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    Blizzard Reports: Drifting Snow Shuts Down Highways

    By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    March 12, 2013, 9:44:36 AM EDT

    As the second major winter storm in a week takes shape across the southern High Plains, heavy windswept snow will clobber areas from Amarillo north to Dodge City, Wichita and Kansas City through Monday.

    Blizzard Clobbers Amarillo, Wichita, Kansas City
    Live Blog: Visibility Down to Feet in the Plains Blizzard

    10:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: Capron, Ill. has accumulated 5 inches of snow from the storm so far.

    10:02 p.m. CST Tuesday: Grimes, Iowa was reporting 6.4 inches of snow with winds that created snow drifts up to 2 feet.

    9:55 p.m. CST Tuesday: Chicago's O'Hare Airport officially reported 4.2 inches of snow from the storm thus far, with snow still falling.

    9:11 p.m. CST Tuesday: Wrap-around snow has made for some significant snow totals in Iowa; 3.5 inches reported in Ladora and 5.4 inches in Adel.

    8:19 p.m. CST Tuesday: In Riverton, Ill., 3.3 inches of snow has been reported.

    7:40 p.m. CST Tuesday: Freezing rain is now falling in Warm Springs, Va.

    6:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: West Allis, Wi., now has 2.6 inches of snow and roads are becoming snow covered.

    4:21 p.m. CST Tuesday: Recent Illinois snow accumulations - 3.9" in Winfield, 5.0" in McHenry, 4.5" in Elburn, 5.0" in Gurnee, 4.1" near Sheridan

    3:32 p.m. CST Tuesday: 4.5 inches of snow recorded in McHenry County, Ill. Bull Valley Police Department reported that motorists are stranded on the side of roadways and numerous accidents have occurred. Plowers are struggling to keep up with snow removal due to significant blowing and drifting.

    3:15 p.m. CST Tuesday: Wheaton, Ill., is now reporting heavy snow with visibility down to one quarter of a mile.

    2:55 p.m. CST Tuesday: Heavy snow is falling and it is very windy in Morrison, Ill.

    2:25 p.m. CST Tuesday: A total of 6.5 inches of snow has been reported in Fulton, Mo.

    1:43 p.m. CST Tuesday: Very heavy snow falling in Beach Park, Ill. One inch has fallen in the past 30 minutes, reducing visibility to 500 feet or less.

    1:40 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snow has become more intense in Chicago over the last 20 minutes, reducing visibility to 1/4 of a mile.

    1:21 p.m. CST Tuesday: 411 flights, including both arrivals and departures, have been canceled at Chicago O'Hare International Airport today. More than 346 have been delayed.

    11:48 a.m. CST Tuesday: 4.5 inches of snow have fallen across Marshall County, Iowa. Visibility has been reduced to between one-quarter and three-quarters of a mile.

    11:35 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow has arrived in Chicago. Conditions will worsen for the city into the evening.

    11:31 a.m. CST Tuesday: 12 inches of snow have fallen in Moberly, Mo. Power has been out in the town for the past two hours. Many 3- to 4-inch limbs are snapped off trees.

    11:13 a.m. CST Tuesday: Roadways continue to worsen across parts of Illinois. Areas below marked in yellow represent patches of ice and snow. Red sections represent snow and ice covered portions of the state. Route 57 and Route 80 are severe in some locations.


    12:45 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow totals across Iowa: 3.5" in Winterset, 6.0" Near Keosauqua, 5.0" in Creston, 3" in Waukee

    10:43 a.m. CST Tuesday: A mix of sleet and snow is falling in Dupage County, Il.

    9:50 a.m. CST Tuesday: There are snow drifts up to five feet in northern Missouri. Ice is glazing the trees in Bonfield, Ill. Freezing rain is accumulating on surfaces in northwestern Ohio.

    9:10 a.m. CST Tuesday: Heavy, wet snow collapsed a gas station canopy near Columbia, Mo.

    9:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Kearney, Mo., north of Kansas City, has snow drifts up to 2 feet deep and visibility under a quarter of a mile.

