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December 7, 2013

PACKED IN ICE

North Texas goes into deep freeze

By BRIAN SMITH

As much as 3 inches of ice and sleet made Friday fun for some people, frustrating for others while the rest simply took the rare winter storm in stride.

Icy roads and below-freezing temperatures kept most Parker County residents home Friday and into the weekend as area schools and many businesses closed early and weekend events were canceled or rescheduled.

Weatherford’s Christmas Parade was postponed until next Saturday, Dec. 14, and Christmas on the Square was canceled. Also canceled was Careity Foundation’s Celebrity Cutting Horse and Concert at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth and the Aledo-Wichita Falls high school football playoff game was postponed this weekend with hopes to play it Monday. No time or location had been set as of Saturday’s early publication time for this edition.

There were no reports of widespread power outages in Parker County. To the east, as many as 260,000 homes and businesses were without power at times on Friday, affecting some one-half million people as temperatures Friday night and into Saturday morning were forecast to plunge into the teens in most areas and into the single digits to the north and west of the DFW area.

No utility interruptions were reported locally, according to a City of Weatherford spokesperson.

Weatherford and Parker County crews sanded roads Thursday and Friday but road conditions remained hazardous throughout Friday and were expected to worsen overnight. Another light round of frozen precipitation was forecast for Saturday evening into Sunday morning before conditions begin to slowly improve.

Weatherford Director of Electric Utilities Joe Farley said much of the precipitation in town came in the form of sleet with smaller amounts of freezing rain, which might have helped the situation. Weatherford street crews were dropping sand from trucks starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Streets Superintendent Jim Collins.

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