Santa Claus wasn’t the only one busy on Christmas Day, emergency workers and Texas Department of Transportation crews went to work trying to keep roads passable as the area experienced more than 1.5 inches of precipitation.
According to the National Weather Service precipitation at the North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field began around 2:35 a.m. Tuesday with rain. As temperatures dropped to 32 degrees around 12:35 p.m. precipitation turned to a mix, lasting until almost 4 p.m.
The weather caused a number of accidents and stranded motorists locally and across the Southern Plains to the Northeast. According to the incident reports from the Denison Police Department, officers responded to 10 accidents on Tuesday, more than double of any of the four previous days.
Texas State Troopers were busy with numerous accidents along Interstate 35. “It was shut down for several hours last night (Tuesday night) but is open now,” Trooper Mark Tackett said in an email Wednesday morning. “The best advice is, if you don’t have to go out don’t. Stay in and be safe. The roads are dangerous during icy conditions. TxDOT and DPS Troopers are working around the clock to make it as safe as possible.”
With temperatures failing to climb above freezing Wednesday, many roadways, especially less traveled ones are likely to be icy again Thursday morning. However, temperatures are forecast to reach into the 40s during the day Thursday and Friday, which should help to melt away any remaining ice on roadways.