'Ice Friday' Bears Down on Texas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS (AP) A hardware store manager in North Texas has dubbed today "Ice Friday."

Snow and freezing rain are blanketing the normally sun-swept region, while many residents are heeding warnings to stay off roadways and out of the cold. Freezing rain began icing highways and power lines last night, knocking out power to a quarter-million customers.

Texas is dealing with the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S. with frigid temperatures, ice and snow. The storm stretches from South Texas into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm and ice warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Some parts of the Midwest are expected to see several inches of snow. Parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin have received as much as 2 feet of snow, while wind chill temperatures in North Dakota have been near 40 below.

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