Winter storm brings heavy snow, icy roads to West Texas

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by Angela Kocherga / KENS 5 Border Bureau

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Posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

EL PASO, Tx --Much of West Texas is covered in snow and remains under a winter storm warning as  blowing snow and icy roads made driving hazardous.

The winter storm blanketed the region from El Paso to Marfa and Midland with the National Weather Service predicting some mountainous areas could get as much as 8 inches of snow.

“It’s awesome,” said Zach Velasquez who was building his first snowman in El Paso with his brother Oscar and their grandmother.

“I’m trying to give them a little piece of this, which is very nice. But driving? I won’t drive," said Rose Velasquez as she helped her grandson's gather snow.

El Paso expected to see 4 inches of snow, and the freezing temperatures kept emergency crews busy sanding roads.

“I need to get up there,” said Carlos Licon pointing to an apartment building perched on a hill. As Licon, a house painter, was trying to drive up hill to work, Fort Bliss and the University of Texas in El Paso shut down.

TxDOT closed bridges from I-10 to U.S. 54 near El Paso because of ice on the roads.

But the worst was expected overnight, and motorists were bracing for black ice as temperatures dipped below freezing.

Teresa Provencio, a morning radio show DJ worried about “crazy drivers” and her commute to work at  4:30 a.m. when it was still dark.

People going too fast, not being careful, that’s my biggest fear and icy roads of course in the morning going to work," she said.

 

 

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