Panhandle Highways Reopen After Paralyzing Storm

AMARILLO (February 26, 2013)--Some roadways in the Texas Panhandle were reopened Tuesday as sunny conditions began to thaw ice and snow-packed surfaces left slick by a massive blizzard that blanketed the region.

Interstate 27 reopened Tuesday between snow-hammered Amarillo and Lubbock, about 120 miles to the south.

National Guard units worked to clear Interstate 40 from the Oklahoma border to the New Mexico state line.

The highway reopened Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. 287 has reopened in both directions, as have U.S. 385, U.S. 60 and U.S. 54.

Stretches of U.S. 87 in the Dalhart and Dumas areas were still being cleared and portions of U.S. 83 remain closed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says state troopers, area sheriff's offices and National Guard members rescued 32 stranded motorists from their vehicles Monday.

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