Winter front sweeps across Texas

Staff and Wire Reports

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From top: Texas A&M University senior Cecilia Evans of College Station keeps warm under four blankets, two coats and a scarf while watching the Texas A&M baseball season opener against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at Olsen Field.

To show support for U.S. troops, Army veteran Bob Williamson sculpts a saluting soldier in front of his home in Arlington on Saturday. His son, Andrew Williamson, is a senior at Texas A&M and a member of the Corps of Cadets.

Old Man Winter took aim at the heart of Texas on Valentine’s Day as a winter storm coated parts of the state with several inches of snow.

The Bryan-College Station area, though, escaped the brunt of the storm. Snow and ice did materialize in some areas of the Brazos Valley around sunrise Saturday, but the ground was too wet and warm for it to stick, a meteorologist said.

“It was an iffy system anyway, and we were on the southern edge of it,” said Wendy Wong of the National Weather Service in Houston. “Most of the energy was north of here.”

A half-inch of snow was reported in Burleson County, and a trace was reported in College Station, Wong said. But she didn’t expect more of the white stuff anytime soon.

The clouds were expected to clear out through Sunday, she said. That will cause below-freezing temperatures Sunday night and highs in the mid-50s on Sunday and Monday.

Another storm system is expected to move in on Tuesday and will bring a slight increase in clouds through Thursday, but little chance of rain, Wong said.

Elsewhere Saturday, the wet, slushy snow caused numerous traffic accidents, scattered power outages and about 70 flight cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, officials said.

The wintry weather was expected to leave 1 to 4 inches of snow Saturday across much of North Texas. Heavier amounts of 5 to 8 inches were possible from Denton and McKinney north toward the Red River, said Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Larry Hernandez, owner of the Dallas House of Flowers, said his drivers were trying to make their Valentine’s Day deliveries before the weather got worse.

“We’re only going to do what we can,” he said. “We don’t want our drivers to get hurt. If it gets to the point where we can’t deliver, we’ll just call the customer and ask to reschedule.”

Crews with TXU Energy were working to restore power to several thousand residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, spokesman Ray Granado said. Snow-laden tree limbs hitting power lines were causing the outages, he said.

Austin had about an inch of snow, while mostly rain fell in San Antonio and points south. Waco reported about 2 inches of snow, while Houston was rainy.

West Texas, hit by the wintry blast earlier in the week, had clear skies Saturday.

Slushy roads and patches of black ice caused several highway closures in far West Texas on Friday. Shelters were set up at churches and civic centers during part of the day to accommodate stranded travelers.

As in the Bryan-College Station area, Harris said winter weather won’t last long elsewhere in the state. High temperatures across North Texas were expected to hit the middle 40s on Sunday, he said.

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