Friday, February 12, 2010
Large, fluffy snowflakes fell heavily across North Texas for more than 24 hours Thursday, bringing record snowfall that sailed past the previous all-time one-day record.
A new record of 12.5 inches was set Thursday night at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — and flakes were still coming down after midnight. The previous record was 7.8 inches on Jan. 15, 1964, and Jan. 14, 1917. The total for this winter, so far, is 14.4 inches, the third highest recorded in North Texas history.
The snowfall forced the closure and delays of hundreds of schools and businesses on both Thursday and Friday. Now that the storm has passed, the damage assessment can begin.
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As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oncor Electric Delivery said there are 180,000 homes and businesses in North Texas without power. Oncor added they are bringing in 1,500 contractors to repair power lines ripped down by tree branches laden with heavy snow.
On Thursday, police across North Texas responded to hundreds of crashes, even before the wet, slushy roads began to freeze. The Texas Department of Transportation advised all drivers to use caution while they worked to treat the roadways.
The National Weather Service posted the winter storm warning Wednesday morning, well ahead of the storm. The warning expired early Friday.
This article was posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 10:17 am