Icy roads leaving drivers stranded all over Fort Worth area on Wednesday

Amanda McCoy/amccoy@star-telegram.com

Fort Worth police are responding to several calls of stranded drivers on icy roads and highways Wednesday in every section of the city.

Motorists in trucks, cars, SUVs and other vehicles have reported to Fort Worth police being stuck on ice in west, east, south and north Fort Worth.

And it’s not going to get any better on Wednesday because more freezing rain is expected in Fort Worth and across North Texas, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

At 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, a MedStar ambulance reported being struck on a hill near Northwest 18th Street and Jacksboro Highway, according to a Fort Worth police incident report.

A driver headed to work called Fort Worth police just after 5 a.m. Wednesday to report being stuck on ice near a Fort Worth fire station at S. Hulen Street and Wheaten Drive.

It’s the second consecutive day of Fort Worth police responding to calls of drivers stranded on icy roads and highways.

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, during about 48 hours of the winter storm, MedStar crews had responded to 168 motor vehicle accidents on icy streets and highways, including 21 rollover crashes.

An ice storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the NWS in Fort Worth, as more freezing rain will develop with additional ice accumulations up to half inch in North Texas.

Travel conditions are expected to worsen on Wednesday, authorities said. It could be nearly impossible to drive through Wednesday night. Dangerous travel conditions will continue into Thursday morning.

Officials at the NWS in Fort Worth said travel is strongly discouraged, and if you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Authorities said if you have to be out on the roads over the next couple of days, make sure to slow down, watch for ice/black ice, and to give yourself plenty of time for driving.

Temperatures will slowly climb above freezing in Central Texas on Wednesday night and Thursday morning across most of North Texas allowing for melting of ice, according to the NWS in Fort Worth.

Daytime temperatures on Wednesday will be cold with highs in the lower 30s. North winds will be 5 to 10 mph, and the chance of precipitation is at near 100 percent.

Fourteen patients have been treated for hypothermia in North Texas, with 12 patients transported to area hospitals. Seven of those patients were in serious condition, according to MedStar officials.

MedStar crews also reported 15 patients injured in falls from slipping on ice.