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December 7, 2013

PACKED IN ICE

North Texas goes into deep freeze

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“People will get stuck and have no way of staying warm,” Chalmers said. “We have dangerous wind chills and this [frozen precipitation] isn’t going away anytime soon.”

Weatherford Home Depot Store Manager Chris McBrayer said the store sold many faucet covers, stacks of firewood and ice melters Thursday ahead of the storm. Friday morning, sales were reported slow but steady as people saw the effects of the storm and came in to purchase items such as chainsaws.

The weather led to more than 1,000 cancelations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest airports and a key hub for Fort Worth-based American Airlines. Many travelers were stuck waiting — and hoping for another flight.

Those arriving in North Texas were having trouble finding cabs as many drivers stayed home. Dallas-area light rail trains were not running.

Police in Arlington reported one driver was killed when his car slammed into a truck. Authorities in Oklahoma reported two weather-related traffic deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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