Dallas-Fort Worth is hunkered down under a thin but lethal layer of ice, with sleet and freezing rain expected to prevail through Thursday, February 24.
The area is under a winter storm warning until 6 pm. It was originally predicted to hit 38 degrees on Thursday, but unfortunately is now forecast to not get much above freezing. Dreamy meteorologist Kyle Roberts says there will be "minimal melting."
DFW Scanner reports that there's a major accident in Fort Worth, with all lanes of southbound I-35W closed near Texas Motor Speedway due to an overturned 18-wheeler, and possibly an officer involved in the crash, as well.
WFAA is ruling with updates that include not only radar but also a weather person pointing to a TV screen showing images of stuff happening on Facebook. They have it covered.
FOX 4 says a "light, but study round" of freezing drizzle is expected to fall throughout the morning. (Surely they mean "steady" and not study.)
Everyone is being warned to stay off the roads to prevent inevitable accidents like this one on Harry Hines Boulevard, or this backup on Royal Lane at US-75. The Dallas Police Department said it had responded to nearly 500 crashes as of 5 pm Wednesday.
Team of truck drivers with the City of Dallas Department of Public Works have been out for 48 hours using sand trucks to de-ice bridges, crossovers, and streets.
For the best and most up-to-date compendium of collisions and other roadway snafus, watch community news site DallasTexasTV.
Fort Worth public transit
Trinity Railway Express (TRE) is operating on a Saturday schedule.
Trinity Metro bus routes will run on a Saturday schedule on Thursday February 24, with the following exceptions:
- No service on Molly the Trolley
- No service on The Dash
- No Route 31/CentrePort Circulator
- No Routes 23, 30, 111, Burnett Plaza Lunch Line, Express Routes 61, 63, 65, 66 & 67
TEXRail will operate on its regular schedule. TRE will operate on a Saturday schedule. ACCESS paratransit will be available for life-sustaining trips.
Customer care representatives will be available by phone at 817-215-8600.
Dallas public transit
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has extended "Operating Scenario 2" of their Severe Winter Weather Operating Plans through the end of the day on Thursday, February 24. DART rail operations remain suspended. To replace the rail service, they'll operate 14 shuttle bus routes between rail stations that will run every 45 minutes. DART bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule from 5 am-9 pm. DART will determine a service restoration timeline based on weather conditions. The Dallas Streetcar will not operate at this time, but there will be a shuttle bus running to and from EBJ Union Station and the Bishop Arts District, making all stops.
DART transit centers will be open from 5 am-9 pm, manned by DART staff:
- Addison Transit Center
- Arapaho Center Station
- Buckner Station
- Central Business District (CBD) West Transfer Center
- Central Business District (CBD) East Transfer Center
- Downtown Garland Station
- Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station
- J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center
- Lake June Station
- Ledbetter Station
- Parker Road Station
- South Garland Transit Center
- Cockrell Hill Transfer Location will be available between 6 am-2 pm.
The Operating Scenario 2 shuttle bus routes are available on the DART website at www.dart.org/winterweather.