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February 3, 2014

Another cold week ahead for North Texas

Forecasters say there could be another chance for icy conditions on Thursday.

Winter will stick around this week with high temperatures remaining in the 30s except for Tuesday.

Forecasters also say North Texas could see another chance of wintry weather on Thursday night as another round of precipitation moves across the area with temperatures below freezing throughout the day. The question is whether there will be enough moisture to cause problems.

“We will be cold enough but we won’t have much moisture to work with,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh. “But it is something we’ll have to keep an eye on throughout the week.”

While roads were mostly dry in the DFW area, icy conditions still persisted northwest of Fort Worth into Wise County where about an inch of sleet fell Sunday. Some school districts, including Alvord ISD, Bridgeport ISD, Chico ISD, Decatur ISD and Jacksboro ISD, were closed Monday. Boyd ISD was opening two hours later than normal on Monday.

The icy conditions may also be to blame for a fatal accident on the Texas-Oklahoma border Sunday night.

Three people died in a collision on the Red River bridge between Texas and Oklahoma about 8 p.m. Sunday when the driver of an SUV lost control as he headed south on the U.S. 69/75 bridge.

The victims were identified as the driver Juan Garcia, 40, of Miami, Okla., passenger Anita Mayorga, 70, of Miami, Okla., as well as a child, according to Denison TV station KTEN. Three others, including the driver’s wife, Eugenia Garcia, 38, along with passenger Rosalinda Alaniz, 46, and another child were taken to Texoma Medical Center in stable condition. Oklahoma state troopers said a total of nine people from Miami were in the SUV, including five children, according to KTEN.

In some areas north of the DFW area, road conditions may be dicey for part of Monday because of the ice, Cavanaugh said.

“It’s going to take some time to melt,” Cavanaugh said.

Highs on Monday will reach the upper 30s across North Texas and then climb into the 50s on Tuesday before the next cold front arrives.

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