Snowstorm blankets West Texas; residents warned

2/25/2013

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A winter storm hitting the central Plains is leaving several inches of snow in much of West Texas and the Panhandle.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for all of Monday in much of West Texas and the Panhandle. It forecasts as much as 12 to 18 inches of snow in parts of the Panhandle, with most of the area getting between 6 to 14 inches.

Wind gusts up to 65 mph are creating whiteout conditions on roads.

The Texas Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 40 westbound from Amarillo to the New Mexico border. Spokesman Paul Braun warns of snow drifts approaching a foot or higher on some roads. He asks residents to stay inside unless absolutely necessary.

Texas Tech and many local schools have canceled classes.


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