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TEXAS-SIZE WINTER STORM BURIES DALLAS/FORT WORTH

A winter storm bearing ice, sleet and snow blew over north Texas on Thursday, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, snarling traffic and shutting schools and businesses.

American Airlines, which has a major hub at D/FW airport, canceled more than 210 flights as of midafternoon. American Eagle, the regional commuter subsidiary of the nation's No. 2 carrier, cut another 135 flights from D/FW and Dallas Love Field.

"Overall, 35 to 40 percent of scheduled arrivals and departures are delayed or canceled," said the airport's public affairs director, Melba Williams.

Up to 2 inches of sleet, snow and freezing rain left a slippery slush on roads, snarling traffic and posing a threat for today because overnight freezing temperatures will glaze the melted mush again.

Police reported scores of crashes and wrecks in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, without fatalities. A corporate jet slid off a runway at Love Field. No injuries were reported.

The storm blew in after midnight, part of a winter front from the west that dumped up to a foot of snow on neighboring Oklahoma, where schools and government offices were closed.

Meanwhile, the snowstorm that blindsided the Northeast earlier this week was a delightful surprise to the region's ski resorts, which have had a feeble winter up to now..

Most resorts got 10 to 14 inches of snow during this storm, and some should have 20 inches by the weekend, said a spokesman for one of New England's largest resorts.

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