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Texas Road Closures, Lingering Snow, Blustery in the Northeast

4 Jan 2013, 1:32 pm

Southwest Snow Storm

El Paso Snow

Photo By: Bianca Cervantes via KTSM

A system moving along the international border brought areas of accumulating snow to Texas, New Mexico, and even down to Mexico.

Snow has basically ended this morning but many issues remain on roadways as people cautiously return to work and school this morning.

Major road closures in West Texas are in effect for the first part of the day today.  There are reports of numerous accidents with one of those involving a police officer on his way to assist another vehicle.  Experts say, though, that it could have been worse if so many people hadn’t still been on the holiday break.  Purple lines indicate closed roads.  This includes east and westbound Highway 62 and both directions on Interestate 10 for a stretch that is almost 200 miles long.

From Texas DOT:

– The roadway is closed due to deep drifting snow.
– The roadway is closed due to extremely icy conditions.
– ALL main lanes closed.ROAD WILL BE CLOSED ALL NIGHT DUE TO EXTREME SNOW STORM

Check out http://www.drivetexas.org for the latest details.

Snow totals from around the area:

Even though the snow has ended, it is still very cold and windy, especially today.  High of only 36 this afternoon puts El Paso about 23 degrees below their average high.  A nice warm up is in store for the rest of the weekend.  Snow in El Paso isn’t that out of the ordinary.  About half of the average yearly snowfall (4.8″) occurs in the month of December. With this storm, El Paso picked up over half of that yearly average.

Northeast Wind and Snow

An area of low pressure is situated over Hudson Bay and so winds are coming in from the west across the Great Lakes on the south side of that system.  Snow showers expected along the Great Lakes as well as very windy conditions.  Here some of the totals from this morning in New York:

A couple more inches still expected to fall this through this afternoon.  Sustained winds have already been reported to be up to 30 mph in Buffalo.

The NWS has issued a Wind Advisory in the tan shaded area where gusts could be as high as 50 mph.  Gusts of this magnitude could cause drifting and even downed power lines.

National Outlook

The rest of the nation is enjoying fairly quiet and mild weather weather, especially across the upper Midwest.  These next few weeks typically feature the coldest weather of the year entire year for the upper Midwest.  Nothing like that insight for the weekend or even the week ahead but the week after next maybe a completely different story.  Models hinting at the return of instantly bone chilling arctic air.

Friday’s Forecast

Have a great day!

Gretchen Mishek

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