The Latest: Ice storm affects 22 North Texas counties until Thursday. Here’s what to expect

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Here’s the latest on the winter storm hitting North Texas. Check back for updates throughout the day, and sign up to get breaking news alerts here.

Tarrant, Dallas and 20 other North Texas counties are under an ice storm warning until 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Officials say residents should prepare for localized power outages.

David Bonnette, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said there will be a widespread round of freezing rain Wednesday that will start by mid-afternoon, continue through the night and add up to half an inch of new ice to already treacherous roads.

Bonnette said the ice will accumulate on power lines and trees, which could lead to localized power outages. Road conditions will be extremely dangerous Wednesday.

The ice storm warning says that travel could become “nearly impossible” Wednesday. The ice storm warning includes Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Wise, Somervell, Young, Jack, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Eastland, Erath, Comanche, Montague, Cooke, Grayson, Mills, Hamilton and Bosque counties.

Bonnette said officials are advising people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary and plan for power outages in case they happen.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 20s throughout the day. DFW set a new daily snowfall record with 1.3 inches of sleet as of Tuesday afternoon. For the purposes of record keeping, sleet on the ground is considered the same as snowfall, the weather service said. The old record was 1.2 inches, set in 1985.

Icy conditions are expected to last through Thursday morning. Bonnette said temperatures will remain in the 30s all day Thursday so the ice won’t have much of a chance to melt. Road conditions Thursday will improve somewhat, but should still be considered dangerous.

Bonnette said conditions will continue to improve Friday with some sunshine and temperatures getting into the 40s. and 50s.