Warming Centers Open for Stranded Motorists in Texas Panhandle
Road closures on the South Plains and Texas Panhandle caused by winter storm Rocky have hundreds of motorists stranded.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are strongly advising no travel today in the region.
Blowing and drifting snow, along with wind gusts of up to 60 mph, has reduced visibility to near zero on area roadways, and snow drifts are forming over the driving and passing lanes.
DPS and TxDOT have closed Interstate 40 from New Mexico to Oklahoma, Interstate 27 from Amarillo to Lubbock, U.S. Highway 54 from New Mexico to Oklahoma, U.S. 87/287 from Amarillo to the Oklahoma state line, and U.S. 287 from Amarillo to Clarendon.
The Texas National Guard is being deployed to the area to assist stranded motorists. TxDOT crews are out plowing areas in cities and towns where visibility is better, but rural and out-lying operations have been suspended until visibility improves.
Warming centers have opened up in the Texas Panhandle to help motorists stranded from the blizzard over New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Motorists stranded on the Interstate 27 corridor due to the highway closure have a place to stay and keep warm during the storm.
KFYO's Rob Snyder has a list of road closures here.
Warming shelters open along the I-27 corridor:
Abernathy – City Hall
Happy – First United Methodist Church of Happy
Plainview – Salvation Army
Tulia – Calvary Baptist Church
Contact KFYO by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are other shelters open on the South Plains and Texas Panhandle that you want us to put on air.