Blizzard causes travel problems across most of the South Plains

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Updated: 2/25/2013 9:19 pm
Sustained winds near 35 miles per hour or more combined with significant snowfall made for a mean start to the week.  The snowfall began early this morning causing hazardous conditions on roads across the area, prompting road closures throughout the morning.

A Lubbock resident, Kenneth Acorn, said "I didn't believe it.  I woke up this morning and there was snow on the ground.  I didn't believe it at all but it's really happening."

Another Lubbock resident, Scott McFadin, said "I didn't get prepared because I was like there's no way that is actually going to happen.  Like, we're not going to have a blizzard in Lubbock, Texas."

That lack of preparedness resulted in numerous mishaps and many vehicles stuck in massive snow drifts due to slick roads, blowing snow and whiteout conditions in open areas.  Damage was not limited to the roads.  Extremely strong wind gusts brought down power lines and trees.

Acorn told us road conditions were not ideal saying "very bad.  Slushy, dirty, nasty.  Stay at home weather today."

Even Mike Anderson who is from Pennsylvania and is accustomed to these type of conditions, was impressed with this West Texas blizzard.  He said "well I figured Texans maybe had a different definition of blizzards.  So I was like what does that mean? An inch or two of snow?  But I woke up this morning and I was like okay, this is actually legit, you know.  Wind and snow and the whole nine yards."

Many people chose to stay indoors to avoid the frigid weather.  But despite the treacherous driving conditions, some people are still looking on the bright side.  Lubbock resident, Dean price said "i'm glad we're having it.  Honestly, truly.  I mean, we need the moisture, we've been dry for so long."

Eric Luna, also a Lubbock resident, agreed saying "you gotta love it, take moisture however it comes.  Whether it's snow, rain, or however.  It won't last long that's for sure, it doesn't happen very often so enjoy it while you can, right?"

Roads remain closed tonight and schools are adjusting Tuesday schedules with hazardous driving conditions impacting the morning drive.  Luna said "tomorrow morning will probably be the real test, to see how it is."

As temperatures drop tonight, the roads will ice over.  So give yourself a lot of extra time in the morning.
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