Dallas Weather: Icy roads cause several crashes, stalls traffic across North Texas (2023)

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DALLAS - The first of several rounds of winter weather wrapped up Monday, already causing an impact on North Texas roads and highways.

Another widespread round of freezing rain and sleet is expected Tuesday morning.

Road crews have tried to prepare the North Texas highways for the icy weather, but some roads still became slippery. And it’s only going to get worse over the next few days.

Storms developed throughout North Texas Monday afternoon, bringing icy rain and even some sleet.

With temperatures already below freezing, some roads have become slick and dangerous, especially bridges and overpasses.

RELATED:Winter Storm Warning issued for much of North Texas through Wednesday morning

Denton County

Icy roads cause traffic headaches in Denton

Denton County was in the bullseye from Monday’s first round of winter weather. Freezing rain transitioned to sleet, and it pounded the Denton area for hours.

Denton County was in the bullseye from Monday’s first round of winter weather. Freezing rain transitioned to sleet, and it pounded the Denton area for hours.

The result was a mess on I-35 in Denton. Northbound lanes were closed off and eventually opened to just one lane.

Several 18-wheelers got stuck on a bridge near the Denton Buc'ees. Another slid backward on a bridge and blocked traffic. Troopers had to direct traffic and get around the 18-wheelers.

It took a FOX 4 crew about two hours to get from Dallas to Denton.

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Unlike last week when it was just slush, there was a solid sheet of ice on major roadways. In some spots, it’s worse, causing multiple vehicles to get stuck.

After Lake Lewisville, that’s when the conditions started to change and become icy on the roads.

What first appeared to be patchy ice quickly turned into a solid, thick covering of ice and sleet. It caused some vehicles to stall, especially 18-wheelers.

Near the Buc-ee's in Denton, the interstate was at a standstill. It was also around the height of rush hour a little after 5:30 p.m.

Denton police say 18-wheelers got stuck on a bridge near the Buc’ees, and authorities had to call in wreckers to help get them off the highway.

Denton police said there was a similar situation northbound near Airport Road where an 18-wheeler slid backward and blocked lanes of traffic.

So far, we have not heard of any injuries as a result of the slick conditions.

Over at the UNT campus, road conditions were just as bad. A thick layer of ice on the roads near the dining hall. We saw dozens of students braving the elements to make it to get dinner.

All TEXpress-managed lanes are now closed because of the weather.

Collin County

Slick roads cause multi-vehicle pileup crash in Plano

A pileup crash involving nearly a dozen vehicles shut down an exit ramp to a service road off Central Expressway near Plano Parkway early Monday evening.

Over in Collin County, the impact of Monday’s weather depended on where you were. It was worse north of McKinney.

But video shows just how little it takes to create a major problem.

A dozen drivers were involved in a crash late in the afternoon in Plano.

A pileup crash involving nearly a dozen vehicles shut down an exit ramp to a service road off Central Expressway near Plano Parkway early Monday evening.

As drivers involved in the crash got off the ramp in damaged vehicles, some explained what happened.

Varshil Parikh says he was traveling about 35 miles per hour when he crashed into a FedEx truck.

"I tried to break, but I couldn’t," he recalled. "So I just tried slamming the brakes. Stop. Slamming the brakes. Stop."

(Video) Dallas Weather: Slick roads cause multi-vehicle pileup crash in Plano

Plano firefighters on scene say it started when a FedEx truck spun out on the icy ramp, causing another FedEx truck to crash into it from behind. Then, it was one vehicle after another.

Amanda Wilson came to pick up her husband who was involved in the crash.

"He just was like, ‘I’ve been in a wreck. Come get me,’" she said.

Wilson says her husband’s airbag went off.

"But I know he tried to do his best to not hit anybody else," she said.

He wasn’t the only one whose airbag went off, but no one was seriously injured.

Two people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Earlier in the day in Anna, travel conditions were worse. A wintry mix led to slush and ice on roads and sidewalks.

Some travelers are already experiencing close calls.

People involved in the pile-up in Plano now know it doesn’t take much to have major problems.

"It’s just icy," Parikh said. "It’s just pure ice."

