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Cold enough? Get ready for some warmth

A warming trend beginning this afternoon is expected to push daily highs in North Texas above 50 degrees for the next five days, a weather official said Tuesday morning.

People in the area should expect frigid mornings and warm afternoons.

"Each day will progressively become warmer," said Dan Huckaby, a weather service meteorologist. "We may be pushing 70 degrees by Friday."

An arctic blast moved into the Dallas/Fort Worth area late Saturday. Since then the daily high has struggled to get above 30 degrees.

The cold front that was predicted to bring freezing rain early Tuesday morning brought only a light drizzle, though residents in rural areas had some icy roads, Huckaby said.

"We had some icing, but not the widespread event that could have made morning traffic difficult," Huckaby said. "There were some reports of icing west of Loop 820 and on Interstate 30 near the Parker County line."

A one-vehicle wreck on Texas 360 in Arlington forced authorities to close the overpass from northbound 360 to westbound Interstate 20 while emergency crews cleaned up the wreck on the two-lane overpass, according to Arlington police.

It was unclear how many, if any, people were injured in the 7 a.m. wreck.

The highs for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are expected to reach the lower 60s. Lows for the both nights are expected to stay above 40 degrees. Rain chances for this afternoon through Thursday are at 20 percent.

The weather service canceled a freezing rain advisory for parts of North Texas early today as temperatures eased above freezing. The temperature at D/FW Airport was 35 at 5:45 a.m., but dropped to 31 at 8 a.m. as a drizzling mist descended on the area.

Concerns had been raised that overnight rain could freeze and make travel hazardous. Television news station NBC5 reported "numerous" icy bridges this morning in North Texas.

For travelers, storms around the nation have forced countless cancellations and delays.

At D/FW, delays of 15 minutes or less were reported for both departures and arrivals, with no destination-specific delays reported.

At Los Angeles International Airport, flights to New York and New Jersey were delayed by at least 90 minutes because of the storms. Hundreds of flights to and from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver were canceled over the weekend, causing a ripple effect for travelers across the nation.

But the bad weather isn't hindering at least one world traveler. Starting tomorrow, you can track Santa's whereabouts here.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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