Traveling along I-35E in Denton was pretty smooth, but a different story on hilly access roads – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

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DENTON, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – The snow in Denton ended by late morning, but the icy roads remained.

Janet Sloane said riding her 18-wheeler was fairly easy until she attempted to navigate a hilly section of the I-35E access road at Brinker Road. “I was fine until I got stuck on the hill. I’m just trying to get home.

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Even the driver of a big truck who tried to help Sloane got dizzy too.

Further north on the access road, crews had to pull a van out of a ditch after it slid off the road and hit a utility pole.

Denton Municipal Electric said the power remained on and would replace it in the coming days.

Senior lineman Chase Oliver said, “We brought one of our spare trucks from the yard, put it on top to hold it in place, so it doesn’t fall over.”

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the Denton Police Department said it had responded to 44 crashes since 6 p.m. Wednesday.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries.

TxDOT crews drove plows and brine trucks through the main lanes of I-35E for much of the day in Denton.

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But along the highway there was a telltale sign that most people were heeding the warnings to stay off the roads and at home; the normally filled Buc-ee at Denton was relatively empty.

James Tuberville, a frequent Sanger customer, said he couldn’t remember the last time he saw the popular store look like this: “Never. Never. I didn’t have to wait for a fuel stain or anything like that. Just pull straight and go straight in.

The city of Denton said 16 people spent the night at its 24-hour emergency shelter at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center.

It will remain open until Sunday noon.

Earlier Thursday morning, Denton Square became a winter wonderland where even the snowflakes were the size of Texas.

Max Hedden was walking his dog. “I’ve never seen such big snowflakes in Texas, so it’s pretty amazing.”

Ruth Church-Owens walked to her job in Denton Square. “It’s almost like a storybook. Really nice. Sounds like one of those holiday puzzles you would do.

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