|Icy storm slams Southwest, shuts down North Texas
Updated Dec 06, 08:58 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.
The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months.
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.