Blizzard hits Panhandle, parts of South Plains

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 2/27/2013 12:13 pm
A powerful winter storm hit the South Plains and Panhandle Monday, February 25. You won't hear us use the term "blizzard" for weather here in West Texas often. It'll probably be a long time before we do again. In fact, I can't remember the last time Lubbock was under a blizzard warning.

You may wonder did we have enough snow for a blizzard. Snow totals aren't actually criteria for blizzards. The requirements to verify a blizzard warning from the Weather Service are wind and visibility:
  • wind sustained or frequently gusting to 35mph
  • visibility frequently below 1/4 mile

Both of those criteria must be met for at least three hours.

Lubbock's airport received received 3.4" of snow, which was a daily record for February 25. The Weather Service office off the South Loop picked up 4", about 6" at Reese Center and Shallowater. The greatest total in our area was 15" at Tulia.

The National Weather Service has compiled a great account of the blizzard at this webpage. Take time to check it out, it covers photos, snow totals, the meteorology behind the snow and much more.

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