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3/28/03

Winter Blast Hits the South Plains

After just one week, spring has been bounced by winter. Balmy temperatures have been shoved south by bone chilling air from the north. And the Arctic blast is here to stay, at least through the weekend.

The blizzard of 2003 hit fast and furious. Well ok, it wasn't exactly a blizzard, but it was more snow than we had all winter. And it was a pleasant surprise for many in Lubbock. Families awoke to snow covered lawns, the perfect kind of sticky snow for snowmen. Even if their frosty creations weren't all that impressive, they were impressive just the same because it was close to 80 degrees just the day before.

The heavy wet snow moved into Lubbock around 11p.m. Thursday night. Just before 1 a.m. Friday morning, the snow knocked out an LP&L power line at 74th and University. Customers in that area were without power for only 20 minutes. Most slept right through it, and perhaps woke up late to flashing alarm clock radios.

There was reportedly only this accident related to the weather. No injuries were reported.

By daybreak, the snow had blanketed most of the city and gave some residents one additional chore before heading in to work scraping the snow off their windshields.

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