Rare Blizzard Strikes West Texas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS (AP) - In much of the rolling plains of West Texas, a blizzard has never been recorded.

There has been one now.

The National Weather Service says the region west and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area saw blizzard-like conditions throughout the day Thursday as up to 8 inches of snow fell in the region. Winds gusting at up to 65 mph drifted the snow as deep as 5 feet in some areas.

The weather service says no blizzard warning had ever been issued for an area of Texas as far south as Interstate 20. The heavily traveled interstate was closed for most of the day between Cisco and Abilene after six inches of snow fell in the area 130 miles west of Dallas.

Crews worked late in the afternoon to reopen it to traffic.

State Trooper Sparky Dean of Abilene says a multitude of jackknifed tractor-trailer rigs and stalled cars compounded the traffic obstacles on the interstate.

No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.

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