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Sleet, Rain And Snow Hit Parts Of Texas

The worst part of that winter blast stayed away from most parts of East Texas. But, those to our west saw sleet, freezing rain and snow.  The weather conditions did not cause any major problems.  But they did slow things down, closing some facilities down altogether.

Drivers traveling down I-20 say they were relieved once they got out of the Dallas area. "Pretty wet, bridges kinda icy, traffic's moving pretty slow," said Ennis resident Cory Constable.  The 30-year-old made a stop in Terrell, on his way to Longview from Ft. Worth, to deliver an ocean container shipment. Ice built up all over his truck, from this morning's rain and freezing temperatures.

In Gainesville, about 70 miles north of Dallas, the sleet came down hard. Some school districts in north Texas closed for the day, and the cold weather forced hundreds of cancellations at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.

Lawrence Pare, 70, who works for a nursing home in Terrell said the weather conditions have them fearing the worst. "We're just worried about taking patients to the hospital or anything in that manner," said Pare.  "They're in wheelchairs so it takes us a little bit of time to get them into the van, make sure that they're warm."

Truck drivers we spoke with say ice is their biggest worry.  "When it gets ice on bridges the best thing to do is go home or park or wait until the weather gets better," said Tommy Barlow, a truck driver from Hazlehurts, MS.   "That's what I think. And if it gets real bad, I'll park."

It's advice April Hughes is going to take, even though she's only traveling 15 miles. "I'll just go home and stay there," said Hughes.

But others do not have a choice, and must keep the course. "I don't know what it's going to be like from here to Shreveport. Like I say, if they get the sand on the bridge it'll be ok," said Barlow.

"You gotta slow down, take your time, keep an eye on everybody else. That's the main thing," said Constable.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.


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