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Freezing rain turns to snow on the South Plains

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A winter storm brought periods of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and heavy snow to a large portion of the Lone Star State overnight.

On the South Plains, Saturday's freezing rain changed over to sleet, then snow early Sunday morning. After only a few hours, snowfall totals ranged from nearly 9 inches in Muleshoe, to as much as 3 inches in the city of Lubbock, with lesser amounts across the eastern counties.

Further south, an ice storm has caused tree and power line damage in the Midland/ Odessa area, and most of the Permian Basin. Icy weather is also being felt further eastward, where slick roads and poor driving conditions led to several accidents on roadways in north-central Texas. Portions of several had to be shut down following these accidents.

As of 6 a.m., Lubbock, and most of the greater KCBD viewing area, has spent over 60 hours below the freezing mark.

Today, we will continue this stretch, with highs only making it into the 20s on the Caprock, and near freezing on the Rolling Plains.

Please continue to protect pipes, pets, plants, and people from this extreme cold.

The combination of below freezing temperatures and wintry weather has led to a continuation of hazardous travel conditions; a trend that will last through today, and possibly into Monday morning's commute.

If you must travel, avoid elevated surfaces such as bridges, overpasses, and flyovers. Take surface streets to your destination and drive slowly, while leaving extra space between you and the driver in front of you.

Scattered wintry showers will continue this afternoon, before tapering off this evening. Clearing skies, lighter winds, and a fresh snow-pack will make for a frigid Monday morning.

Many communities could start their work week in the teens.

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