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UPDATED: Record snowfall in Amarillo

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The blizzard that hammered the nation’s midsection broke a 120-year-old record in Amarillo for one-day snowfall in February with 19.1 inches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Krissy Scotten in Amarillo says the snowfall total Monday bested a record set Feb. 16, 1893, when 19 inches fell.

She says the city’s snowfall was the second-most in a 24-hour period, just behind the 19.3 inches that fell March 25, 1934. The storm that moved across the Texas Panhandle also was the third all-time snow event. The most snow in one event was 20.6 inches that fell March 25 and 26, 1934.

Scotten says Amarillo normally receives 17.8 inches of snow for the winter.

Roadways across the region remained icy and snow-packed early today. Warming temperatures throughout the day are expected to improve conditions.


5:51am — Some roads still closed in Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Lingering winter weather in the Texas Panhandle has left some roads and schools closed a day after a blizzard dumped 17 inches of snow in the Amarillo area.

The Texas Department of Transportation says part of Interstate 40 east of Amarillo and near the border with Oklahoma remained closed today. Stretches of Highway 87 in the Dalhart and Dumas areas were also closed.

State officials say improving weather should mean reopening the roadways by early this afternoon. Temperatures in the Amarillo area are expected to reach the mid-30s.

City offices in Amarillo were closed today. A spokesman says Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport isn’t operating flights until runways could be cleared by likely midday today.

The Amarillo Independent School District canceled classes today.



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