- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Thousands of Texas students were staying home from school Thursday after a deadly late-winter storm dumped up to 7 inches of snow, leading to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the death of a person shot while apparently admiring the snowfall.

Dallas police report a man was killed early Thursday while snapping photos of the snow from a parking lot. Investigators were looking for suspects in the apparent random gunfire that killed Ahmed Al-Jumaili, 36, and also left several nearby vehicles damaged, according to Officer Monica Cordova.

One man died in a seven-vehicle traffic accident Wednesday night on icy roads in Little Elm, 25 miles north of Dallas. Police identified the man killed as Paul Dering, 41, of nearby Savannah.

Flightaware.com reports more than 800 flights were canceled Thursday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which received 3.5 inches of snow. As many as 600 travelers were stranded at the airport overnight, airport spokesman David Magana said. Dallas Love Field canceled about 45 flights due to weather.

Schools in Wichita Falls, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton, Austin, Abilene and Grapevine, with 7 inches of snow, canceled classes.

The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday, but the advisory was lifted as sunny skies broke through with temperatures easing above freezing as the system moved on.

“The snow has now moved into far East Texas and into Louisiana and Arkansas,” said Jesse Moore, a forecaster with the weather service in Fort Worth, adding that temperatures will rise as the day progresses.

High temperatures usually average in the mid-60s in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in early March, Moore said. The system plunged temperatures into the 20s before dawn Thursday after a night of freezing rain that turned to snow, dropping 2-4 inches.

Austin had freezing rain, which can be treacherous for drivers, Moore said.

“All it takes is a light coating on surfaces to cause problems,” Moore said.

Fort Hood, one of the nation’s largest Army posts, reported scattered power outages due to weather including lightning. All power was restored by Thursday morning, according to a statement from the Central Texas installation.

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