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1/14/07

Ice Storm Hits North Texas

Chris Dotson with Charter Communications inspects ice damaged power lines in the University City neighborhood in St. Louis Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. Chris Dotson with Charter Communications inspects ice damaged power lines in the University City neighborhood in St. Louis Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.
Chuck Goddard of Goddard Tree Service uses a trimmer to saw a frozen fallen tree near Springfiled on Saturday. Chuck Goddard of Goddard Tree Service uses a trimmer to saw a frozen fallen tree near Springfiled on Saturday.
Tow operators prepare to right a vehicle Friday after it flipped on ice-covered U.S. 71 in Kansas City, Missouri. Tow operators prepare to right a vehicle Friday after it flipped on ice-covered U.S. 71 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Freezing rain and sleet hit northern Texas today, creating slick conditions on bridges and overpasses.

At least two people have died on the icy roads since the system entered the state.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, temperatures were dipping below freezing this morning.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says that a freeze line slowly moved across North Texas and was expected to be in East Texas by later tonight. The line extended down to northern Hill Country.

In the Panhandle, which has had temperatures below freezing since Thursday night, about an inch of snow was expected today. That's according to Chris Kimble, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Amarillo.

He says a high of 20 was expected today in Amarillo.

A 43-year-old oil field worker was killed Friday night near Amarillo in a one-vehicle crash while driving on icy roads.

Ice was also a factor in an accident yesterday in Garza County in western Texas in which a five-year-old boy died.

 

Tornado damages homes in Texas

In San Marcos, Texas, a tornado damaged at least 13 homes, several businesses and the police headquarters. Fallen power lines blocked a section of Interstate 35 until crews could remove them, said Melissa Millecam, communications manager for the city, 30 miles south of Austin.

"It's a good bit of damage," she said. "It's still stormy and we've got power outages in different places."

More than 6 inches of rain fell in places across Central Texas, causing local flooding. Water also blocked three highways in southeastern Oklahoma, the Department of Transportation reported.

About 300 flights were canceled Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, spokesman David Magana said. Cancellations also were reported in St. Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

In Oklahoma, about 92,450 customers were without power early Saturday, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.

 

Another wave of winter on the way

More rain, freezing rain and snow was expected from northwest Oklahoma all the way to Wisconsin on Sunday, Pedigo said.

In Nevada, temperatures plunged as much as minus 28 in the northern part of the state, filling homeless shelters to capacity and prompting ranchers to use axes to break ice in troughs so cattle could drink, authorities said.

In California's San Joaquin Valley, where much of the state's nearly $1 billion citrus crop is grown, temperatures dropped into the teens overnight Friday. Growers burned fires, sprayed warm irrigation water and ran giant fans to keep cold air away from their oranges, lemons and tangerines.

A.J. Yates, California's agriculture undersecretary, said the citrus industry could be substantially damaged if the temperature stays below 25 degrees for six hours or longer. Citrus growers said it was too soon to evaluate the damage.

"Overall I don't think it was a catastrophe last night," grower Ron Turner, 52, of Exeter, said Saturday. "But how this thing plays out in the next few days is going to be the key."

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