FORT WORTH — In North Texas, snow and ice on the roadways is generally not a welcome sight. Unless you drive a tow truck.
And then, Mother Nature's moodiness means big business.
“It’s true,” said Sam Knight, vice president of operations at Texas Towing Wrecker Service. “When people are out on snow and ice and get into trouble, they need someone qualified to get them free and back on the road. Our calls double and triple. It is a profitable time in the towing business.”
Tuesday afternoon could be another lucrative day for North Texas’ wrecker companies as another round of snow is predicted to fall after lunchtime, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Snow accumulations of about 1 inch are expected in most areas, although places west of Interstate 35 could get as much as 3 inches. The temperature is not expected to get above 36 degrees.
North Texas will be under a winter weather advisory from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth said.
“It won’t be quite as bad as we saw on Christmas Eve, but it will probably make the bridges and overpasses slick, once again,” said Mark Fox, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Forth Worth.
North Texans are still talking about the Christmas Eve storm, which created blizzard-like conditions and buried Tarrant County under 2 to 4 inches of snow, marking the first time in more than 80 years that North Texans had a true white Christmas.
It also made a mess of the roadways. From noon on Christmas Eve until noon on Christmas Day, for example, Fort Worth police reported 140 major accidents and 249 minor accidents, said Sgt. Chad Mahaffey, a police spokesman.
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