UPDATED: Snow slowly ending this afternoon

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Updated: 2/25/2013 12:34 pm
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updated 12:35 p.m.

Through Noon here are some of the greatest snow totals reported to the National Weather Service. It is still snowing and will for a few more hours.

Lubbock, South Loop 4", liquid equivalent 0.41"

Tulia 14"
Dimmitt 8"
Littlefield 6"
Plainview 6"
Muleshoe 6" to 8"
Floydada 3"

Snow drifts north of Lubbock are reported to be between 2' and 4' tall.

Farther north in the Panhandle:
Borger 10"
SW Amarillo 11"
Beaver, OK 11"
Canadian 11"
Fritch 14"

If you have a snow report or want to share snow photos e-mail weather@fox34.com.

updated 10:09 a.m.

Snow continues to fall. While it's not all heavy...at times the snow is greatly reducing the visibility. The 10 a.m. observations in Lubbock show 1/8 mile visibility. We continue to hear reports of wrecks around the area on the police scanners. If you don't have to go out please don't. The Interstate north of Lubbock is closed. Many highways north of the city are also closed, including Hwy. 84 south of Littlefield.

NWS relayed a report from TXDOT of several drivers stranded on I-27 between Tulia and Happy. North of Lubbock 2' to 4' snow drifts are common. Yes, that's feet.

We'll post more info as it comes in.

UPDATE 9:05 a.m.

Snow totals as of 9:00 a.m.
Dimmitt: 8 inches

Snow totals as of about 8:40 a.m.
Littlefield: 6 inches
Lubbock: 2.5 inches
Silverton: 9 inches

Snow totals as of about 8:00 a.m.
Morton: 3 inches
West of Tulia: 10.3 inches

UPDATE 7:41 a.m.
Snow totals coming in from the National weather service as of about 7:30 am:

Friona: 6 inches
Levelland: 1 inch
Shallowater: 4 inches
Muleshoe: 3.5 inches
Abernathy: 3 inches

MAJOR STORM: A major winter storm is moving across our region. This is making travel difficult, and in some places, impossible. Please use caution if you must head out today.
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EARLY REPORTS: Just a couple notes on what's happened through 3 a.m.:
- NWS Amarillo relayed reports from TXDOT of highways impassable toward Dumas and Borger. That's well north of here, and we do expect the worst of this blizzard to affect the Texas Panhandle. But we'll definitely get our fair share.
- PD in Tulia reported about 3" of snow in an hour and a half. That is very heavy.
- Storm Prediction Center put out a technical discussion that locally enhanced snow rates of 2" to 3" will be possible from the Central Panhandle to W Oklahoma. This could lead to more of those bands north of Lubbock, like what we saw at Tulia.
- Severe thunderstorm watch is in place through 6 a.m. to our southeast, around Abilene and the Big Country.

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WARNINGS: A blizzard warning continues until 6 p.m. for Lubbock and areas along and north of Highway 114. A winter weather advisory is in place just to the south of the warning, roughly along Highway 380 from Plains to Post.


STORM TRACK: The very strong upper-level low is tracking out of Eastern New Mexico this morning. It looks like it'll go just south of Lubbock. Areas north of the low are favored for heavy snowfall. The heaviest rates should be north of the city, into the Panhandle. But any city that lies north of that low has the potential to see occasional heavy snow.

TIMING: The heaviest snow should fall between 6 a.m. and Noon today, gradually fading into the afternoon. Snow is still possible through 6 p.m., a little later farther east. The temperature won't move much today, staying in the 20s and 30s.

WIND: What is actually more significant than the snow is the wind. N/NW wind today 25-45mph with gusts at times over 55mph. A few inches of snow on its own wouldn't be that bad. But with the very strong wind even light snow greatly reduces the visibility. You can't even see the road, much less being able to tell how icy the road is. This is why the blizzard warning is in place.

HOW MUCH SNOW?: Any area that gets a heavy snow band can pick up a quick 1" to 2" of snow. I mention that because there isn't any skill in determining just where multiple heavy bands will set up. For a general forecast we're expecting around 2" to 4" around Lubbock, generally under 2" south of Lubbock and some 3" to 6" totals, isolated spots to 8" north of Lubbock. Here is a map of our general thinking. Again, it's just an outline...there will be isolated locations with a lot more...and some that miss out.


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TONIGHT: With a snowpack extending across the High Plains and a clearing sky the temp will crater tonight. We're forecasting teens in Lubbock, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some single-digit readings north of the city, especially any place where heavier snow sets up.

REST OF THE WEEK: It'll stay cold tomorrow and Wednesday, in the 40s...probably 30s where heavy snow falls today. It looks relatively quiet in the latter part of the week, though we'll have to watch another push of colder air. Right now it looks like that cold air will stay east of here, but it'll be something to watch.


Check back for updates here through the day, as well as on radio, TV and social media. Use #lubbockblizzard when making reports on twitter.
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