"Over the past week the dash lights sporadically come off and on."
this is probably a ground issue or a headlight switch. (not the only possibilities btw)
"Now this morning the car wont start. Was colder than usual last night, not sure if that plays in. Turn the key and all I get is the TICK TICK TICK "
your battery has run down again. most likely a short, draw, or bad alternator.
electrical trouble is usually best left to a trusted professional.