You Should Stay Home Again, If You Can. The National Weather Service extended an ice storm warning through this morning for the western part of Dallas-Fort Worth. We stayed in the 20s overnight, during which another half inch of ice settled onto the streets in some parts of the metro area. The freezing rain came while you were sleeping, and you can expect more freezing rain and sleet throughout the day. The high is about 32 and a low of 30, which means another day that we won’t be getting above freezing. Normal rain won’t come until Thursday after 10 a.m., once temperatures hike to a positively tropical 37 degrees. There are about 1,400 power outages across North Texas, which has knocked out power to about 51,290 customers. That’s not a result of the grid bottoming out; ice accumulation is causing tree branches to split off and break onto the power lines. DART has stopped running its streetcar from Oak Cliff to downtown and is warning riders of delays to buses and rail. The U.S. Postal Service has closed 44 branch locations and warned that carriers may not make their deliveries today. Meanwhile, ice on Interstate 20 backed up traffic for 20 miles through Palo Pinto and Parker counties after 18-wheelers couldn’t get traction. Closer to Dallas, a group of Jeeps helped pull dozens of semi trucks off Interstate 20. The Texas Department of Transportation is running crews 24 hours a day, clearing and treating roadways. And, of course, pretty much all the major school districts are shut down on Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted throughout the day.
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