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Snow still blowing in Panhandle; blizzard warning continues

The snow has stopped falling in the Panhandle. But the wind is still blowing and roads are treacherous.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 20, 2011 at 10:18 am •  Published: December 20, 2011

Snow has mostly stopped falling in the Oklahoma Panhandle, but blowing snow from drifts and frigid temperatures continue to be hazardous, the National Weather Service reports.

Many roads in Cimarron and Texas counties remain closed, reports Lt. Mary Anne Burdo, Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher in Guymon.

“At times it's hard to tell if it is still snowing or just blowing,” Burdo said Tuesday morning.

Near Kenton, in Cimarron County, nearly 15 inches of snow was reported by the National Weather Service. Burdo said the Panhandle just might have snow still on the ground on Christmas Day.

“As long as it lasts and it doesn't come again that will be OK,” Burdo said.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to salt, sand and clear roads in northwest Oklahoma. All highways are closed in Cimarron County except U.S. 56 and U.S. 64 east from Boise City.

U.S. 64 remains closed westbound from Guymon in Texas County due to white-out conditions. All roads in the Panhandle are considered slick and hazardous.

Harper, Ellis and Woodward counties are reporting slick roads with one to two inches of snow accumulation.

The Tuesday forecast for Boise City calls for areas of blowing snow and scattered snow showers before noon. The high temperature in the Panhandle will be near 30 with wind chill values between minus 3 and 7 degrees. Winds could gust up to 35 mph. There is a 30 percent chance for more snow.

Taking Shelter

Stranded travelers spent the night in churches and in the basement of the courthouse, Cimarron County sheriff's dispatcher Sharon Bade said.

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