Winter storm brings tricky travel, power outages to the south plains

Published: Nov. 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for all of the south plains through Saturday morning.

Many Friday high temperatures occurred early Friday morning and the temperatures will drop through the day. By early afternoon, all of the south plains – and adjacent rolling plains - will be below freezing.

As shower move over this very cold air-mass, a significant winter weather event will materialize over the KCBD Viewing Area. Widespread *ice* accumulations on the order of .25" to .50" are likely. However, isolated totals of greater than .75" are possible between Friday morning and Saturday morning.

This amount of ice will snap tree limbs and could compromise power-lines, especially as winds continue to gust over 20 MPH. In addition, light sleet and snow may accumulate up to 1" on top of ice across the southwest Texas Panhandle.

Power outages related to this winter storm have already been reported across the northwestern south plains. Widespread power outages will remain possible as ice continues to accumulate on trees and power lines.

Travel has become hazardous in many areas and may become impossible in at localized spots. Road closures are possible by Saturday morning, especially across the northwestern south plains. If you have travel plans – in the sky or on the ground – expect delays.

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