Freezing Rain and Snow Creating Hazardous Travel Conditions and Power Outages
The second round of this week's winter weather hit Lubbock and the South Plains Friday (Jan. 2) afternoon. Heavy freezing rainfall totals were recorded east of Lubbock, including 1 inch in Spur and 0.9 of an inch in Guthrie.
The KFYO Studios received 0.1 of an inch of rain before 5 p.m. Friday.
Ice accumulation on tree limbs and power lines created scattered power outages starting at 3 p.m. As of 4:30 p.m., 10 outages were reported by Lubbock Power and Light. Xcel Energy reported over 140 outages in Post, over 50 outages in Seagraves and Wellman and less than 10 outages in Tahoka.
Additional ice is expected to accumulate on area streets, trees and power lines Friday evening. Most of the South Plains could receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of snowfall Friday night into Saturday morning.
Authorities are discouraging travel across the South Plains, Permian Basin and Big Country regions due to the ongoing precipitation and icy conditions.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
The KFYO News Team and meteorologist Ron Roberts will have the latest weather updates on-air Friday night and all day Saturday on KFYO and 98.1 KOOL FM.