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December 7, 2013

PACKED IN ICE

North Texas goes into deep freeze

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Collins said three trucks worked throughout the night in 12-hour shifts, sanding bridges and overpasses with help from TxDOT crews. The 12-hour shifts were expected to continue as temperatures are not expected to get above freezing until possibly Sunday.

“The slush that is being generated right now is only going to refreeze which will cause more problems,” Collins said. “It’s the old adage, if you don’t have to be out on the roads, don’t be.”

Still, there were some who needed to get around. Bill Paxson made the drive in from Millsap and said it took him almost four times longer.

“It ain’t half bad here compared to Millsap,” said Paxson as he filled his gas tank at Brookshire’s. “Of course, there’s a lot more traffic here as well.”

Paxson said he was heading to work in Fort Worth. He had hoped to get the day off like his wife and kids, but duty as a nurse at John Peter Smith Hospital called.

As Friday morning wore on, people were seen going into local grocery stores to buy items needed to ride out the cold weekend.

Patty Oglesby, with AA Wrecker, said their call volume nearly doubled over a typical day and all the towing services were busy. She said nearly all calls were for stranded motorists.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, Weatherford police reported no major accidents, according to Sgt. Stewart Chalmers. He said there were a few minor incidents involving 18-wheeled trucks trying to get into truck stops.

Chalmers said city and state road crews were working together to maintain the major arteries throughout the city, and people staying home and off the roads aided in keeping things quiet.

Chalmers said one of the biggest dangers from the weather in addition to the ice, is not being prepared for the cold conditions.

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