    8:45 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow has coated the highways in Missouri, making for difficult travel.



    8:30 a.m. CST Tuesday: Tuesday's snowfall of around 3 inches, so far, will be the largest snowfall for Springfield, Mo., since February 2011.

    8:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Bad weather has cancelled 309 flights at Chicago O'Hare and 115 flights at the Kansas City airport.

    7:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Sleet and freezing rain are falling in northern Indiana.

    6:45 a.m. CST Tuesday: Here are some snow totals from Missouri at 6:30 a.m. CST: 8 inches in Ferrelview, 5 inches in Ekland, 7 inches in Chillicothe, and 4-5 inches southwest of Kansas City. Heavy snow is causing power outages in Columbia, Mo.

    6:30 a.m. CST Tuesday: A trained spotter reported thundersnow Tuesday morning in Versailles, in western Illinois. The spotter also reported 3 inches of snow falling in a half an hour.

    6:25 a.m. CST Tuesday: From the National Weather Service Forecasting Office in Fort Worth, Texas: "It has been quite windy across the region. Here is a map of some of the strongest gusts reported."


    5:21 a.m. CST Tuesday: Very heavy snow falling across much of east-central and northern Missouri. Snowfall rates are 1-2 inches per hour with 4-6 inches on the ground.

    4:17 a.m. CST Tuesday: 6.4 inches of snow have fallen over the last 24 hours in Wichita, Kan. Snow continues to fall.

    2:26 a.m. CST Tuesday: 7 inches of snow reported in Anthony, Kan., with drifts up to 4 feet. Numerous roads are closed and impassable.

    1:56 a.m. CST Tuesday: The 19 inches of snow that fell in Amarillo, Texas, was the snowiest day on record. The old record was 18.1 inches on March 25, 1934.

    1:40 a.m. CST Tuesday: Thundersnow occurring south of Columbus, Mo. Snow falling at 1-2 inches per hour in spots.

    1:30 a.m. CST Tuesday: Steady moderate to heavy snow falling in Kansas City.

    11:30 p.m. CST Monday: Snowfall in Wichita up to 4 inches.

    9:30 p.m. CST Monday: Steady accumulating snow moving into Wichita. Around 1.5" on the ground.

    7:30 p.m. CST Monday: Snowfall in Amarillo, Texas hit 19". Winds gusted to 75 mph at the height of the storm.

    5:30 p.m. CST Monday: A roof collapsed in Woodward, Oklahoma. One person died.

    3:25 p.m. CST Monday: Multiple accidents shut down southbound Interstate 135 in Newton, Kan. Two law enforcement vehicles were involved in the accidents.

    2:46 p.m. CST Monday: A jack-knifed tractor trailer is blocking the east-bound lanes of Highway 96 at the Woodbury Rd. intersection, according to emergency workers.

    2:36 p.m. CST Monday: Tulia, Texas is reporting blowing snow. Up to 15 inches have fallen and drifts of 3-6 feet have been reported.

    2:00 p.m. CST Monday: The following photo was taken by AccuWeather Enterprise Solution Senior Vice President Mike Smith in northeastern Wichita, Kan., where winds have been gusting between 35 and 41 mph:


    1:56 p.m. CST Monday: A snow total of 11.3 inches have been reported in Fritch, Texas with drifts between 18-30 inches in places.

    1:30 p.m. CST Monday: High winds broke windows of Summit Building, located at Marienfield Street and Illinois Avenue in Downtown Midland, Texas.

    12:30 p.m. CST Monday: Photos: Texas, I-40 Blizzard Brings Huge Drifts

    12:00 p.m. CST Monday: An automated weather station reported a 58-mph wind gust near San Angelo, Texas.

    11:30 a.m. CST Monday: High winds are causing power outages in Midland, Texas. From the National Weather Service in Amarillo: "Amarillo Airport just recorded a gust of 65knots/75mph! This is truly a historic blizzard! Once again, we know you may getting stir crazy being stuck inside, but conditions have NOT improved. Please stay inside and do NOT venture out." That is a hurricane-force wind gust.

