Morning commuters didn’t have to worry about icy roads and highways Monday morning in Tarrant County, but frigid temperatures forced residents to bundle up.
Observers in downtown Fort Worth, Arlington, North Richland Hills and Haslet all reported seeing fine flakes falling Sunday night. The weather service predicted that less than a quarter-inch would fall in the greater Tarrant County area by morning.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport recorded just a trace of snow Sunday night, but it was enough to cause several dozen flight cancellations.
The National Weather Service predicted that the iciest conditions would most likely be near the Red River.
The North Texas Tollway Authority prepped its roads, including Chisholm Trail Parkway from Cleburne to Fort Worth, President George Bush Turnpike and Sam Rayburn Tollway, on Sunday.
NTTA crews sprayed major overpasses with a brine solution to lower the chances of iced-over roadways and sent out 24 trucks to patrol 850 miles — the agency’s entire system — starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, a release from the agency said. Most NTTA roads are in the north Dallas area.
The patrols continued overnight and into Monday morning, the release says, adding that crews on “HotShot” trucks also will put down sand for traction, a magnesium chloride de-icer called Meltdown 20 and salt on ice patches as needed.
Lows were in the mid-20s Monday morning through most of North Texas, and the temperature isn’t expected to climb above freezing until 10 or 11 a.m., when the sun warms up the DFW area, said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
At 9 a.m. Monday, the temperature at D/FW Airport was 28 degrees.
Monday’s high is expected to be in the 40s, and residents will again wake up on Tuesday to frigid temperatures as the low will be about 25 degrees in Tarrant County.
But relief from freezing temperatures is on the way.
Temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s Tuesday and warm to the 60s by Wednesday.
Temperatures in the 60s will continue into the weekend with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to forecasters.
Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.
STAY ON TOP OF CONDITIONS
Online sources for keeping up with the weather:
• To see area road conditions, go to the TxDOT site drivetexas.org
• For a full list of TxDOT Twitter accounts, go to txdot.gov.
• To follow TxDOT on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/txdot.
• For the National Weather Service, go to forecast.weather.gov
• To see specifics on the NTTA roads, go to www.ntta.org.