Updated: Winter storm shutters schools, ices roads


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A late blast of winter hit North Texas overnight, shutting down schools and making roads icy across Fort Worth on Monday.
Sleet and freezing rain began to fall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area late Sunday. While most of the precipitation stopped by mid-day Monday, the National Weather Service said that slush on roadways will begin refreezing on roadways Monday night.
“Any freezing drizzle will only worsen driving conditions,” according to a NWS report late Monday afternoon.
Although TxDOT traffic cameras show that major highways around the Metroplex are largely empty, Fort Worth Police tweeted earlier today that there had been 237 accidents and stranded drivers reported between 9 p.m. Sunday night and 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Since the tweet, they tweeted about several other accidents and encouraged drivers to stay off the roads.
All Fort Worth ISD schools closed for the day. Private schools in southwestern Fort Worth, such as Saint Andrew Catholic School, Fort Worth Country Day and the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, also closed Monday.
TCU, Tarrant County College and Tarleton State also cancelled classes for Monday.
While sleet and freezing rain have largely exited the area, roads remain slick.
“Any ice on area roadways will likely remain in place through Tuesday afternoon when melting may begin to occur,” according to the NWS.
This has already prompted school closings in school districts in Weatherford and Denton, as well as in other North Texas districts.  Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD are still monitoring the weather.
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This article was last updated at 6 p.m., Monday. 
Ali Montag is the 109’s education and community editor.  Email her at a.montag@tcu.edu and follow her on Twitter at @ali_montag.
Daniel Salazar is the executive editor of the 109. Email him at daniel.j.salazar@tcu.edu and follow him on Twitter at @imdanielsalazar.