It has been dubbed "Ice Friday," the result of a frigid bout of weather that hit usually sunny north Texas before moving east.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm and ice warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. It said the storm was marked by "bitterly cold Arctic air."
Snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue throughout Friday across the southern plains and lower Mississippi River Valley before tapering off. From the Ohio River Valley into the Northeast, wintry precipitation is expected into the night and is expected to continue through the weekend across much of the country.
The storm is forecast to reach the East Coast over the weekend, stretching from Atlanta to New York.
In the Dallas-Forth Worth region, the bad weather has prompted flight cancellations, highway closures, power outages, snow days for schools and businesses -- and a whole bunch of freaky photos.
Below are several snapshots of the ice posted on Twitter by Texans unfamiliar with the cold weather:
OMG look how it is outside! It's not snow it's just ice.. Why is Texas so weird ?? pic.twitter.com/V8U4XcWP6F— BEAU BE MY 2/5 (@Queenouix) December 6, 2013
Hey look. Window down. Ice stays. pic.twitter.com/kxk3swzLGV— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) December 6, 2013
This HUGE tree was a casualty of overnight ice, on campus at SMU in Dallas pic.twitter.com/viowXZJtF4— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) December 6, 2013
ice day in texas ¿¿¿¿¿¿ pic.twitter.com/P3ODVe0ljC— SoMo Seduction (@SoMoSeduction) December 6, 2013
Ice storm in Texas! & yes! You could say I'm a photographer¿¿¿¿¿ pic.twitter.com/UubrzrcUY2— AnneMarie Spiker (@spikeyyyA) December 6, 2013
Ice, Ice baby. Tree roping a new sport in Dallas; thousands are down taking the power with it. pic.twitter.com/UTX11f55I7— Kate Delaney (@realradiotalk) December 6, 2013
An uncharacteristic sight in Central Texas: ice on the side view mirror. pic.twitter.com/JajZyzPukv— Chuck DeVore (@chuckdevore) December 6, 2013
Big ice storm overnight in Dallas. Found these ice-covered branches in our backyard. pic.twitter.com/lklMhaQT3C— Ray Pritchard (@raypritchard) December 6, 2013
Typical Texas kid fascinated by the ice pic.twitter.com/dcvInKlss1— Baylee Mozjesik (@baykayM) December 6, 2013
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