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February 2, 2014

Morning drivers could face icy bridges across North Texas

Temperatures should reach the 40s later Monday, but another front is coming.

Commuters likely will have to contend with ice-slick bridges early this morning, as temperatures in the 20s freeze what’s left of Sunday’s rain.

A chilly 24 degrees was the predicted low, but temperatures should warm to the lower 40s as the day goes on.

“What rain was left on bridges and overpasses will be ice,” said meteorologist Joe Harris at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Sunday. “And what snow and sleet melted will re-freeze, so drivers must be careful.”

Texas Department of Transportation crews were expected to be out all night to monitor the roadways, spokesman Val Lopez said Sunday.

“We’re expecting to see ice on some highways,” he said.

The freezing rain prompted cancellation of about 280 departures at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Sunday and caused traffic accidents across North Texas.

But the storm hit hardest in Jack, Wise and Stephens counties, where accumulations reached 2 to 3 inches, and snowplows were required on several highways north and west of Fort Worth.

Highs will be in the 60s Tuesday, but don’t put away the coats. Another cold front is on the way and expected to arrive Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to drop to the 20s. The high Wednesday will be just 30 degrees.

Chances for snow and freezing rain return Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Tarrant County. Forecasters predict that the mostly likely time will be late Friday or early Saturday, when the chance for freezing rain is 40 percent. Morning lows on those days will be in the 20s with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

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