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Texas Panhandle hit by snow storm

Texas was hit by a snow storm Tuesday leaving up to 15,000 homes without power in the Lubbock area.  Winds of up to 45 m.p.h. buffeted the area adding to the problems brought on by extremely wet and heavy snow.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Wet snow blanketed parts of Texas, closing roads and cutting power to thousands.

The heaviest accumulation Tuesday was more than a foot in the Lubbock area, where the storm closed at least four roads and left 10,000 to 15,000 homes without electricity. The Texas Panhandle saw as many as 8 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

“The snow is extremely wet and heavy, and it came with bad wind,” National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Ellis said.

Many of the outages came when wind gusts up to 45 mph caused tree limbs to break and knock out power lines, Ellis said.

Three shelters were opened in Lubbock after authorities for elderly people stranded in their homes without power, said Lubbock County Judge Tom Head. The number of people in those shelters was not immediately available.

Power was not expected to be restored until Wednesday afternoon, Head said.

Lubbock itself received only 3 inches, but Dimmitt, to the north, reported 13 inches and had snowdrifts up to 8 feet high. Muleshoe received 10 inches with drifts as high as 6 feet.

The Texas Department of Transportation said several roads were closed.

In Oklahoma, more than 2 inches of snow in the state’s Panhandle caused about 100 electric poles to collapse, resulting in the loss of power to about 5,000 customers Monday night, said Roy Smothermon, spokesman for the Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

Electricity was restored to all but about 500 customers in Adams and Optima by Tuesday afternoon.

The storm was expected to delay the cotton harvest in the region, said Roger Haldenby, vice president of Plains Cotton Growers Inc.