Amarillo under a blizzard warning

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AMARILLO, TX – A ton of snow is expected in Amarillo. So, who’s coming to save the day? No, not a guy with a flamethrower.

Texas National Guard members are heading to the Texas panhandle to help out stranded motorists. This, as a blizzard is expected to dump over a foot of snow and five feet of drift. Strong northerly winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of 65 mph are expected, as are white outs, which are making travel virtually impossible. Get this:  El Paso saw wind gusts of 84 mph. This thing isn’t kidding around!

It’s part of a large system that hit Oklahoma, and is barreling through the Texas panhandle before it continues on to Kansas and Missouri.

That’s not the only spot in America that’s bracing for bad weather. Flash flood watches are in effect for southeastern Louisiana, the southern half of Mississippi and Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and much of Georgia.

But here in the Bayou City, you couldn’t tell any of this was going on with our neighbors to the north and the east.

As far as the blizzard goes, residents have a bumpy night ahead of them but the end is in sight. The blizzard warning should be cancelled for Amarillo by morning.