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Panhandle Blizzard, Complete with Hurricane-Force Winds

25 Feb 2013, 2:53 pm

A dangerous winter storm continues to spin in the Southern and Central Plains this afternoon, complete with heavy snowfall and gusty winds. Here’s a quick look at the storm’s impacts on the region as of Monday afternoon:

Reports are coming in of wind gusts upwards of 70 miles per hour, with a couple of them clocking in at Category 1 Hurricane strength!

Here are the highest wind gusts since midnight Monday:

For a little perspective, here’s what wind speeds need to reach to gain hurricane status:

Courtesy NOAA

Heavy snow also accompanies these gusty winds, with totals nearing two feet in some locations. Here are a few recent totals from the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles:

As a result, visibilities are dangerously low in this region, and travel is not advised throughout the duration of the storm. Check out this video of the whiteout blizzard conditions from the National Weather Service in Amarillo, TX!

As this area of low pressure continues to pull north and eastward, snow totals will begin to lighten. Our swath of 12-16″+ totals remains in the Plains, while the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region look to pick up between 4 and 6 inches by mid-week.

If you’re in the path of this storm, it might be wise to stock up on food and supplies before it hits. Folks in Wichita, KS were prepared, and store shelves emptied quickly as many people anticipated being snowed in.

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Happy Monday! -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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