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Update, 3:09 p.m. Sunday: A cold front is racing across North Texas throughout the day, creating isolated thunderstorms. Some residents reported small hail across the region earlier today. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 3:30 p.m. for northeastern Fannin County. Around 3 p.m., a strong storm was reported near Bonham in Fannin County, which is northeast of Dallas-Fort Worth. The National Weather Service says storms are possible, especially east of Interstate 35. "Some of these storms will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes," the weather service says. 

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How low did it go overnight?

At 7 a.m., D/FW International Airport recorded 37 degrees – not below freezing and not quite close to setting a record. The last time we recorded freezing temperatures at D/FW this late in April was back in 1997 – 32 degrees on April 13.

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A strong spring storm marched through North Texas Thursday night, slamming the region with lightning, hail as big as baseballs and at least two tornadoes.

The National Weather Service reported tornadoes in Farmersville in Collin County and near Cooper in Delta County. No tornadoes hit Denton County, the weather service reports.

On Friday, a weather service storm survey team found evidence of tornado damage near Princeton in Collin County. Damage was found in several residential areas between U.S. Highway 380 and County Road 407 west of the center of Princeton, the weather service said. Roofs were damaged on several buildings.

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The storm that rolled through North Texas Thursday night produced some hail, rain, lightning – and some surreal cloud formations. The clouds went crazy – and the crowds went crazy, too, taking pictures of the nighttime sky show. More thunderstorms are expected this afternoon – some of them could be severe.

On Twitter, folks exclaimed: “Last night I felt like I was in a Stephen King movie! Spooky clouds in Texas.” “By the looks of snapchat, Dallas is getting eaten by storm clouds.” “The clouds in Dallas tonight are freaking me out.”

There was even a haiku or two: “#clouds were impressive The #sunset was on #fire Calm before the #storm.

Here’s a sampling of storm pictures from last night -- and an awesome video:

James Nelson

An icy rain fell on North Texas Sunday, and scores of school districts were closed Monday. Scores of motorists were stuck on icy highways to the east and south of Dallas. It will warm up Tuesday and get warmer through the week. Here's the latest from the KERA Weather Blog.

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A veteran Dallas firefighter who was killed on an icy highway overpass last week was buried on Monday. The funeral for William Scott Tanksley attracted hundreds of people from Terrell to Dallas. 

Moms like Reagan Melton brought their children out to salute the men and women riding on motorcycles and firetrucks, escorting the body of the father of three to his final resting place.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

For kids, one of the benefits of rough winter weather has been days off from school. But for school districts, it’s a nightmare. Here’s a look at one hard hit district dealing with unexpected weather closures.  

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North Texas and winter weather don’t get along so well – as we’ve witnessed over and over again the last few months. Throw in the wide range of weather jargon, and it’s … well … a mess. What in the world is freezing fog? When does sleet morph into freezing rain? And what’s in the mix of the dreaded “wintry mix”? Here’s a guide:

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the winter weather continues, a wildlife shelter bounces back from canine distemper, DFW Airport launches automated passport kiosks, and more.

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Another day, another winter weather advisory.

A freezing rain advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday for areas north and west of Dallas-Fort Worth.

This includes Collin and Denton counties, as well as several counties to the west, including Parker and Wise counties, as well as counties to the north along the Texas-Oklahoma border, including Grayson County.

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This blog explored the winter weather that hit North Texas Feb. 6 and 7.

Update, 12:42 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7: A band of light to moderate snow is falling across counties along the Texas/Oklahoma border. Some snow flurries could hit Dallas-Fort Worth this afternoon – but it will be light. Meanwhile, freezing drizzle is expected to our south, including cities such as Killeen, Waco, Corsicana and Palestine.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. for areas north of Dallas-Fort Worth – along and north of a line from Graham to Sulphur Springs. That includes Denton and Collin counties.

As of noon, it was 30 degrees in Dallas and in the upper 20s or lower 30s throughout much of North Texas.

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NOTE: This is a weather blog from Feb. 2 and 3. For the latest on the snow that's falling on North Texas on Thursday, Feb. 6, click here.

Update, 7:30 a.m. Monday:  Several outlying school districts have canceled school today – this includes Sherman ISD, Denison ISD, Bridgeport ISD and Decatur ISD. But schools closer to Dallas-Fort Worth are holding class today. Check with your local school district for more details. Or check WFAA-TV’s closings website. Or check KXAS-TV’s site.

Light freezing drizzle is a possibility this morning across parts of Dallas-Fort Worth, especially areas southwest of the metro area. But freezing drizzle could reach southwest Dallas County and much of Tarrant County. Freezing drizzle is more likely between Waco and Comanche, the National Weather Service reports.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Brr! It's cold out there; Rick Perry says states have a right to legalize marijuana; Skinny the cat isn't so fat; and more.

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It’s cold out there – and it’s only going to get colder.

As of 4 p.m., it was about 30 degrees across much of North Texas.

