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BREAKING NEWS: Winter Weather Closings/Information

February 8, 2011

Courtesy Photo/ The Oklahoma Panhandle is currently experiencing blizzard and white-out conditions.

Updated: 8:15 p.m. -T.Ruiz

TEXAS COUNTY, Okla. -- Old Man Winter is back and with it comes a fierce path of ice and snow paralyzing the community.

The following schools have announced early dismissal for Tues., Feb. 8 or Wed. closures:

GUYMON: 1:00 dismissal, Classes canceled Wednesday.

NORTHRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:  1:00 dismissal

GOODWELL: 12:00 dismissal, Classes canceled Wednesday.

TEXHOMA: 12:00 dismissal, classes canceled Wednesday.

HOOOKER: 11:15 dismissal, classes canceled Wednesday.

HARDESTY: 12:00 dismissal, classes canceled Wednesday.

OPSU: Closing at 1:00, classes canceled Wednesday.

TYRONE: 12:30 dismissal (Basketball games also canceled), classes canceled Wednesday.

YARBROUGH: Classes canceled Wednesday. (Basketball games also canceled)

The following community events have announced schedule changes:

GUYMON COMMUNITY THEATER: Tuesday's play practice canceled.

LADIES NIGHT, DOWNTOWN GUYMON: Canceled

GUYMON CLOVERBUDS: Canceled

TEXAS CO. YMCA: No after school child care.

GOODWELL BOOSTER CLUB:  Meeting tonight has been canceled and rescheduled for Sun., Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.

 

TEXAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND ANNEX: Closed Wednesday.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Amarillo, Texas, estimate snow accumulations from three to five inches with drifts being dramatically higher. Wind gusts can also be in excess of 25 mph. 

Guymon Police is reporting visibility is down to 50 yards in some locations. Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting extremely poor conditions. 

Any unnecessary travel is being discouraged by local emergency officials due to near white-out conditions. Additionally, authorities say packed snow is causing roadways to be extremely slick and dangerous. . 

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly and the wind will cause deadly wind chills through the night down to 25 BELOW ZERO. KVII ProNews 7 reported the 3:00 temperature as three degrees with a wind chill value of -21.

Citizens who know of any elderly or sick who may be affected more severely than most are encouraged to check on them regularly during this weather with the dangerous cold temps.

Texas County Emergency Management along with the American Red Cross are currently making plans for a community shelter. 

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