Lets start out by taking a look at some of the photos coming in on Twitter this evening out of the Panhandle!
— Texas Storm Chasers (@TxStormChasers) January 22, 2015
— Trevor Leeper (@trevorleeper) January 22, 2015
— John Greene (@BrewLawDawg) January 22, 2015
— Brandon Whittington (@brandowoody) January 22, 2015
— Brian James (@BrianJamesNBC5) January 22, 2015
A significant winter storm is now underway across the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. The rain/snow line is approaching the city of Lubbock where we’ve just heard of several reports of snow in the city. Surface temperatures will initially remain above freezing it won’t take long for the wet snow to start accumulating on grassy and elevated surfaces. Where heavier snow bands set up tonight they could produce one to two inches of snow per hour. We’ve seen one of these bands just north of Amarillo and its possible it could shift south into the city and Interstate 40. Roads in the Panhandle and northern South Plains are snow-packed and slick with travel strongly discouraged tonight through the morning hours on Thursday. Snow will begin to taper off near sunrise in the Panhandle and South Plains with light snow remaining possible through the morning hours. The heavier snow will move east into West-Central Texas as indicated by the High Resolution Rapid Refresh. Here are several images depicting the HRRR’s timing on tonight’s winter weather. The times are in the top-right part of the graphics in EST (so subtract an hour to get CST).
Jenny will have a separate article out at 9:30 PM detailing the rainy side of this system impacting other portions of Texas.
A Winter Storm Warning for Heavy Snow is in effect tonight through Thursday evening for most of the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Trans-Pecos and Davis Mountains including Dalhart, Dumas, Borger, Perryton, Pampa, Amarillo, Hereford, Dimitt, Plainview, Lubbock, Littlefield, Morton, Post, Seminole, Midland, Odessa, Pecos, Van Horn, Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Marfa, and Alpine. Snow accumulations will vary depending on the location but the western Texas Panhandle could see up to a foot of snow.
A Winter Weather Advisory for Snow in portions of the Permian Basin, West-Central Texas, Northwest Texas, and the eastern Texas Panhandle including Shamrock, Clarendon, Childress, Matador, Guthrie, Vernon, Crowell, Quanah, Wichita Falls, Aspermont, Snyder, Sweetwater, Big Spring, and Big Lake. In addition extreme West Texas including El Paso are also included. Snow accumulations will vary on location but amounts and impacts are expected to be less than the Winter Storm Warning.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for a portion of the Concho Valley including Abilene and San Angelo. This will likely be converted to a Winter Weather Advisory later tonight for the chance of light snow accumulations with some travel impacts on elevated surfaces.
A Rain/Snow mix is possible northwest and west of the D/FW Metroplex tonight and THursday morning where minor snow accumulation on grassy surfaces will be possible. Surface temperatures will remain above freezing and travel impacts are not expected in this area. There is a light chance for snow Thursday Night across much of North Texas including the D/FW Metroplex where we may see a dusting to half an inch of snow accumulate on grassy surfaces. No travel impacts are expected at this time. One caveat is if we see a band of heavier snow develop and move over an area for an extended period of time.