Winter Storm Strikes the Permian Basin

West Texans woke up to white yards and hazardous driving conditions Friday morning.

A strong blast of arctic air brought one to two inches of snow in the Central Permian Basin. Areas west of Pecos saw even more snow.

The snow fall caused numerous school districts, including Midland, Ector County and Big Spring to close for the day.

Slick roads lead to numerous accidents around the area, especially on Interstate 20 where several major accidents were reported. Odessa Police even closed some intersections down Friday morning after many drivers became stuck.

Other parts of Texas are also expecting winter weather. A couple of inches of snow was possible Friday afternoon in the Houston area down to Corpus Christi.

Continental canceled several flights out of Midland International Airport to Houston's Intercontinental Airport in anticipation of travel problems. American Airlines and Southwest had not canceled any flights as of 10:30 Friday morning.

High Temperatures were not expected to get above freezing. Roads will remain icy and snow covered for much of the day into Saturday morning.

West Texas will have a warmer weekend with highs in the 40s on Saturday.

Snow Totals: West Texas

  • Van Horn 3-4"
  • Kermit and Wink 1-1 1/2″
  • Pecos 2″
  • Seminole 1″
  • Midland and Odessa 1″
  • Big Spring 1/2-1″
  • Crane 4″
  • Fort Stockton 1″
  • Big Lake 3 1/4″
  • Sanderson 1″
  • Kent 1-1 1/2″
  • Alpine 1/2-1″
  • Presidio Trace

Snow Totals: New Mexico:Tatum 2″

  • Hope 3″
  • Carlsbad 3″
  • Hobbs 1- 1 1/2″
  • Jal 1/2-1″