UPDATE 9:30 p.m.- Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy, says the company still has around 500 customers in and around Amarillo without power. Personnel has been brought in from Levelland, Lubbock, Plainview, Hereford and Seminole, all working 16-hour shifts. Some of these men will be working all night.
UPDATE 7:55: Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy says they had hoped to have most customers power restored by eight Friday night, but at this hour 1,000 customers in the Amarillo area are still without power. They now hope to have power restored to everyone by Saturday evening. Reeves added help has been brought in from the power company's communities on the South Plains and crews will be working throughout the night to get power restored.
UPDATE 5:00: Amarillo police say they've worked 36 wrecks since six Friday morning. Seargent Brent Barbee said there have been no reports of accidents with life-threatening injury.
UPDATE 2:31: Xcel said they have made good progress restoring power outages following the winter storm Friday morning. It's still estimated that 1,000 to 2,000 customers in the Texas Panhandle are without power, Xcel said they hope to have most of the power back on by 8:00 p.m. Tonight. Those customers who suffered property damage will have to have the damaged repaired by an electrician and received clearance before Xcel can reconnect their power.
UPDATE 2:00: According to the Texas Department of Transportation, roads across the Texas Panhandle have improved. TxDOT said that roads are mostly clear but that ice and slush are still covering the secondary roads. TxDOT crews continue to blade and sand roadways, de-icing may be necessary tonight if temperatures fall below freezing. Motorist are asked to watch for black ice and slippery conditions if those temperatures fall, especially on overpasses, ramps and less-traveled roads.
UPDATE 10:44: A spokesman with Xcel Energy reports that 5,000 customers are without power at this time in the Amarillo area. Wes Reeves said the outages are being caused by downed power lines, trees and tree limbs. Crews from Lubbock are on the way to help speed up the restoration process. Reeves said Xcel hops to get the power restored later this afternoon if the weather will moderate as predicted.
UPDATE 10:23: According to the The Texas Department of Transportation, all roads in the Texas Panhandle are now open. The wrecks reported earlier this morning have been cleared, drivers are still being asked to use extreme caution. Slush and ice remain on area roadways, overpasses and ramps, TXDOT crews will continue to blade and sand area roads.
UPDATE 9:25: APD's current accidents being investigated as of 9:00 AM-3rd and Eastern, Hollywood and Bell, Plains and Alice, I-40 and Pullman, and 9th and Quail Creek.UPDATE 8:50am: Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy says, the feeder line was down in Bushland from 6:23-7:32. It has been restored. Reeves said it was a substation issue, but he doesn't have the exact cause. There are several scattered outages due to fallen tree branches coming into contact with power lines. About 3,000 customers are without power in the Texas Panhandle. It could be into the afternoon before they get those areas back up. The areas affected are pretty much where the storm is.
Amarillo police urge drivers to take extra time this morning and drive carefully. The roads are slippery due to the rain-snow mix.
Loop 335 from 9th to Tascosa road was closed due to jack-knifed semi trucks. However, we have just learned that the loop is open from 9th to Tascosa.
Amarillo police have worked 40 wrecks in the past 24 hours. Here is a list of accidents that officers are working or are en route to.
2000 block of S. CoulterI-40 and Pullman Rd., both eastbound main lanes and access road.3rd and S. EasternI-40 and Washington westbound lanesThere is also report of a vehicle in the roadway at I-40 and Paramount westbound lanes.