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11/30/06

Texas Sees Full Assortment Of Winter Weather

FedEx truck overturned on the highway in Dallas. (CNN Newsone) FedEx truck overturned on the highway in Dallas. (CNN Newsone)
FedEx truck overturned on the highway in Dallas. (CNN Newsone) FedEx truck overturned on the highway in Dallas. (CNN Newsone)
KCBD Tower Cam in Lubbock, Texas. (KCBD) KCBD Tower Cam in Lubbock, Texas. (KCBD)
Wet Streets in Downtown Tyler, Texas (KLTV) Wet Streets in Downtown Tyler, Texas (KLTV)
Sleet, snow and freezing rains hit Texas today, canceling hundreds of flights and closing schools in the northern portion of the state.

Airlines canceled 200 departures from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The cancellations were aimed at allowing more time to de-ice all departing aircraft today, airport spokesman Ken Capps said.

In an e-mail, Capps said the cancellations will be spread over all carriers that serve DFW, but that Fort Worth-based American Airlines would be most affected since it has the most flights at the airport. More than 1,000 flights depart from DFW every day, Capps said.

Winter storm warnings cover much of the northern half of the state, and as much as 7 inches of snow fell overnight in parts of the Texas Panhandle.

Freezing temperatures and snow, sleet, freezing rain combined to glaze roads with ice and snow in much of the Panhandle, South Plains and the Red River Valley. Icy roads also were reported in the Texas heartland from Dallas-Fort Worth to San Angelo and Midland-Odessa.

Numerous private schools, colleges, universities and rural public school systems canceled or delayed classes in the affected areas today. Class schedules at urban and suburban public school systems remained largely unaffected.

After more than 5 hours, Stemmons Freeway in Dallas reopened following an early-morning crash where a FedEx truck overturned on the highway. Officials working to clear the scene were able to open two lanes of traffic shortly after 8:30 a.m.The accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. and jammed traffic on the southbound lanes in downtown Dallas. A tandem trailer jackknifed and rolled over before colliding with the guardrail, closing all lanes of the southbound freeway through downtown.The driver was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said the highway will be closed for several hours while crews unload the trailer and then remove the wreckage.

The cold front has now moved through East Texas. Temperatures are as much as 35 degrees colder right now than they were just 24 hours ago. Fortunately, All of East Texas is still above freezing, although just barely. Later today, those temperatures will drop below freezing. We do not expect any accumulation on the roadways of snow or frozen precipitation since temperatures have been so warm around here for the last week. It simply will take the ground much longer to cool to below freezing than the air.

AP contributed to this report.

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