Icy Roads Lead to At Least Four Fatal Crashes in Texas
Snow in the panhandle of Texas in mid-November is rare, and the unusually early season blast of wintry weather may have contributed to at least four fatal car crashes in the Lubbock, Texas area on Sunday. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, at least four fatal crashes took place on Sunday in and near the city of 240,000 in the southern portion of the Texas panhandle. All of the crashes are believed to be weather-related after a combination of snow and sleet slicked area roadways, leaving around an inch of total snowfall in Lubbock. According to the Avalanche-Journal, three of the accidents took place on I-27 (which connects Amarillo and Lubbock) and another of the accidents occurred on Highway 84 near Slaton. At least 53 accidents were reported inside city limits between 6 AM and mid-afternoon on Sunday, forcing the Lubbock Police Department to ask residents, via Twitter, to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. Lubbock Public Schools are on a two-hour delay for Monday classes due to the wintry weather in the area. Temperatures on Saturday in the region approached 70 degrees, but a strong cold front moved through overnight, quickly cooling the mercury down into the teens and 20s in the Texas panhandle. Conditions were quickly improving on Sunday evening as the snow moved away from Texas after dropping up to 3″ in parts of the panhandle, and the forecast calls for gradually warming conditions through the week with little or no precipitation expected. This is an unfortunate but stark reminder to drive slowly and carefully in wintry conditions.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi