Thursday, January 18, 2007

Baby, it's cold outside!

Tricky weather could linger
By Scott Farwell / The Dallas Morning News

Most roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area remained free of ice for Thursday's morning commuters.

Temperatures will continue to flirt with freezing until midday, forecasters say, but drivers should have traction after road crews worked overnight sanding on-ramps and overpasses.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn said there was very little weather activity in North Texas early this morning. The temperature at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 10:45 a.m. was 35 degrees.

One TxDOT official told WFAA-TV (Ch. 8) that the department's supply of de-icing chemicals was dangerously low.

As a result, TxDOT's backup supply of sand is also running down, and fresh supplies of de-icer won't arrive if more wintry weather hits North Texas going into the weekend.

Snow's still on the ground outside my apartment, though not nearly as much as yesterday (see the picture). Working from home today to avoid crazy big-rig drivers who go too fast over lake bridges. The worst weather this week had to be Monday though - ice covered roads, bridges and cars completely. My drive into downtown Dallas to work a holiday shift - going about 15 mph - took almost two hours. (Normal driving time is around 25 minutes.) Family and friends on the East Coast should bundle up and prepare - it's heading your way!