Tarrant County

Icy conditions stall traffic after 18-wheelers get stuck near Texas Motor Speedway

Icy conditions caused some major problems along Highway 114 near the Texas Motor Speedway. It was one of the areas hit hardest by Monday’s round of winter weather.

Icy conditions caused some major problems along Highway 114 near the Texas Motor Speedway. It was one of the areas hit hardest by Monday’s round of winter weather.

Parts of the highway were closed in the evening after several 18-wheelers got stuck there.

Monday evening's rush hour came to a complete stop on 114 West in Roanoke when a pair of semis struggled to get up an icy hill.

Both trucks got stuck in the middle of the road, forcing vehicles to maneuver around or wait behind.

Also Monday night, vehicles were seen at a standstill on an ice-covered stretch of Highway 287.

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Northbound 287 near the border of Tarrant and Wise counties, two big rigs became stuck, and no one could get around them.

Off 35W near Texas Motor Speedway, drivers pulled over to gas up.

Richard Campbell and his wife are from Branson, Missouri.

"We spent three hours parked on Interstate 35," he said.

The couple is detouring to see family in Granbury before taking the van to Florida.

"It’s 80 degrees in Daytona Beach," Campbell said.

It was in the upper twenties in north Fort Worth with sheets of sleet covering the roads.

MedStar, which provides emergency medical services across Tarrant County, reported more than 100 crashes by 2 p.m. Monday.

By the afternoon and evening, fewer drivers were seen on the roads.

Monday afternoon’s sleet blanketed the Denton-Tarrant County line.

Patchy, freezing precipitation made icy bridges unpredictable. At a stoplight, one semi was seen sliding.

Gerardo Gutierrez has been behind the wheel all day Monday as a ride-share driver.

"Here is the heaviest ice I’ve seen yet compared to Arlington or Fort Worth," he said. "My arrival might be delayed due to the ice on the road."

Once the sun went down, sand trucks headed south of 35W continued their routes with round two expected Tuesday.

Ice covers North Texas roadways, drivers dealing with dangerous conditions

The city of Denton said it responded to several crashes Monday morning because of slick roads.

Richard Heer is headed home to North Richland Hills after a long day of work.

"It’s a solid sheet of ice right now," he said.

(Video) Ice covers North Texas roadways, drivers dealing with dangerous conditions

The postal worker says right now he’s still set to work Tuesday.

"Right now, it’s a normal busy day as is," Heer said. "But we will see what they say in the morning."

From the most experienced to white knucklers, caution, reduced speed and being alert cannot be stressed enough since the dangerous spots are sometimes hard to spot.

Gov. Greg Abbott directed the State Emergency Management Department to increase the readiness level for the state operations center to level 2. He ordered about a dozen state agencies to report to the operation center.

Abbott is expected to provide an update on the state response Tuesday morning.

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Preparing for Icy Roads

TxDOT crews preparing North Texas roads for wintry mix expected this week

Officials are asking drivers to give the crews extra time and space as they do their best to keep our roads as safe as possible.

The Texas Department of Transportation began pre-treating bridges and overpasses on Friday when it was warm and sunny. Crews used a brine solution to keep the ice from sticking to the roadways.

Now that some freezing drizzle has fallen and more freezing rain and sleet are in the forecast, crews are focused on the major highways. They are prepared to spot-treat with salt and sand.

TxDOT’s crews will be rotating shifts starting Monday at noon so they can respond at any hour.

RELATED: Hundreds of flights canceled at Dallas Love Field, DFW Airport

Dallas Weather: Icy roads cause several crashes, stalls traffic across North Texas (1)

Drivers are urged to pay close attention to road conditions and not go the speed limit.

"Don’t drive to the speed limit necessarily, just drive to the conditions. Take your time and you’ll get there," said Sabrina Ridgway, a North Texas resident. "Don’t speed and be aware of your surroundings."

It’s also not a bad idea to keep a safety kit in the car that includes blankets, hand warmers, portable battery chargers, and an ice scraper.


Are roads safe to drive in Dallas today? ›

Conditions for driving are fair.

