Kevin Charles

Blizzard Expected To Hit West Texas, Panhandle

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Dirt Road on icy FieldsIf you’re set to travel to the Texas panhandle, don’t. The national weather service has issued a blizzard warning for all day Monday for much of west Texas and the panhandle.

The agency is forecasting twelve to eighteen inches of snow in parts of the panhandle, with most of the area getting between six and fourteen inches. Wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour are creating white-out conditions on roads. The Texas department of transportation has closed westbound I-40 from Amarillo to New Mexico and is asking residents to stay inside unless absolutely necessary.

The Texas Panhandle is under a Blizzard Warning as residents prepare for near white-out conditions and high winds.  The region could see two to three inches of snowfall per hour and wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour today. Governor Rick Perry has positioned Texas Military Forces in Amarillo, Pampa, Childress and Lubbock and is activating the  DPS Disaster District Committee in Amarillo to assist residents. Perry urges residents in the area to stay off the roads and listen to local authorities for updates. Forecasters are calling for blizzard-like snowfall levels and wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour to continue through Tuesday.

Texas Tech and many other schools have canceled classes.

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