Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights

DALLAS (AP) — An overnight storm that pelted parts of Texas and Oklahoma with freezing rain has made roads dangerously slick and forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Transportation officials and the National Weather Service warned people to stay off the roads until temperatures rise and the ice melts. Forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for the Dallas-Fort Worth area until Saturday night.

Flight tracker Flightaware.com reported 974 flights canceled at DFW airport by late Saturday morning.

Airport spokesman David Magana (muh-GAHN’-yuh) says about 5,000 stranded passengers were forced to spend the night at the airport after another 600 flights were canceled Friday. The airport provided cots, blankets and toiletries to the passengers.

Area temperatures are expected in the upper 40s Sunday.

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