Air temperature keeps ice at bay

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Icicles form on the leaves of a Bradford pear tree Monday morning on Elm Street in Denton.
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Some area residents lose power, but roads stay clear

Mother Nature glazed the branches, oak leaves and grass with beads of ice like a master pastry chef early, but the magic of air temperature meant that local commuters and power companies were spared the worst on Monday morning, unlike elsewhere in the state.

The A-train schedule ran on time Monday morning and traffic was lighter for those on their way to work or school. Temperatures remained at or above freezing, which kept bridges and overpasses clear.

In Denton, only one customer reported an outage after a tree fell on the line to the home, according to Denton Municipal Electric spokesman Brian Daskam.

“We got them a generator so they could have power for the night,” Daskam said. “We’re making the repair today.”

Similarly, a limb fell on a line in Flower Mound, affecting about 100 customers there until repairs could be made, according to Kat Gloria, spokeswoman for CoServ. Both DME and CoServ have tree-trimming programs to help mitigate outages from falling limbs.

Oncor reported a few outages that affected about a dozen customers east of Denton and others in Celina,which contrasted sharply with the thousands of outages reported in Tarrant County.

For the most part, driver stook it easy on North Texas roads. The Denton County Sheriff’s Office had no weather-related accidents over the weekend or Monday morning, officials said.

Forecasters had begun warning residents before the weekend that two weather systems could collide over North Texas and leave behind accumulations of snow and ice overnight Sunday into Monday.

But it didn’t happen. Instead, an upper-level low that meteorologists expected to arrive was still centered around Amarillo on Monday morning, according to Jamie Gudmestad, ofthe National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

It was expected to arrive later Monday and trigger some snow flurries that were expected to continue into early morning today. But there shouldn’t be any accumulations of snow.

“There won’t be as much moisture with it,” Gudmestad said.

Clouds will clear out overnight tonight, making Wednesday morning the coldest of the week for Denton County, likely dipping to 26 degrees.

But daytime temperatures will reach into the 40s, Gudmestad said.

“[Thursday] will be a nice day; chilly, but it’s Thanksgiving,” she said.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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