DALLAS — A heavy sleet storm Monday night layered one to three inches of ice over roads in North Texas, closing schools and many offices Tuesday and putting a big chill on retail sales. Local merchants were concerned that the possibility of more freezing precipitation would crimp business today as well.

"Traffic is light," said Melody Kamp, marketing director at NorthPark Center mall. "All of our major department stores are open and 80 to 85 percent of specialty stores, but since the schools are closed, a lot of children are outside playing in the winter wonderland, so it will be a slower day."

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