El Paso Has Tied Chicago's Seasonal Snow So Far

December 23, 2011; 8:52 AM ET
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Parts of western and central Texas will have an opportunity to capture a similar picture through Christmas Eve. Photo submitted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AccuWeather">AccuWeather.com Facebook fan</a> Larry M. of snow in Franklin, Pa., on Dec. 18, 2011.

Snow flying across west Texas will swing eastward today and add to the festive holiday spirit across more of the Lone Star State on Christmas Eve.

While yardsticks will not be needed to measure the snow as was the case when the storm slammed Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, El Paso is expected to receive 1-3 inches through Christmas Eve.

El Paso received an inch of snow from the storm through noon Friday. This means that El Paso and Chicago are tied for seasonal snowfall so far with a total of 1.7 inches!

That amount of snow is creating a welcome scene for the holiday, but is causing headaches for travelers. Early Friday, snow closed major roads in southern New Mexico, including portions of Highway 180, Highway 152, I-10 and I-25.

Interestingly, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Miller pointed out that more than an inch of snow from this storm would put El Paso ahead of Chicago in terms of snowfall totals so far this winter.

The snow will also accumulate 1-3 inches and create disruptions to travelers as it heads eastward toward Midland and Odessa, Texas, early this morning.

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On Christmas Eve, the snow will reach central Texas as another round of welcome rain develops across southern and eastern parts of the drought-stricken state.

Children and those young at heart should not get excited about the prospect of making towering snowmen across central Texas. The snow will struggle to leave even a quick coating in most places.

Although, just the sight of snowflakes on Christmas Eve will likely thrill most residents. Snow is typically not a possibility this time of year in central Texas as temperatures warm into the 50s.

Mother Nature may continue to put a smile on faces in the southern Plains on Christmas Day. Snowflakes making an appearance on Sunday morning cannot be ruled out from Abilene, Texas, to Lawton, Okla.


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