Ice storm spreads from Dallas to Memphis

1:30 PM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
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DALLAS - A winter blast is hitting much of the country. Record cold temps across the plains have people staying inside. While the threat of an ice storm from Dallas to Memphis has residents preparing for possible power outages, The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore is in Dallas, Texas with more information.

The Texas Department of Transportation is trying to eliminate the crucial gridlock that they had during the super bowl of January 2011 by bringing in 400 additional vehicles to treat these roads.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States with about 6.5 million. The problem is there are so many elevated road surfaces. Dallas-Fort Worth has close to 800 miles of them in fact. They are going to freeze upon contact when the temperature goes to 32. There is no ground to protect them, so the cold air is above, the cold air is below, and it's pretty much going to read almost what your car thermometer is saying.

The good news is the city is preparing for this thing, and they are going to try and keep it as best as they can from complete and utter gridlock.

Now, that said, a quarter- to a half-inch of ice means massive power outages from Texas to Arkansas to Tennessee to Kentucky and all the way up into Ohio, as millions will be impacted in what could be possibly the biggest power outage situation that we've seen since Superstorm Sandy back in 2012.

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