Ski Amarillo

MSNBC reports on yet another major winter storm system sweeping across the midsection of the United States. This one has caused deaths and injuries, spread ice and snow and generally made life miserable from Texas to Indiana. Two inches of snow fell in Amarillo, Texas.

LUBBOCK, Texas – The nation's midsection saws more bad weather Thursday, this time a deadly storm that iced over parts of the Southern Plains as it moved northeast to cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Those cities could see several inches of snow, while Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh could see similar amounts by Thursday night. The storm front is expected to turn to rain by the time it hits the Northeast seaboard on Friday.

In the Texas Panhandle, a snowstorm left three people dead and caused a 40-vehicle pileup that shut down an interstate for several hours.

One person was killed and at least two were injured in the pileup caused by blowing snow that limited visibility and slick, icy spots that made Interstate 40 treacherous, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Wayne Beighle said.

A fire truck rolled over while approaching the accident scene, and a firefighter suffered minor injuries. Two other people were killed, a pedestrian north of Amarillo and another person in Castro County southeast of Amarillo, officials said.

The system was moving eastward, bringing rain to the Southeast and up to a foot of snow to areas in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

In Texas, Amarillo received more than 2 inches of snow.

Authorities advise extreme caution. Frankly, the best advice in weather like this is to stay home if at all possible. If you have to travel, slow down. A lot. While you may be able to get your vehicle up to a high speed in these conditions, your ability to stop and steer is severely limited. Which, unfortunately, too many people realize too late.

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3 Responses to Ski Amarillo

  1. NortonPete says:

    I drove across the country in I believe 1977 or 1978 and the Mississippi had frozen so far south that the midwest was out of salt for the roads.
    It was during a time that people believed another ice age was upon us.
    Funny how weather cycles repeat.

  2. Gaius says:

    It was sometime in that time frame when Lake Ontario froze over completely and it got really, really cold in Upstate New York without the big moderator functioning. In 1976-1977, I think it was, Buffalo, New York got pounded by storm after storm. I girl I knew from there lost her car until spring came and it turned up next to her parent’s garage when the snow melted. (She’d reported it stolen. It was a rough night for her in more ways than one that night she lost it.)

  3. feeblemind says:

    I remember the winters of 77-78 and 78-79 as being particularly bad. Lots of snow and weeks of cold weather. In March 1979 I remember hearing that the average temp for January that year had been 14 degrees. The average temp for Feb was 15 degrees.

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