How long is below freezing in Dallas? ›

The temperature remains entirely below freezing on average for 1 day a year. The thermometer dips to freezing on an average of 23 nights a year. Typically on two of those nights, it drops down to 20 °F (-7 °C) or below.
184 days80 °F max. or more (27 °C)
65 days40 °F min. or less (4 °C)

Which part of Dallas is the safest? ›

Check out these five safe, affordable neighborhoods in Dallas!
  • Deep Ellum.
  • Lake Highlands.
  • Oak Lawn.
  • West End.
  • Winnetka Heights.
7 days ago

Where is the safest place in Dallas? ›

However, by learning the safest neighborhoods in Dallas, you can feel good about where you choose to live. What are the safest neighborhoods in Dallas?: Some of the safest neighborhoods in Dallas include University Park, Winnetka Heights, City Center District, Bluffview, and Highland Park.

What is the coldest Dallas has ever been? ›

Lowest Minimum
1-8Feb 12, 1899
2 (tie)-2Feb 16, 2021
-2Jan 31, 1949
4 (tie)-1Dec 23, 1989
7 more rows

What month is the coldest in Dallas? ›

Dallas-Fort Worth's coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 34.0°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 95.4°F.

How many 100 degree days in Dallas 2022? ›

Summer 2022 came in as the fourth hottest on record officially for DFW. The average temperature was 88.2°F for the three month period beginning June 1st through August 31st. We had a total of 47 days of 100°F heat. 21 of those days were consecutive from July 16th through August 5th.

What is the nicest suburb of Dallas? ›

If you are looking for the best neighborhoods in the Dallas, Texas area that are both safe and affordable, we recommend you look into Grapevine, Addison, Allen, Arlington, Irving, Mckinney, Keller, Denton, Prosper, and Lewisville.

Is Fort Worth safer than Dallas? ›

It's Pretty Safe for a Being a Large City in Texas

With a crime rate of 3,133 per 100,000, the crime rate in Ft. Worth is just 11.5% higher than the state which certainly beats the Dallas crime rate of 4,184. You'll also have a 1 in 32 chance of being a victim of crime.

What is the most affordable suburb of Dallas? ›

So no matter where you live, you'll still be close enough to explore the city's great neighborhoods without the price of living in Dallas.
  • #1: Wilmer. Median home price: $240,000. ...
  • #4: Duncanville (tie) Median home price: $275,000. ...
  • #4: Lancaster (tie) Median home price: $275,000. ...
  • #6: Garland. Median home price: $309,500.
Jul 6, 2022

Is Frisco safer than Plano? ›

Frisco's newest top national ranking is No. 1 Safest City in America, according to a 2022 analysis from SmartAsset, a personal finance website. Two more of our Four Corners cities also made the Top 10, with McKinney at No. 2 and Plano at No.

Is North Texas safe to live? ›

Based on previous and new data, North Texas seems to be a pretty safe place to live with many of its cities frequently ranking at the top of the charts.

What is the coldest town in Texas? ›

The lowest temperature ever recorded in the state occurred at Tulia in Swisher County in the extreme southern Texas Panhandle. The thermometer dropped to 23 degrees below zero. However, there were unofficial reports that were even colder.

What is the hottest city in Texas? ›

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the hottest maximum temperature ever recorded in Texas occurred on June 28, 1994 in Monahans, which is a city in Ward County located near Odessa.

What is the hottest Dallas has ever been? ›

Hottest days in Texas
  • Dallas and Fort Worth – 113 degrees. Temperatures soared to astonishingly high numbers in Dallas and Fort Worth during a record summer on June 26 and 27, 1980. ...
  • El Paso and Waco – 114 degrees. ...
  • Midland-Odessa – 116 degrees. ...
  • Wichita Falls – 117 degrees. ...
  • Monahans and Seymour – 120 degrees.
Oct 14, 2022

Is Dallas a safe place to live? ›

Is Dallas a Safe Place to Live? According to CrimeGrade.org, Dallas has an overall crime grade of “C.” The Dallas metro area is in the 36th percentile for safety—so 64% of metro areas are safer than Dallas. The rate of violent crime in the Dallas metro area is 3.32 per 1,000 residents during a standard year.

What is Dallas Texas known for? ›

Dallas today is a cosmopolitan city known for its high concentration of restaurants and shopping centres. Skyscrapers, such as Bank of America Plaza (1985) and Reunion Tower (1978), create a striking night skyline.

