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Crews continue to treat roads for more freezing drizzle; warming stations open

There's a possibility of light drizzle and even freezing drizzle that could cause some slick spots on the roads.

DALLAS — Updated 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to include additional information.

North Texas could see more freezing rain over the next 48 hours. Slick roads caused some issues Wednesday morning.

The North Texas Tollway Authority is continuing to prepare roads in advance of more potential winter weather precipitation. They started Tuesday and will continue in the coming days.

Drivers are asked to use caution on the toll roads as NTTA vehicles pre-treat the surfaces.

The Texas Department of Transportation started pretreating bridges and overpasses Monday and finished on Tuesday.

On Wednesday night, there is a possibility of freezing rain that could cause some slick spots on the roads.

Temperatures will be hovering around freezing for most of North Texas, but where temperatures drop below freezing we could see some light ice accumulations.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth's Transportation and Public Works Department is monitoring the incoming weather and has its fleet with sanders for possibly icy conditions. Crews are on standby and have u to 30 trucks available if needed. Staff will continue to update...

All City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department community centers are designated emergency shelters. Should a center be activated as an emergency shelter, the hours of operation will comply with the needs of the Emergency Management Office.

Remember to download the WFAA app to check one of our dozens of local radars near you as well as the latest forecast, cameras and current conditions.

Warming stations set up in North Texas cities

Plano will provide an overnight warming station for those who would otherwise be sleeping outside during freezing/inclement weather.

The station opens at 6:30 p.m. at 3528 14th St. in Plano.

Garland will have a warming station on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Call 972-495-6476 for shelter locations and bus info. Go here for more information.

Denton will open up buildings to help protect from the cold. When the temperatures drop below freezing, select City facilities are open for respite from the cold.

Here are the locations:

MLK Jr. Rec Center: 1300 Wilson St. 940-349-8575. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City fire stations will be open from Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.: 

Station 2: 110 Mockingbird Lane
Station 4: 2110 E. Sherman Drive
Station 5: 2230 W. Windsor Drive
Station 6: 3232 Teasley Lane
Station 7: 4201 Vintage Parkway

Credit: City of Denton

RELATED: List of warming centers in DFW   

Cold weather

MedStar emergency services, which serves Fort Worth, will be implementing the cold weather response protocol once the "real feel" temperatures go below 20 degrees.

Under that protocol, response priorities are upgrades for patients in an outdoor area, unprotected from the cold.

Here's MedStar's advice to avoid cold-weather health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia:

  • Wear cold weather appropriate clothing such as gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots.
    • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover your face and mouth if possible.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
  • Stay dry, and if you become wet, remove wet clothing immediately.
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • Avoid exerting yourself when working in the cold. Dress warmly and work slowly.
  • Be aware of carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that is poisonous to breathe. Operate all gasoline-powered devices, such as gas-powered heaters outdoors and never bring them indoors.
Credit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention


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