Expect lows tonight in the teens across the region – 17 degrees is forecasted at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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The frigid temperatures across North Texas have forced those experiencing homelessness to stay inside emergency shelters beyond the norm.

Near downtown Dallas, at the Austin Street Center, residents collect their personal items after enjoying a hot meal and a hot shower.

Sitting on a cot with a pink blanket, Sherry Hamilton, 45, says it’s nice to have a warm bed when temperatures outside are in the teens.


Demand for electricity in Texas this morning set a new winter record.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reports peak use at 57,277 megawatts in the hour ending at 8 a.m. The previous winter record was 57,265 megawatts in February 2011.

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Temperatures should climb into the mid-40s Tuesday throughout North Texas, but light drizzle and even some freezing rain might greet the northern parts of the region late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Temperatures will be around or below freezing early Wednesday in the northern parts of North Texas – north of a line from Bowie to McKinney to Athens, the National Weather Service says. That means conditions are ripe for some freezing rain in areas north of Dallas-Fort Worth.

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A blast of arctic cold hit North Texas Sunday night and Monday. And it’s sticking around a bit longer.

Here are five things you should know about this blast of arctic air:


Update, 12:51 p.m. Monday: The operator of the electric transmission grid for most of Texas is encouraging folks to conserve energy during this cold snap.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas had warned Monday morning that rolling blackouts may be necessary unless consumers reduced their use of electricity. An email warning issued by ERCOT said "risk of power outages exist throughout Texas."

But ERCOT later said the system is recovering and blackouts are no longer being considered.

Eric Aasen / KERA News

The sky at night was big and bright over North Texas Thursday evening.

As fall comes to an end, a gorgeous sunset dominated the sky, filling it with hues of gold, deep purple and bright pink.

For a moment last night, everyone seemed to stop and stare at it. We captured it on camera. While stuck in traffic, we whipped out smartphones to shoot the setting sun. We talked about it. We told our friends and family. And we embraced the moment and admired the scene: "Moments like this remind me that I love Texas," one person said.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: D Magazine says Kidd Kraddick had lymphoma, more were without power during the ice storm than initially reported, "The Nutcracker" as a comedy, and more:

From StateImpact Texas: 

Against the backdrop of a debate over whether Texas has enough power generation (i.e. power plants) to meet growing demand, two instances of large-scale outages in the past few weeks show a more common vulnerability: power lost to fallen or damaged power lines during storms. Could anything have been done to prevent the outages? The short answer is yes. But chances are you won’t like the full explanation.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Here's the latest on the ice storm that jolted North Texas in December 2013. 

Update, 1:53 p.m. Friday: Damage estimates from the North Texas ice storm have reached $30 million.

That may seem like a lot, but Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas tells KERA’s BJ Austin that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to recent North Texas hail storms.

“Just last year you had two hail storms that were much worse,” he said. “One was $750 million in damage. The other was $900 million in damage. So this ice storm is kind of a blip on the screen compared to some of the catastrophic weather conditions you’ve had in the past.”

Star-Telegram/Ross Hailey

The ice storm that’s blanketed North Texas streets and highways has spawned a new name: cobblestone ice.

Cobblestone ice – sounds poetic, doesn’t it?

Not if you’ve had to drive through it.

Lacey Dowden

It’s Day Four of Ice Storm 2013, the massive blast of Old Man Winter that has shut down North Texas schools (yet again?!), covered highways with thick ice, snarled traffic for miles, delayed hundreds of flights and canceled myriad events, including the annual Children’s Medical Center holiday parade and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. (Stay up to speed on the storm on KERA’s live weather blog.)

But when life gives you snow, make snow cones, Carleen Michener of Denton told KERA.

Here’s a look at 11 of the more whimsical moments of Icepocalypse 2013.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more earthquakes hit North Texas; the latest on the winter storm; Kanye and Kim visit Dallas, and more:

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

At midday Saturday, more than 115,000 North Texans were facing another day of deep-freeze temperatures with no electricity, which means no heat.

Oncor, the company that maintains most North Texas power lines, hopes that power will be restored for many residents and businesses by Sunday night. But that depends on several factors, including weather conditions.

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A man recovering from a liver transplant who spent the day with his neighbor's granddaughter whose school was closed. A Lake Highlands family who's managed to make sledding a regular tradition. We headed out into the frigid weather and didn't have to search long to find tough-in-their-own-way North Texans. Hear for yourself.

About 100 Dallas workers are dropping sand and salt at this hour, to make roads passable. They’re members of the second 12-hour shift of the city’s Ice Force One road crew. Meet some members of the first shift, who worked midnight to noon Friday.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

More than 20,000 runners from 25 countries are planning to run in Sunday’s MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, but icy conditions are not helping ease their nerves. These runners have put in months of training and plan to show up at the starting line no matter what -- unless the race is canceled due to the winter storm.

(UPDATE: Since this story first aired and was posted online, the marathon has been canceled due to the ice storm.)