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Winter snowstorm reaches Texas Panhandle and closes parks

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The Texas A&M Forest Service is helping the Texas Department of Transportation with winter weather response as the Texas niche is covered in snow and ice on Tuesday, January 24.

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While most of Central Texas is experiencing a rainy day, on Tuesday, January 24, cities in the north and in the hill country were met with snow and rain. Six to eight inches of sleet is expected, according to the National Weather Service. to hit the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for cities such as Armarillo, Borger, Canyon, Dumas and Pampa. Rain and snow are expected in the Fort Worth and Dallas metro area north of Interstate 20, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Due to a winter storm, the Texas A&M Forest Service tweeted to help the Texas Department of Transportation respond to weather conditions. On Tuesday morning, motor graders work to “snow and ice clear Interstate 27 from Amarillo to Happy.” As of 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, the teams had covered 30 miles and assisted two motorists.

The weather forced some parks to close for the day. Palo Duro Canyon State Park posted on Facebook that it is closed due to weather conditions. Caprock Canyons State Parks has closed part of their park for safety reasons. However, according to the Facebook page, some areas are still open for hiking and daytime use.

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