    10:50 a.m. CST Monday: Eleven inches of snow reported near Amarillo, Texas, and Beaver, Okla. Beaver has near zero visibility and snow drifts of 5 to 6 feet.

    10:00 a.m. CST Monday: Some snow totals out of Oklahoma: 10 inches in Moreland, 9 inches in Alva, 8 inches in Laverne. Fourteen inches of snow fell in Lipscomb County, Texas, and snow continues to fall.

    9:30 a.m. CST Monday: According to law enforcement, visibility is down to 100 feet in Meade, Kan., in the southern part of the state, with heavy blowing and drifting snow.

    9:20 a.m. CST Monday: Raw Video: Blizzard Blasting Snow, Visibility Low

    9:00 a.m. CST Monday: This is a map of road closures in the Amarillo, Texas, area on Monday morning. The highways are closed due to blizzard conditions: blowing snow and low visibility.


    8:40 a.m. CST Monday: Five inches of snow were reported in Shattuck, Okla. and there were widespread reports of three and a half to five inches of snow in southern Kansas. There were ten inches of snow reported in Morse, Texas, with snow drifting as deep as three feet. Twelve inches of snow have fallen in Dumas, Texas with snow drifts up to five feet. Eight inches of snow have fallen in Cayon and Spearman, Texas. Here's a webcam image from Lubbock, Texas, on IH-27 at New Deal.


    8:10 a.m. CST Monday: Closing the airports at Amarillo and Lubbock has pushed those airports to the top of the delay list at FlightAware.com.


    7:30 a.m. CST Monday: Amarillo, Texas, is getting wind damage from winds gusting to over 50 mph.

    "The winds are tremendous out there," AccuWeather Meteorologist Henry Margusity said. "These are winds you'd normally see in a tropical storm."

    7:10 a.m. CST Monday: From the National Weather Service in Albuquerque: "Interstate 40 is closed from the east side of Albuquerque ALL THE WAY to the TX/OK line, or 390 miles!"

    6:55 a.m. CST Monday: As of 6 a.m. CST, the estimated snow depth at Clovis, N.M., is 9 inches. Eleven inches of snow have fallen near Amarillo, Texas, with drifts of snow up to two feet. More significant blowing and drifting is expected, making for difficult travel conditions.

    6:35 a.m. CST Monday: A series of storms over the past few weeks have brought a lot of precipitation to the drought-stricken southern Plains. This storm is going to "very quickly get the Southern Plains to normal precip," AccuWeather Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler said, which is important for the winter wheat crop. However, the area will need good rain for a few years to completely recover from the drought.

    6:10 a.m. CST Monday: I-27 is closed in both directions from Amarillo to Lubbock, according to the National Weather Service in Amarillo. KCBD-TV in Lubbock reported that the Lubbock Preston International airport has also been shut down.

    4:55 a.m. CST Monday: There is 5 inches of snow on the ground in Amarillo, TX as of 4:45AM CDT. Heavy snow and strong winds continue.

    4:45 a.m. CST Monday: Heavy snow building southward now into places such as Plainview and Lubbock. Road conditions quickly becoming treacherous. Here's a look at the latest snowmap:


    4:00 a.m. CST Monday: Heavy snow now starting to make its way into western Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas.

    4:00 a.m. CST Monday: Winds are gusting 50-60 mph in spots across the Texas Panhandle as snow at falls 2-3 inches per hour.

    3:20 a.m. CST Monday: Many roads closed or impassible across the Texas Panhandle as heavy snow, thunder and strong winds grip the region.

    2:40 a.m. CST Monday: Heavy snow with winds gusting to 38 mph in Amarillo, Texas. Road cameras show very low visibility.


    12:50 a.m. CST Monday: Moderate snow with lightning reported in both Amarilo and Pampa in Texas.

    12:40 a.m. CST Monday: Wind gust to 69 mph just west of Lawton, OK according to MESONET.

    12:30 a.m. CST Monday: Thundersnow reports coming out of the Texas Panhandle.

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