• L&T staff report
An urgent winter weather message was posted by the National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas at 2:50 this morning. A Winter Weather Warning has been issued for the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Friday evening. The National Weather Service in Dodge City has reported similar conditions for Southeastern Colorado.
The Winter Weather Advisory includes all counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Cimarron, Texas and Beaver. The following counties in the Texas Panhandle are included as well: Dallam, Sherman, Hansford Ochiltree, Hartley, More, Hutchinson, Roberts, Hemphill, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Wheeler, Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Donley and Collingsworth.
“The National Weather Service in Amarillo has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, for all of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles,” the NWS noted. “Snowfall accumulations of generally one to three inches are expected across the eastern Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles with two to four inches across the western and central panhandles.”
Highest totals, the NWS reported, will occur over the Western Texas Panhandle.”
“Snow is expected to begin across the Western Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles this evening and will spread from west to east across the remainder of the panhandles during the overnight hours tonight through Friday morning,” the NWS added. “Snow intensity will be greatest after midnight tonight through mid-day Friday. The snow will end from west to east Friday afternoon.”
The main impact of the snow will cause roads, bridges and overpasses to become slick and treacherous, the notice reported. Travel will be treacherous. Travel will be adversely impacted.
Visibilities may drop to around one mile or less at times in the snow late tonight through Friday morning, the NWS continued.
According to the NWS, a Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.