Lubbock Winter Storm Brings Closures, Delays, and Power Outages
An Ice Storm Warning has been canceled, but a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Lubbock and the South Plains until 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 28. Residents can expect light freezing drizzle throughout the day and temperatures in the 30s.
For the 2nd day in a row, the Lubbock Police Department has closed a number of roads and flyovers on Loop 289 and the Marsha Sharp Freeway:
- Marsha Sharp Freeway flyover westbound to West Loop 289
- (Reopened at 6 a.m.) Marsha Sharp Freeway eastbound main lanes at West Loop 289
- West Loop 289 flyover to Marsha Sharp Freeway eastbound
- Marsha Sharp Freeway to 19th Street flyover both directions
- 4th Street eastbound to Marsha Sharp Freeway flyover
- South Loop 289 to I-27 flyover
- Broadway from Avenue E to Avenue A
Due to dangerous road conditions, both Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD have cancelled students' classes for Wednesday, Oct. 28, but Lubbock-Cooper ISD is only reporting a 2-hour delay. Texas Tech University is also delaying classes until 10 a.m. The ice and snow have more than just cancelled school.
Overnight, freezing temperatures also led to thousands of power outages across Lubbock and the South Plains. At 8:30 a.m., Xcel Energy reported that the cities of Crosbyton, Earth, Olton, Ralls, Silverton, and Springlake were without power. Xcel says additional work crews are being called in from New Mexico to help with power restoration.
More than 3000 LP&L customers in Lubbock were also dealing with a loss of power overnight. As of 9:30 a.m., that number had been reduced to just over 1000 customers. The LPD reported that power outages were also affecting the traffic signals at several intersections, including the one at 69th and Slide Road and 19th Street and Boston Avenue.