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Icy Storm Slams Southwest, Shuts Down North Texas

At least 7 weather-related deaths have been reported across 4 states
Updated Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 7:48 p.m. ET
Major Winter Storm Blankets Southern U.S.

DALLAS (AP) - Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest on Friday, covering highways in frost and closing schools and businesses, as millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.

In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Despite warm temperatures earlier in the week, Texas faced the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.

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The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months. A quarter of a million customers in North Texas were left without power, and many businesses told employees to stay home to avoid the slick roads.

Friday's storm stretched from southern Texas, where anxious residents bagged outdoor plants to protect them from the cold, through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Icy Storm Hits Texas, Midwest
Winter Ice StormPeople in the Dallas area raided grocery shelves and home improvement stores Thursday in advance of what one store manager joked was the Black Friday of bad weather - "Ice Friday." Most people appeared to heed warnings Friday to stay inside.

The weather led to more than 1,000 cancelations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's busiest airports and a key hub for Fort Worth-based American Airlines. Many travelers were stuck waiting - and hoping for another flight. Those arriving in North Texas were having trouble finding cabs as many drivers stayed home. Dallas-area light rail trains were not running.

Rosibel Gutierrez Artavia, shivering in a light sweater as she waited for a taxi, had traveled from Alajuela, Costa Rica, to suburban Fort Worth to see family. Relatives called her before she left Costa Rica to warn her to pack warm. But she got the call when she was already at the airport.

"I did not come prepared with snow clothes," Artavia said in Spanish.

Police in Arlington, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Dallas, reported one driver was killed when his car slammed into a truck. Authorities in Oklahoma reported two weather-related traffic deaths.

In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area as the region dealt with freezing temperatures, according to the Santa Clara County coroner's office. The San Jose Mercury News reported that three of the victims died in homeless encampments while a fourth person died in a garage.

Storms this week had already dumped up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin and draped many communities in skin-stinging cold. The temperature in parts of North Dakota on Thursday was a few degrees below zero, but wind chill pushed it to nearly 40 below.

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Icy Storm Hits Texas, Midwest

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Barbara

It is presently 80 degrees and sunny here in Florida. Crime up, road congestion up as the Snow Birds flee the frozen North. Don't visit if you don't love it. We can do without you.

December 07 2013 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jude

We live in NY state...Botton of the state by the Finger Lakes Region....Beautiful here some years we get snow and some years it stays bare most of the winter...you just never know...we don't get much here not like Syracuse or those areas..
I spent much time in Florida visiting my parents who took off for there for almost 28 years...I was always glad to get there but always glad to leave...Flat, awful traffic, humid, crime ridden, bugs, boring, etc etc....I guess winter doesn't bother us we always went ice skating, snowmobile rides, skiing ,I love lying in the sun on a beach but just for a couple weeks then we are ready to head home......Some people actually like winter....:)

December 07 2013 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

I love snow!

December 07 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbjg24m

snow and ice, sounds familiar. didn't we have some of this last winter?

December 07 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron

Have you people ever heard of ice roads you can drive on ice. Most of you don't know what a pair of chains are or how to put them on now do you. Welcome to Wyoming

December 07 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ferrellfarmer

LIES LIES AND MORE LIES can`t be any ice and snow they are ALL LIES and if you doi not beleive me justAL GORE will tell you there is no such thing it is GLOBAL WARMING so I don`t know wehre they got the pictures form but it is all LIES I am sure of it.. Now here is my thing how can this happen when everything is waming up?? I mean can we noww build a fire and freeze? or put frozen things in the refridgerator and expect them to freeze? AEither AL dumb dumb GORE is lying or this storm is just a figment of the imagination

December 07 2013 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmgpjandon

What ever happened to Al's global warning?

December 07 2013 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ANTOINE

Well, at least the planet is getting warm. WHAT PLANET?

December 07 2013 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bert Heyder

We know how you all feel, it only got up to low 70's here in south west Florida!

December 07 2013 at 8:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mkraven77

Weather sucks here in Buffalo...not. Yesterday was a beautiful fall day. Glad I don't live were the weather's bad.

December 07 2013 at 6:27 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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