Whiteout conditions, howling winds 75 mph, 3 ft snow drifts: north Texas paralyzed by ‘historic blizzard’

February 26, 2013TEXAS A strong winter storm blowing through the Texas Panhandle has lead to road closures and blizzard conditions in the area, where as many as 100 motorists are stranded between Amarillo and Lubbock. Trooper David Hawthorne of the Texas Department of Public Safety in Amarillo said National Guard troops are helping state troopers and local deputies and police find and help motorists stranded in whiteout conditions. Numerous major Texas Panhandle highways were closed for the night as sub-freezing temperatures froze ice and compacted snow on the pavement. The Texas Department of Transportation website showed most major routes in the region were closed. The National Weather Service said as many as 100 motorists on Interstate 27 between Amarillo and Lubbock found themselves stalled in whiteout conditions in the worst of the storm, Monday. The American Red Cross set up two shelters for stranded motorists. Red Cross spokeswoman Martha Riddlesburger says about 50 stranded Interstate 27 motorists sought shelter at its shelter in Tulia, about 50 miles south of Amarillo. Red Cross spokesman Steven Pair says 45 motorists stranded on Interstate 40 sought refuge in a shelter in Groom, 45 miles east of Amarillo. As of 7 p.m., the heaviest snowfall in Texas was recorded in Amarillo with 19 inches of snow, 16 inches in Fritch, 15 inches in Pampa and 14 inches in Booker. In Oklahoma, 15 inches was recorded in Woodward and 11 inches in Shattuck. While snowfall is expected to taper off by Monday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 35 mph will remain a hazard, said Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Amarillo, Texas, office. The strong storm is expected to bring cooler temperatures and a wintery mix to DFW Monday evening with possible wind gusts of 75 miles an hour. Whiteouts were also reported in Oklahoma, where as of 10 a.m. Central time, the state had closed all highways in six counties — Ellis, Harper, Woodward, Beaver, Texas and Cimarron — until further notice.NBCDWF, CNN
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13 Responses to Whiteout conditions, howling winds 75 mph, 3 ft snow drifts: north Texas paralyzed by ‘historic blizzard’

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Yes indeed. When I saw these pics,plus the ones on the weather channel, my mind shot to “ICE ROAD TRUCKERS” episodes and past pictures from Siberia,Russia.
    But,my, in Texas!


  2. Texas Listening Post, Tony says:

    I live in Amarillo and the weather was as bad as the pictures depict. Most businesses did not try to open. I got stuck in the snow four times trying to pickup my wife from work. This morning the sun is out but now we have a heavy layer of ice, little traffic moving. Venturing out is as bad as yesterday except for the blowing snow. Only the major streets are cleared the neighborhood streets will remain as is, a major struggle to get to a major street. Just another winter in the Panhandle of Texas.


    • Coyote7 says:

      I know what you are saying. Amarillo gets “black-ice” real bad. I hope Polk St is fine and snow has melted! .. 🙂 Back in the day the snow drifts were worse than what I see in this picture. Take care of yourself and Hi to the Albrights!


  3. James says:

    I am happy I know longer live in the sub-Arctic regions of the south and live in tropical Montana!


  4. Peter says:

    Well at least the person next to the red car is by a Subway and H&R Block. They could multi-task and buy a Subway Club while getting their taxes prepared.


  5. Irene C says:

    Most of Ohio missed out on this system. All we got her in North Central Ohio is freezing rain and sleet. Right now it’s just cold and wet.


  6. But but they all said under the premise of global warming that we have seen the last of snow. They didnt lie to us did they?:


    • Glenda Walth says:

      Nope, that’s a misreading of the concept of global warming. The increasing carbon load in the he atmosphere is changing the ozone layer which affects how it filters the sun’s energy, and lets in more UV and heat which dries up vegetation and the air. The amount and kind of sun energy we get (caused by holes in the ozone, caused by high CO2 levels) affects the water cycle leading to droughts and floods and increasing the energy in the storm we do get.Those atmosphere changes affect the jetstream that carries cold air down to the equator and moves both dry and wet air around leading to what we are having now: flashfloods/tornadoes in summer and blizzards in winter. The trapped heat is also melting the icecaps changing the salinity of the water. Salt water is lighter than fresh so it sinks causing the maritime ocean currents (the Gulf Stream current up the Atlantic,specifically for the U.S.) we need to warm the higher latitudes of both north and south ends of the planet. It’s complicated, but the warm-up and the ocean current changes actually will make the northern hemisphere colder because we won’t have the warm air off the ocean anymore, plus the colder northern air currents dipping to lower latitudes. The jetstream is changing, bringing more cold down more frequently. The same with northern Europe. So although the world is warmer in general some parts will end up colder by losing the elements of geography, sunlight, trapped heat, atmospheric and oceanic changes that made them a temporate climate suitable for comfortable human habitation. My science might not be 100%, but I think that is a general outline of a supremely complex system of cause and effect.


      • Glenda Walth says:

        I should have been more clear: salt water is lighter than fresh so the salt water RISES, not sinks. This rising causes the currents. Too much fresh water from the melting glaciers can stall currents which will change temps on land, not to mention raising sea levels, drowning coastlines and making hurricane wave effects worse.


  7. tonic says:

    Looks more and more like the planet has crossed the tipping point of climate change, whatever it’s instigator was.
    Imagine a board meeting in a major store. What stock should we order for next summer, umbrellas, sandbags, and pumps, or parasols, suncream and bottled water?


  8. Kajajuk says:

    Old Man winter is not finished with the Northeast:
    Just the “tip of the iceberg”, so to speak, as this system started in the mid-west of USA and now is over the Northeast. “State of Emergency? again or still?”

    The God’s must be crying…
    “Nothing to see hear mate, just business as usual”, http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/extra-disaster-assistance-flood-affected-communities
    Is it still January? http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/qld/summary.shtml
    “Odds favour a near average cyclone season for most Australians”, yeah that’s a relief…
    …think i’ll get a Fosters!
    “Torn-a-doess?, what the hell is that?”. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/mini-tornado-hits-queensland-coastal-town/story-fn3dxiwe-1226562434151


  9. Jammer says:

    Weather is just weather! Has it ever snowed like this before in history? Lets be real about this…. unless we can control the gasses from volcanoes and the release of CO2 from the oceans when water temperatures rise nothing we can do makes one iota of difference. He’ll, one Mt Pinatubo eruption in history put out more CO and sulphur gas than all of the years of the industrial revolutions output combined! St. Helens eruption effected the earth for more than a year. Where was the permit for that?


  10. Mary says:

    I live in Plainview, TX, south of Tulia, south of Amarillo. Yes, we had a blizzard, but thank you, God, we needed the moisture. We are so dry here that a 1 or 2 day blizzard is a welcome relief from the dryness.


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