LUBBOCK, Texas —
“We have been super dry,” Brown said. “This is just a good old fashioned blizzard. We were overdue for one.”
In Lubbock early Monday winds whipped fallen snow off roof tops and the ground, adding to visibility woes. Streets were snow-packed and icy.
In Oklahoma, forecasters said up to 16 inches of snow could accumulate in some areas, with wind gusts reaching up to 55 mph. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed all highways in the state’s Panhandle, citing slick roads and limited visibility. Trooper Betsy Randolph said the patrol advised its non-essential personnel to stay home until Wednesday.
About a dozen flights were canceled at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The Chicago Department of Aviation reported normal operations at Midway and O’Hare — the bellwether air hub of the Midwest.
Blowing snow took Donna Lloyd by surprise in Guymon in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
“The wind is not usually like this,” said Lloyd, who manages a Wes-T-Go convenience store. “Our front door keeps freezing shut.”
Kerri Lewis, a convenience store manager in nearby Woodward, said she expected to be snowed in, especially as most of the roads out of town were already closed.
“You can’t hardly see across the street,” Lewis said. “I’m pretty much stuck.”
Announcing a snow emergency in Woodward County, Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said almost two feet of snow was forecast for the area.
“Conditions are just treacherous right now,” he said. “It’s even dangerous for road-clearing crews to be out.”
Several motorists had reported being stranded, but so far there hadn’t been serious accidents, he added.
In Wichita, Kan., officials said they had barely recovered from last week’s storm that dumped up to 18 inches of snow.
Joe Pajor, deputy director of public works in Wichita, told The Wichita Eagle that sand and salt supplies were low and that the city’s strategy might just be to plow snow into the center of arterial streets and cut traffic to one lane in each direction. He said the city wouldn’t begin to use its limited sand and salt supply until the snow stopped falling and plowing was under way.