West Texas and eastern New Mexico have been warned to expect up to 8 inches of snow Thursday and Friday, which could cause disruption for those traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in place for a number of Texas counties, with harsh wintry conditions expected to continue into Saturday.
On its website, the Weather Prediction Center, operated by the Federal National Weather Service (NWS), says, “Moderate to heavy snowfall will hit parts of eastern New Mexico and western Texas tonight as cold air flows into the area at the back of the… Upper flows low and brought heavy rains to the lower Mississippi Valley.
“Parts of the above area are likely to have anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow tonight through Friday. Snowfall and gusty winds can create hazardous travel conditions. Winter storm warnings and high wind warnings are in effect for parts of eastern New Mexico and western Texas.”
A NWS blizzard warning is in effect for Guadalupe County and the Delaware Mountains of Texas through 12:00 p.m. CST Saturday.
During the same period, a winter storm warning is in effect for the Davis Mountains, Davis Mountains foothills, Andrews County, eastern Culberson County, Gaines County, and the Guadalupe Mountains above 7000 feet.
A winter storm warning was in effect for counties Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Hockley, Lamb, Parmer, Terry and Yoakum through noon on Saturday.
Interstates 10, 20, and 40 are expected to experience disruption and slippery driving conditions, according to AccuWeather.
A number of meteorologists took to Twitter to urge the public to be vigilant.
Ricky Cody, from Spectrum News 1 Texastweeted: “Possible significant snow for the Texas Panhandle this weekend. Traveling on I-27 and I-40 could be dangerous when people return home from vacations.”
For Southeast Texas Patrick Vaughn, Chief Meteorologist, Local Network KMB 12said, “SE Texas is under marginal risk for severe weather Thursday with a 5% chance of wind damage and a 2% risk of an isolated tornado.”
Speak with news week, Joe Lundberg, chief weather forecaster at AccuWeather, said the expected amount of snowfall was “unusual” by Texas standards.
He added: “They get these storms, but they don’t get them often.
“It may take a few days for everything to be completely cleared.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was mocked by Twitter users, with one writing: “Big snowstorm to hit Texas. Are you packed?”
This appears to indicate that Cruz drove to Cancun, Mexico, on a family trip during a February 2021 storm that left millions without power. Cruz later admitted that this was a “mistake.”
In the United States, around 55 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday.