|Icy storm slams Southwest, shuts down North Texas
Updated Dec 06, 07:53 PM
DALLAS - Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
But by Thursday, Texas was facing the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.
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.