Texas storm is setting temperature, snow records

12/8/2013

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Several cold weather records have been set or tied around Texas with this week's storm.

In Amarillo, the temperature early Saturday dropped to 3 degrees, equaling a mark from 2005. Similarly, Borger tied its record low mark of 5, also from 2005.

Highs at Abilene (25) and San Angelo (31) on Friday were the lowest ever for Dec. 6, breaking marks from 1972.

A half-inch of snow Thursday in Wichita Falls is the most ever since records began in 1897. A trace of snow at Waco was the most for Friday since 1944.

And 0.4 inches of snow  Friday at Dallas-Fort Worth is a record. Previously, a trace was reported in 1969.

In South Texas, the high of 39 Friday at Del Rio was the lowest ever for December 6th.

TEXAS-WINTER STORM-DFW AIRPORT

Cots, free sandwiches, cookies at iced-in DFW

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The cots have been dispensed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and airport staffers are passing out free coffee, cookies and sandwiches to iced-in travelers.

A few dozen people appeared to be sleeping on cots Saturday afternoon inside Terminal D at the sprawling airport.

Others, like 26-year-old Joel Dutton, found diversions like watching football on their laptop computers.

Dutton is trying to get home to Huntsville, Alabama after a year-long Christian mission trip. He's in good spirits even though he'll have to sleep on a cot until Sunday morning.

He says he's used to traveling and backpacking, so it's not his first time sleeping at an airport.

TEXAS-WINTER STORM

Ice stalls sections of I-35 in North Texas

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say treacherous sections of icy Interstate 35 north of Dallas have been closed for hours at a time intermittently over the last day as tractor-trailers have difficulty climbing hills, wrecks occur and vehicles stall.

Jody Gonzalez, chief of Denton County Emergency Services, said Saturday about 200 people have been in shelters in the Sanger area — about 50 miles north of Dallas — after getting stuck.

He says some were able to drive to the shelter while others were rescued from their vehicles stuck on the highway and taken to shelters.

Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford says road graders and more sand and salt trucks are being sent to try to ease the ice problems.

According to Releford, "We're sending in everything we've got."

TEXAS-WINTER STORM-WRECK

Person dies after car plunges into Lake Lewisville

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A person has died after a pickup truck went off of an icy Interstate 35 bridge and into Lake Lewisville in North Texas.

Denton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen says that the vehicle went over a guardrail off the interstate early Saturday morning. She says authorities believe there is only one victim.

The victim's body has been taken to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

TEXAS-STORM-SANGER SHELTER

Church houses marooned motorists from icy I-35

SANGER, Texas (AP) — People forced off icy Interstate 35 in North Texas have been directed to several shelters set up quickly in the town of Sanger, about 40 miles north of Dallas.

Erin Claiborne, a pharmacist in Bartlesville, Okla., has been at a church shelter since late Friday night with her husband and 14-year-old daughter.

They were headed from Bartlesville to DFW Airport — about 300 miles away — and the shelter was much better than the treacherous highway, where she says vehicles were on the side of the road, in ditches, overturned or just abandoned.

Karen Perry, one of the Sanger Church of Christ members caring for marooned travelers, says around 100 people spent Friday night and they were expecting some to be with them for at least another night.

MULTI-TRUCK-PILEUP

Deadly vehicle pileup hits I-10 in West Texas

PECOS, Texas (AP) — Transportation officials say a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in West Texas has closed a portion of the highway and claimed the life of at least one.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Santos Carrasco Junior says the pileup occurred Saturday and involved 10 vehicles. He says one person has died but the person's name was not released.

The Texas Department of Transportation said the pileup was due to icy weather conditions on I-10 westbound at mile marker 192. The accident is about 160 miles east of El Paso and four miles east of the Interstate 20 interchange.

Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 285 in Pecos, and some of it into New Mexico.

West Texas and parts of southeastern New Mexico are battling dangerously icy roads and freezing temperatures this weekend thanks to a cold front.

TEXARKANA BOWL-RESCHEDULED

Live United Bowl in Texarkana rescheduled

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The Live United Texarkana Bowl in Texarkana between Harding University and Texas A and M Commerce has been rescheduled.

Harding officials say the bowl game that was postponed because of wintry weather is now scheduled for December 13th with kickoff set for 6 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was delayed after a winter storm warning was issued on Thursday for a wide area that included Texarkana.


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