Snow closes major West Texas highways

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Snow from a winter storm has closed major highways in remote stretches of West Texas.

In the El Paso area, the National Weather Service reported up to 3 inches of snow by nightfall Thursday. Interstate 10 was closed from about 40 miles southeast of El Paso to Van Horn, as was U.S. 62/180 from El Paso's eastern outskirts to the New Mexico border.

The heavily traveled Transmountain Highway through the Franklin Mountains that links El Paso's north side with its western suburbs also was closed by snow. The Texas Department of Transportation reports most roads from the Big Bend to the Permian Basin and Concho Valley are covered by snow and ice.

West Texas west of San Angelo and south of the Midland-Odessa area was under a winter storm warning throughout Thursday. Up to eight inches of snow, with isolated amounts approaching 10 inches, were expected across West Texas as the storm moved across the region. About 4 to 6 inches was expected between El Paso and the Pecos River and in the Permian Basin. The National Weather Service predicts 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Permian Basin, 1 to 3 inches from the Edward's Plateau to the rolling plains, and up to a half-inch of snow in North Texas by Friday afternoon.

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