8 PM CST February 26 Update: Map updated with final totals.
8 PM CST Update: The Amarillo snow total of 19" is the third heaviest for any storm on record:
19 inches of snow at NWS #Amarillo. 2nd most snow in a calendar day and 3rd most for any event. #phwx #amablizzard— NWS Amarillo (@NWSAmarillo) February 26, 2013
4 PM CST Update: Here are some unofficial snowfall reports from the National Weather Service for the Texas panhandle:
Location Snowfall Source 7 ENE Amarillo TX 17 nws office Fritch TX 16 trained spotter Pampa TX 15 co-op observer 6 SE Booker TX 14 trained spotter Fritch TX 14 trained spotter White Deer TX 14 public Booker TX 14 emergency mngr Fritch TX 13 public 3 S Darrouzett TX 12.5 trained spotter Dumas TX 12 law enforcement Bushland TX 12 public 6 SW Amarillo TX 12 trained spotterOriginal Post:
The ongoing blizzard in the Texas panhandle is threatening to break some all-time Texas snowfall records. These are the current snowfall records at Amarillo, from the National Weather Service:
Max for 24 hours: 20.6 inches on March 25-26, 1934
Max for a single storm: 20.6 inches on March 25-26, 1934
Max for one month: 28.7 inches in February 1903
Max measured snow depth: 17.0 inches on February 26, 1903
Max for a season: 50.9 inches in 1918-19
The NWS at Amarillo reports:
GOING FORECAST STILL ON TRACK. THE NWS OFFICE NOW HAS OVER 13 INCHES ON THE GROUND WITH 3-4 FOOT DRIFTS AND A MAX GUST TO 58 MPH. THE SE TX PANHANDLE HAS BEEN SLOW TO FILL IN WITH SNOW AFTER THE THUNDERSTORMS THAT DROPPED HEAVY RAIN LAST NIGHT AND THESE AREAS MIGHT END UP WITH AMOUNTS CLOSER TO THE 8 INCH SIDE THAN THE 14 INCH SIDE OF THEIR RANGE. AT THE END OF THE DAY...THE HEAVIEST TOTALS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE ALONG A PALO DURO CANYON TO AMARILLO TO STINNETT TO PERRYTON LINE. SOME RECORDS SEEM TO BE IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION TODAY. THE FIRST IS AN ALL-TIME 24 HOUR SNOWFALL RECORD AT AMARILLO OF 20.6 INCHES FROM MARCH 25-26 1934. WE WILL LIKELY GET VERY CLOSE OR SURPASS THIS NUMBER BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE OTHER IS THE ALL-TIME STATE OF TEXAS 24 HOUR SNOWFALL RECORD OF 25 INCHES IN FOLLETT SET MARCH 28 2009. SOMEWHERE IN THE PERRYTON/STINNETT/BORGER/AMARILLO AREA COULD APPROACH THIS VALUE BY THIS AFTERNOON.