clearing.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said some heating centers in his cities had to close because those places were losing electricity.

The severe cold also created problems for the state’s efforts to distribute coronavirus vaccines. Texas, due to receive more than 400,000 vaccine doses this week, does not expect deliveries until Wednesday, according to state health officials.

Risky roads

The Texas Department of Transportation announced Monday that some snow had built up on almost every street in North Texas after the storm on Sunday.

Crews were working to treat icy spots and plows on Monday, but TxDOT put pressure on preventing people from taking to the streets, warning that power outages could affect traffic signals.

“Be careful at these intersections and treat them as a four-way stop until power is restored,” TxDOT said in a written statement.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit suspended all light rail traffic on Sunday evening and will not resume rail operations until Thursday morning.

DART buses, which ran on Saturdays, stopped working on Monday afternoon due to “deteriorating road conditions” in the region and were supposed to start operating again on Tuesday morning.

The Trinity Railway Express was suspended from Monday evening through Thursday morning. The Dallas tram was not running while DART was operating on a winter weather schedule.

The authors Kyle Arnold and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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