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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 28 2013

Weather Talk: Storm in Texas Panhandle was particularly nasty

The Texas Panhandle is known for having harsh winters, at least compared to the rest of Texas. The higher elevation and location near the Rocky Mountains brings the occasional snowstorm and temperatures sometimes well below zero.

Blizzards, like ones we get here in the Northern Plains, are not rare in the Panhandle. But the storm they had Monday was a real memory maker. Amarillo, Texas, was buried under 19 inches of snow in just one day. Snow fell at the rate of 3 inches per hour Monday morning with thunder and lightning. Wind gusted to 75 mph at the Amarillo airport. Snow drifted to heights of 6 feet inside the city of Amarillo. Whiteout conditions persisted through the day, causing officials to close most of the roads in the area. And, yes, blizzards are common enough in the Panhandle that roads have blizzard gates like we do. But this was a particularly nasty storm by any standard.


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