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Winter storm arrives; schools, cities, flights cancelled today

Hundreds of schools, government offices, DART rail service and over 300 morning flights from DFW have been canceled Tuesday, Feb. 1, as a result of the winter storm warning issued last night by the National Weather Service for the DFW area.

Rockwall ISD, Royse City ISD, The Fulton School, Garland ISD, Mesquite ISD, Dallas ISD, Forney city offices and many more across the Metroplex are closed today.

The City of Rockwall will not open until 10 am or later, depending upon conditions, according to a City email.

For a complete list, see the WFAA-TV list of closures.

Area stores were jammed Monday in Rockwall and across the area and bread and milk were in short supply as residents prepared for the storm.

The National Weather Service has warned area residents not to venture outside unless it is absolutely necessary. Early Tuesday morning, driving conditions and roads and freeways will be perilous.

Freezing rain, sleet and up to 40 mph winds arrived during the night, which will be followed by an arctic front that will cause temperatures to drop below freezing. Temperatures are expected to be the lowest the DFW area has seen in 15 years.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be 32 degrees, but the wind-chill will make it feel as cold as 10 degrees below zero. The overnight low will dip to 10 degrees, with a wind-chill much colder.

On Wednesday, the high will reach only 20, with Thursday morning’s low dropping as low as 9 degrees.

An accumulation of 1-3 inches of snow and maybe more is predicted to fall beginning by Noon Tuesday across Rockwall County. Higher amounts are expected north and west of Dallas.

Because of the Super Bowl, the Texas Department of Transportation has additional crews in North Texas to clear snow and ice from highways. TxDOT currently has 310 vehicles on standby, and 43 more are on the way.

Crews will start hitting the streets at midnight and will work in 12-hour shifts.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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