Storm Closes All Highways in 6 Okla. Counties
Blizzard hits as region still recovering from monster storm
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2013 4:03 AM CST
Updated Feb 25, 2013 12:12 PM CST
A truck drives in near whiteout conditions past a silhouette of a moose on Interstate 80 near Gretna, Neb.    (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – The Great Plains region is being pounded by another massive winter storm, just days after a huge storm system dumped more than a foot of snow on some areas. The National Weather Service warns that the storm is bringing potentially "life threatening" and "crippling" conditions to parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas panhandle, reports CNN. Flights have been canceled and residents have been urged to stay off the roads; indeed, in Oklahoma, six counties have closed all of their highways.

Almost all roads in the Texas panhandle are now impassible as well, and emergency crews are currently struggling to reach drivers who either didn't heed or didn't see the National Weather Service's explicit "DO NOT TRAVEL" warnings. National Guard units are being sent in to help. Forecasters say the storm system will also hit Southern states and could spawn tornadoes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and Georgia, the AP reports.

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NYUFan
Feb 25, 2013 2:09 PM CST
Only a fool would believe that you can safely drive a vehicle with only four small patches of rubber on ice or snow. If you don't have chains and/or studded tires, please stay off the ice and/or snow.
outhouse1
Feb 25, 2013 12:52 PM CST
Yep. Yep. Yep....Grew up in the Texas Panhandle and lived in Amarillo many years. Have seen many blizzards, tornadoes, hail storms. SSSoooooo I moved to the piney woods of east Texas 20 years ago. The weather is a bit chillly right now. Whiteout in Panhandle. HHHmmmm...65 degrees here right now. Lake is fairly calm. Rained this morning. cloudy outside. Temp inside a cool 73 degrees. BBBBRRRR....think I'll bumpt it up 2 degrees. ; ^))
Scaramouche
Feb 25, 2013 12:49 PM CST
I live in Oklahoma, and I have to say the level of tension here is palpable. People are panicked. I went to buy cigarettes just now and there were people loading up on Skoal and Budweiser like it's the end of the world.