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Low temperatures, icy precipitation create slick spots on roads for New Year's

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Julia Falcon, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

North Texas is being ushered into the new year with below-freezing temperatures, freezing rain and shiver-inducing wind chills. 

Denton County's high for New Year's Eve was forecast to be 29 degrees, with the overnight low nearing 13 degrees — but feeling more like 0 degrees with wind chill. According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, temperatures will not reach above freezing until at least Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has advised drivers to exercise caution, even if there's no precipitation falling. There were reports of ice on overpasses and slick roads throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Sunday, and snow as far north as the Red River.

The precipitation was expected to end after noon Sunday, and ground temperatures were set to remain warm enough to not freeze over. Wind chill and winter weather advisories were in effect for Denton County until 3 p.m Sunday.

Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said that drivers need to be cautious of the weather conditions at all times. 

"This holiday landed on a Sunday, so there aren't many drivers out this morning compared to a weekday traveling," Haschel said. "We've been lucky not to have so many accidents so far."

Haschel advises drivers to scrape ice off their entire windshield, so that their field of vision isn't reduced. He also warns drivers to be patient with cars that aren't used to the frigid temperatures and may experience temperature shock to their batteries.

"Make sure your car is prepared in case you are stranded somewhere," Haschel said.

Denton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Eric Peterson said there were multiple car collisions throughout Sunday morning. 

While a Ponder Fire Rescue truck was responding to calls, it was struck by another vehicle. In Krum, another fire truck was struck by a van, slightly injuring rescuers and requiring the van's occupants to be taken to a hospital. 

The frigid weather has greatly affected some businesses, such as the Black Cat fireworks outlet in the Lincoln Park area on U.S. Highway 380. 

"It's been really slow this season, just because of how cold it is," said Kim Juel, a supervisor of the stand.

FEATURED PHOTO: Vehicles drive along under a damp overpass near the intersection of South Interstate 35E and Corinth Parkway in Corinth. The National Weather Service predicts Monday will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 25 and wind chill values between minus-1 and 9 degrees. Jeff Woo/DRC