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Ice To Linger Over Much Of Texas

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Icy conditions will continue to bring down tree branches and power lines, and make driver treacherous. (Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Icy conditions will continue to bring down tree branches and power lines, and make driver treacherous. (Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — Texans shouldn’t expect the ice to go away anytime soon.

The National Weather Service says subfreezing temperatures through the weekend are expected to keep roads, trees and power lines iced up in North Texas after the Friday ice storm. And forecasters say there’s a chance of freezing drizzle in much of the state on Saturday.

Temperatures will remain below freezing in most Texas 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.

Oncor utility crews are working around the clock to restore power after falling ice-laden tree limbs downed power lines throughout the day Friday, leaving about 268,000 customers without light and heat.

A cover weighed down with ice collapsed on a Lewisville Lake pier, injuring no one but briefly trapping one person.

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

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 stretched from South Texas, where anxious residents bagged outdoor plants to protect them from the cold, through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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