Update: I-40 now open

TxDOT just released an update on road conditions in our area.

The Childress District is reporting most sections of that district received 3-4 inches of snow but added the amounts are hard to determine due to the snow drifts. TxDOT said the roads are snow packed, mainly in towns, and are being treated with salt. They expect to have the main roadways cleaned up by lunch and will then begin work on the secondary roads.

TxDOT Childress District serves the counties of: Wheeler, Donley, Collingsworth, Briscoe, Childress, Hall, Hardeman, Motley, Cottle, Foard, Dickens, King and Knox.

Update: TxDot has just opened I-40 into New Mexico. They are advising anyone traveling they should use extreme care due to the snow packed roads and drifts on the roadway, especially in the passing lanes.

Update: TxDOT now says that I-40 will remained closed until further notice.

Update: A spokesperson for TxDOT has confirmed that I-40 will reopen at 8:00a.m. this morning

U pdate: TxDOT just sent an update on the road closures throughout the Texas Panhandle.

I-40 westbound from exit 64 to the New Mexico State line remains closed at this time due to drifting. TxDOT crews are plowing, and hope to have the highway open late this morning. Hollywood west of Soncy has been reopened. TxDOT said that all remaining major roads are open but ask drivers to be on the lookout for drifts. They also advise that secondary FM and RM roads are snow covered and will not be cleared until the main roadways are cleared.

TxDOT said that all available crews and trucks have been plowing and sanding since late yesterday afternoon.

Older Report: The snow and high winds blowing across the Texas Panhandle is starting to cause road closures around Amarillo.

A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Transportation told Pronews 7 that I-40 west of Amarillo is closed and that all westbound traffic is being held in Amarillo. Pronews 7 has also confirmed that Hollywood is closed just west of Soncy.

Pronews 7 has also confirmed that 550 customers in the San Jacinto area are without power, an additional 50-75 are out in various pockets across Amarillo. Xcel said that crews have been dispatched.