North Texas continues to thaw after winter storm; warm-up scheduled for this week

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North Texas continued to thaw after the weekend cold snap as temperatures Sunday rose steadily from overnight, below freezing to more seasonal highs.

Temperatures hit the upper 30s at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, presaging afternoon highs in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Freezing temperatures are forecast for a few more nights, but meteorologists say significant warming is on the way. Temperatures could approach the 70s by the end of the week, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Wes Holly.

‘A beautiful welcome sight after temperatures dropped in the teens just a few days ago,’ he said.

Roads may have patches of ice on Sunday, Holly said, but any residual ice from the winter storm will melt over the next two days. A weak cold front will move across North Texas on Sunday evening, but it “won’t have much of an impact on the weather,” he said.

Texas Department of Transportation crews, who worked for days on major highways, halted emergency operations in Dallas Saturday morning, the agency said.

DART bus services resumed at 5 a.m. Sunday and train services are expected to resume at noon, a spokesperson said. DART has suspended all Friday noon through Sunday noon services due to inclement weather.

About 180 flights were canceled at DFW airport on Sunday, according to FlightAware.

Although the recent storm was not as severe as last year’s, at least two weather-related fatalities were reported. A truck driver died after being ejected from the vehicle in a crash on Interstate 45 near downtown Dallas, and Hunt County officials found a woman, two dogs and a cat dead from apparent poisoning in the carbon monoxide.

Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to 120 crashes Friday night through Saturday afternoon and have been called to more than 350 since Wednesday, a spokesperson said.

No major power outages were reported Sunday morning and about 70 customers were experiencing outages in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to Oncor’s outage map.

The Texas power grid remained stable during the peak of the storm Thursday and Friday and the Texas Electric Reliability Board did not order any major load shedding events.

Here are the latest NBC5 predictions:

Sunday: 52/29. Sunny and cool.

Monday: 54/29. Sunny and cool.

Tuesday: 64/30, Sunny and softer.

Wednesday: 65/36. Sunny and sweet.

Thusday: 61/36. Partly cloudy and slightly cooler.

Friday: 68/35. Sunny and warmer.

On Saturday: 65/42. Rather sunny, windy and mild.

Sunday: 56/37. Sunny but cooler.

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