AMARILLO (February 25, 2013)—The snowfall in the Texas Panhandle was reaching record levels Monday as wind gusts appeared to be strengthening in the region.
Roads were impassable and airports were closed Monday as blizzard conditions drove people inside.
Gov. Rick Perry said state personnel and equipment were being mobilized to assist stranded motorists.
The National Weather Service said wind gusts ranged from 50 to 60 miles per hour mph, but hurricane-force gusts of 75 miles per hour were recorded at the Amarillo airport.
The NWS says Amarillo could set a record for daily snowfall.
Snowfall totals late Monday afternoon ranged from 17 inches in Amarillo to 15 inches in Pampa to 11.3 inches in Canyon.
The daily record in Amarillo is 18.1 inches set on March 25, 1934.
The weather service says the storm will provide temporary relief from drought conditions, but is not a long-term remedy.