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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.)

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Pecan Lodge is moving, Jaap van Zweden is staying, that winter blast was a bust, and more.

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Dallas-Fort Worth was under a winter weather advisory until noon Monday. We’ll provide weather updates below. We're expecting warmer temperatures as the week rolls along -- in the 40s Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the l0w 50s on Thanksgiving.

Update, 10:04 p.m. Monday: Oncor reports that power has been restored to most customers in North Texas.

Update, 1:15 p.m. Monday: Oncor's website reports that about 12,000 customers in North Texas are without power. The company appears to be making steady progress toward restoring power.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: It's getting cold out there, UT-Austin battles Ryan O'Neal over a Farrah Fawcett portrait, one man says that Lee Harvey Oswald was his friend, and more:

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One of the biggest challenges after a disaster the size of Super Typhoon Haiyan is coordinating the delivery of relief materials. The water, medicine and food can only help if it arrives where it’s needed, when it’s needed. That’s where technology comes into play, and a north Texas organization called Aidmatrix.

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Keep your umbrellas handy.

Rain continues to fall across North Texas this afternoon, but storms are possible tonight and Thursday.

Storms might become severe, with some producing large hail and damaging winds, the National Weather Service said. Isolated tornadoes are possible, especially southwest of a line from Bowie to Hillsboro to Palestine.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Who killed President Kennedy?, keep your umbrellas handy, the Nasher hosts a ceramic show, and more:

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was killed in downtown Dallas, Americans are still uncertain as to who ended his life. A new national survey shows that more than 70 percent of those polled don’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

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Is sweater weather around the corner?

Expect a cooldown overnight across North Texas. On Saturday, temperatures could be up to 20 degrees cooler. Temperatures could fall into the 50s in parts of Dallas-Fort Worth during the early morning hours. (Best bet for that is in Denton County and to the counties west and north of Denton, the National Weather Service reports.)

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It would be nice if triple digits were limited to paychecks, area codes, and padlocks. But that’s not the case in Dallas-Fort Worth. The summer’s first triple-digit temperature made an early arrival this week, and Friday was even hotter. Here are four tips to beat the heat.

Update, 3:59 p.m.: Rockwall ISD's buses for secondary school students will be delayed up to 45 minutes.

Update, 3:48 p.m.: Mesquite ISD will release its high school students at 4 p.m.; buses running 30 minutes later than normally scheduled. 

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Plano ISD says most activities will continues as schedule but asks parents to check with their students' individual campuses.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD also reports that all after-school activities will continue as normally scheduled.

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The Dallas Catholic Diocese dismissed school at noon today because of the threat of severe weather in North Texas . 

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Communities outside of Granbury and Cleburne are also reeling from last night’s chain of powerful storms.

Dozens of buildings in the City of Ennis were damaged, including businesses in the central downtown area. Lt. David Anthony with the Ennis Police Department says one elderly woman was hit with flying debris and taken to the hospital as a precaution. As far as he knows, her injuries are minor.

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