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Major snowstorm pummels Midwest

Snowstorm is largest of the season in some parts of the West and Midwest.

March 28, 2009

Residents in the Oklahoma panhandle are waking up to blizzard like conditions and 4 to 5 foot snow drifts in some areas. Power outages were reported in several counties on Wednesday and Thursday, but OG&E worked to restore power to communities quickly.

The winter storm affected residents in Oklahoma, as well as Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. The blizzard-like conditions prompted the National Weather Service to issue blizzard warnings in large parts of four states. New Mexico was not under a blizzard warning as of Friday morning.

The large storm is also prompting some road closings. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting US 64 is closed in the panhandle, all the way to New Mexico. In New Mexico, Interstate 40 was closed due to a hazmat situation. Two trucks are blocking both directions of the interstate.

According to Michelann Ooten, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency, roads are deteriorating quickly in areas affected by the storm.

The NWS is forecasting 10-15 inches of snow in the panhandle and northwest parts of Oklahoma. Central Oklahoma is bracing for 8 to 12 inches. High winds are also associated with the snowstorm. Similar amounts of snow are expected along Oklahoma's borders with Kansas, Colorado and Texas.

A huge winter storm struck the midwest this week. The storm affected residents in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Blizzard-like conditions were forecasted for most of the affected area.

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