Denver's Disruptive Snow Reaches Texas
By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
October 28, 2011, 9:42:12 AM EDT
Residents of the Texas Panhandle and neighboring New Mexico have woken up this morning to the same travel-disrupting snow Denver experienced on Wednesday.
The snow overspread the Interstate 40 corridor from the Texas Panhandle to eastern New Mexico Wednesday night and continued falling through early Thursday afternoon.
Snow totals within this zone, which includes Amarillo, Texas, and Tucumcari, N.M., have generally ranged between 1 and 3 inches. However, parts of the Amarillo area have picked up as much as 5 inches.
Similar to what occurred in Denver, most of the snow has been confined to grassy and elevated surfaces. Motorists, however, should still use caution.
Parts of Interstate 40 and other roads, especially bridges and overpasses, may be slick.
Conditions will improve this afternoon with the snow ending and sunshine even returning.
As skies continue to clear overnight, a widespread freeze will grip the entire Texas Panhandle, northeastern New Mexico and the rest of the High Plains to the north.
The winter wonderland will not make any more progress across the southern Plains today. Instead, the region will welcome rain.
The rain will continue to push from western Texas and Oklahoma into the Arklatex through tonight, passing over Oklahoma City and Dallas in the process.
Rain totals across this zone will generally remain under an inch, but most places will pick up at least a quarter of an inch.
While that amount will definitely not bring an end to the region's prolonged drought, any measurable rain is a welcome sight.
Central and South Texas will not benefit as much as places to the north. Only spottier showers and thunderstorms will dot the region.
The one thing all of the southern Plains will experience over the next 24 hours is a dramatic drop in temperatures.
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