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Posted: Dec 7, 2013 6:58 AM

Updated: Dec 7, 2013 6:58 AM

DALLAS (AP) The ice built up on Texas roads and trees isn't likely to go away soon.

Subfreezing temperatures will continue through the weekend, the National Weather Service says, keeping roads, trees and power lines in North Texas iced over in the wake of Friday's storm. Forecasters also say there's a chance of freezing drizzle for much of the state on Saturday.

Oncor utility crews worked through the night restore power after tree limbs fell and downed power lines. About 117,000 customers in the Dallas area were without power Saturday morning.

More than 350 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been cancelled Saturday morning, the airport said, and about 3,330 passengers had stayed overnight in the terminals.

Ice and its effects on semitrailer rigs forced the sporadic closures of freeways and interchanges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as a hilly stretch of Interstate 20 between Weatherford and Ranger.

Temperatures will remain below freezing until Sunday, including single digits in the Panhandle and South Plains, and in the teens and 20s over the northern half of the state 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.

Friday's storm had stretched from South Texas through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England.

Topics: Texas-Winter Storm

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