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Winter Storm: 5 die in weekend weather-related Texas accidents

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Five people died in weekend weather-related traffic accidents in Texas as a wintry storm system left nearly 44,000 homes and businesses without power and stranded travelers to start the Thanksgiving holiday week.

Locally, the forecast calls for gradually warming temperatures during the day, but there is a hard freeze warning for Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

There is a chance for snow flurries tonight and Tuesday morning, but that should give way to partially sunny skies and a  high in the low- to mid-40s on Tuesday.

Tuesday night, however, the forecast predicts a low of 26, followed by a low of 23 Wednesday night.

Thanksgiving Day calls for the start of a warming trend and a high of 50 degrees.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until midday Monday for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, downgrading what had been a winter storm warning. But it had already affected travel, as Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle canceled nearly 300 flights Monday, mainly in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said.

The storm system dumped snow in the Texas Panhandle, but had eased by Monday. Forecasters predicted a slight chance of flurries Monday in Amarillo.

AEP Texas reported more than 6,300 West Texas customers without power Monday in Marathon, Marfa, Valentine and Fort Davis, including the famed McDonald Observatory, utility spokesman Fred Hernandez said.

Dallas-based electric utility Oncor reported nearly 29,500 customers in north and west parts of Texas were without power Monday, mainly in Dallas-Fort Worth. Customers in the Midland and Odessa areas could be without electricity for a couple of days, the utility said.

"Due to severe weather and ice damage to Oncor facilities, customers in the Midland and Odessa areas should be prepared for extended power outages lasting through late Monday to midday Tuesday," Oncor said in an online statement.

Two travelers were killed in separate traffic accidents Saturday night in the Texas Panhandle on snow-covered roads, DPS said. Crystal Gonzales, 42, of Texhoma, Okla., died in a two-vehicle wreck in the Amarillo area. Another accident near Dumas killed Arnulfo Garcia Almanza, 53, of Amarillo, according to DPS.

Three people were killed in a multi-vehicle wreck late Friday on a wet road near Vega.

 

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