Dangerous winter weather has hit the Panhandle hard.
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Sonja Gross with the Texas Department of Transportation has issued a press release asking all to STAY AT HOME!
Sonja Gross statement:
SIMPLE MESSAGE: STAY HOME
AMARILLO – Ahead of an unprecedented statewide severe winter weather event, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties. This event is expected to have a major impact on Texas roadways, including 9,467 lane miles maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation’s Amarillo District.
Overall, the National Weather Service in Amarillo expects widespread snow amounts of 6-plus inches, with most areas in the 6 to 8-inch range. They also note greater snow amounts are possible due to banding and the Canadian River Effect. Wind chills will get colder each night with Monday and Tuesday being the coldest. Another winter system is possible Tuesday through Wednesday night.
“We expect major impacts on every road and blowing snow will definitely limit visibility. If you find yourself stranded, the anticipated wind chills of up to minus 25 degrees is only going to make you more vulnerable,” says Amarillo District Engineer Blair Johnson, P.E. “This is why we can’t say it enough – stay home.”
If you must drive, check weather forecasts and visit DriveTexas.org or call 800-452-9292 to see conditions and closures on your planned route.
Conditions on roadways can change rapidly, and even with proactive measures, the unpredictable and fast-changing severe Texas weather can still result in some ice accumulating. If you find yourself stranded or facing an emergency, call 9-1-1. Other key points to keep in mind: