(December 8, 2013) The ice was beginning to melt as temperatures began to rise Sunday in Central Texas, but forecasters warn that any water that remains on road surfaces could refreeze overnight, making driving hazardous again Monday morning.
A freezing fog advisory was in effect until noon Sunday for most of the region and police reported dozens of mostly minor accidents as residents ventured out while roads remained icy in spots.
The freezing fog added a light layer of ice on road surfaces that were dry and standing water refroze overnight.
On Monday additional thawing is expected, but northwest of a Cameron to Athens line, roads that are wet and slush in the afternoon will refreeze overnight and the same process will occur on Tuesday, forecasters said.
Also, there’s a slight chance of light freezing rain Monday night southeast of a line from Lampasas to Terrell to Cooper that could produce light accumulations of ice.
Along the I-35 corridor, the sun could come out Sunday afternoon as temperatures rise into the upper 30s, but lows overnight will be in the upper 20s, which means any standing water will refreeze.
Monday will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain in the afternoon and highs around 40.
Monday night there’s a slight chance of rain in the evening that could transition to light freezing rain as temperatures drop into the mid-20s with wind chill readings as low as 14.
In North Texas, temperatures should rise to slightly above freezing Sunday, but forecasters say it may take several days for the ice to thaw completely.
Traffic on both Interstate 35E and I-35W near Denton was moving slowly Sunday because of icy conditions.
On eastbound Interstate 20 in Palo Pinto County, authorities were trying to clear a crash involving 10 18-wheelers and 20 other vehicles.
The Texas Department of Transportation had reports that trucks are backed up for 20 miles in that area.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain said temperatures Sunday could reach a high of 37 in some places, but aren't expected to get into the 40s till Wednesday.
Bitter cold settled in throughout North Texas after sleet, snow and ice pummeled the area Thursday night and Friday.
About 400 departures from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were cancelled Sunday.
On Interstate 35 north of Dallas, where traffic has come to a standstill for hours at a time, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesman said graders with blades have been brought in to break up thick ice.