What is the best weather in Dallas? ›

The best time to visit Dallas is between September and November, when the temperatures aren't overwhelmingly hot, the tourist traffic has died down and the State Fair of Texas is in full swing.

What is going on in Dallas in 2026? ›

The Dallas area was selected Thursday as one of the 17 North American cities to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. DFW joins the following cities across North America to host the largest sporting event in the world.

What is the hottest month in Dallas TX? ›

Weather & Average Temperatures
  • Normal average daily temperature: 65.4°F (18.9°C)
  • Warmest month: July.
  • Daily mean temperature: 85.3°F (29.6°C)

Is 2022 the hottest summer in Texas? ›

On average, the low temperature in Summer 2022 was 76.8° which is 7th highest all time. The average temperature, the average high and low combined, clocked in at 88.6° making it the third hottest summer all-time.

Is there a fault line in Dallas? ›

One large fault line is nicknamed the "Big D Fault." It's a 14-mile long fracture within the earth's crust that largely follows Harry Hines Boulevard, from Love Field through the medical district and into Southwest Dallas.

What kind of weather can be expected in Dallas today? ›

Dallas, TX Forecast
  • Morning. 28° --
  • Afternoon. 26° --
  • Evening. 28° Chance of Rain5%
  • Overnight. 29° Chance of Rain36%

Why is the Dallas skyline red today? ›

MMIW TX Rematriate started the tradition in 2021. The organization helps to search for missing relatives, aids in the healing process of their families, and advocates for social change. Last year, only three buildings agreed to turn red in an effort to spread awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

What is the best time to drive through Dallas? ›

Avoid rush hour

Rush hour in Dallas is peak from 7 am to 9:30 pm and again from 3 pm to 6:30 pm. When you put it into perspective that you'd be spending a minimum of twenty extra minutes in traffic, reallocating your time could save you energy in the long run.

Does Dallas have the worst traffic? ›

In a recent report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, a major interstate in Dallas ranks no. 2 among the Most Congested Roads in the state of Texas. Woodall Rodgers Freeway from US Highway 75 to North Beckley Ave, came in at second place overall in Texas and no.

What state has the biggest fault line? ›

Earthquake Risk in California

During the past century, seismicity in California has remained relatively low. However, the boundary of the Pacific and North America tectonic plates that form California's sleeping giant—the more than 1,200-km San Andreas Fault—has a 75% chance of producing an M7.

What state has the most fault lines? ›

1. California

The seismic activity in California is widely known, and high-hazard areas cover large sections of the state, including the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The San Andreas Fault has caused some of the most notable earthquakes in recent memory.

Does Dallas have extreme weather? ›

In Dallas, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are cold and windy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 96°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 102°F.

Why is there a Pegasus all over Dallas? ›

Why Dallas? In 1934, a brilliant neon Pegasus icon was placed on top of the headquarters of the Magnolia Oil Co. It was the tallest building in Dallas for years, and even pilots in Waco said they could see the red beacon in the north. Magnolia was folded into Mobil in 1959, and Mobil adopted the red Pegasus logo.

What does the Pegasus mean in Dallas? ›

A Greek mythological symbol of wealth, power and fame, the Pegasus was given the responsibility of extending a special welcome to guests attending the American Petroleum Institute's annual meeting.

Why does Dallas have so many brick houses? ›

The reason is simply geography and geology. As any gardener knows, our soil is loaded with clay, which is not great for gardening but is excellent for brickmaking.

What is the slowest speed you can drive on a Texas highway? ›

If you are driving on highway not numbered by Texas or the U.S. and outside an urban district, the limit is 60. All drivers are expected to obey the posted Texas speed limits. You should drive at the same speed as the flow of traffic and be aware of how fast you are going.

Can you drive across Texas in a day? ›

We love a good road trip through Texas but there may be times when you wonder how long it would take to drive right across the state. It takes approximately 12 hours to drive across Texas between Louisiana and New Mexico along the I-10 with normal traffic. With stops for food and fuel, it will take 14 hours.

What is the hardest time of day to drive? ›

Most crashes or near-misses happen at the times you would expect drivers to be tired: 4 to 6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., according to NSF. Drowsy driving puts everyone on the road at risk.


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