The National Weather Service in Amarillo, TX has just issued a Winter Weather Advisory, as seen in blue on the map above, until 1 PM on Thursday for the western half of the Texas Panhandle. This advisory does include Amarillo. The potential for heavier snow amounts then earlier anticipated has required an advisory be issued. Snow accumulations in the advisory area will likely average 1 to 2 inches, with a few folks seeing up to 3 niches. Due to the warm ground temperatures, long term impacts should be negligible and snow will likely melt fairly quickly after it stops falling. However, heavier bursts of snow will likely cause some travel issues, so please use caution. Here’s the advisory text from the NWS Amarillo.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX 846 PM CDT WED OCT 26 2011 TXZ002-007-008-012-013-017-018-271000- /O.EXA.KAMA.WW.Y.0005.000000T0000Z-111027T1800Z/ SHERMAN-MOORE-HUTCHINSON-POTTER-CARSON-RANDALL-ARMSTRONG- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...STRATFORD...DUMAS...BORGER...AMARILLO... PANHANDLE...WHITE DEER...CANYON...CLAUDE 846 PM CDT WED OCT 26 2011 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THURSDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THURSDAY. * EVENT: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING ACROSS THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS PANHANDLE. ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS AROUND 3 INCHES MAY BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS PANHANDLE. * TIMING: RAIN AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE WESTERN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES THIS EVENING...AND THEN MIX WITH AND TURN OVER TO SNOW TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL END BETWEEN 7 AM AND 1 PM CDT THURSDAY FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA. * IMPACTS: SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND TEMPERATURES NEAR OR JUST BELOW FREEZING MAY CAUSE SLICK AND SLIPPERY ROADS TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.