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Issued by NWS Midland/Odessa, TX

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
1200 PM CST SAT JAN 3 2015 /1100 AM MST SAT JAN 3 2015/

...GENERAL SUMMARY OF ICE STORM...

IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN TUESDAY DEC 30 2014 AND FRIDAY JAN 2 2015
THE WORST ICE STORM IN RECENT MEMORY OCCURRED ACROSS THE BASIN...
SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO...AND PARTS OF THE TRANS PECOS. STARTING
TUESDAY DEC 30 LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FREEZING FOG PERSISTED
ALMOST NON STOP THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...NEW YEARS EVE...RESULTING
IN THE GRADUAL THICKENING OF ICE ON EXPOSED SURFACES. THE LARGEST
INITIAL IMPACTS WERE EXPERIENCED ALONG MAJOR ROADWAYS LIKE
INTERSTATE 20 AS WELL AS A TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE MIDLAND
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. SOME SLEET AND LIGHT SNOW MIXED IN WITH THE
LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FREEZING FOG ON WEDNESDAY...THOUGH NO
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WERE REPORTED...JUST ENOUGH TO SEE IT
BLOWING ACROSS THE ICY ROADS AND WHITEN THE GRASS SOME. HOWEVER SOME
SNOW DID ACCUMULATE IN EDDY COUNTY.

BY EARLY WEDNESDAY EVENING...MODERATE TO HEAVY SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN DEVELOPED ACROSS THE LOWER TRANS PECOS AND EXTENDED INTO THE
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST BASIN INCLUDING PECOS...UPTON...REAGAN...
MITCHELL COUNTIES RESULTING IN ICE AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN
0.25" TO 2". ELSEWHERE THE REMAINDER OF NEW YEARS EVE NIGHT AND
EARLY NEW YEARS DAY A WINTRY MIX OF LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE...
FREEZING FOG...AND LIGHT SNOW OCCURRED. MEANWHILE TRAVEL BECAME MORE
DIFFICULT. INTERSTATES 10 AND 20 MOSTLY STAYED OPEN...BUT WITH MORE
FREQUENT WRECKS TRAFFIC WOULD STACK UP.  IN ADDITION...STATE
HIGHWAYS...FARM TO MARKET ROADS AND OTHER SECONDARY ROADS BEGAN TO
CLOSE.

LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...A BAND OF RAIN...FREEZING RAIN...AND SNOW
EXTENDED FROM THE BIG BEND SOUTH OF FORT STOCKTON AND
NORTHEASTWARD...PRODUCING LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT ICING AMOUNTS ACROSS
TERRELL AND PECOS COUNTIES. THIS BAND OF PRECIPITATION SLOWLY MOVED
NORTHWARD...WHERE IT BECAME NEARLY STATIONARY ALONG THE INTERSTATE
20 CORRIDOR FROM THE I-20/I-10 SPLIT THROUGH MIDLAND/ODESSA AND
TOWARD ABILENE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. WHAT BEGAN AS LIGHT FREEZING
RAIN EARLY FRIDAY TRANSITIONED TO A MIX OF HEAVY RAIN...FREEZING
RAIN AND SLEET ACROSS LARGE PARTS OF THE BASIN BY MID MORNING WHICH
PERSISTED THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY. THIS RESULTED IN A DAILY RECORD
LIQUID RAINFALL RECORD AT MIDLAND OF 1.45". MEANWHILE...TEMPERATURES
HAD BEEN SLOWLY WARMING FROM THE MID 20S IN THE EARLY HOURS FRIDAY
MORNING TO 32 DEGREES BY 4 PM CST...AND ICE ON THE ROADS BEGAN TO
MELT AND TURN TO SLUSH. MINOR FLOODING THEN BECAME A CONCERN AS
DRAINAGE AREAS WERE IMPEDED BY ACCUMULATED SLUSH WITH RAIN
CONTINUING TO FALL...RESULTING IN MULTIPLE ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO HIGH
WATER AS WELL AS NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES IN ODESSA. HOWEVER...
DESPITE THE MELTING AND FLOODING ON ROADWAYS...TREES AND POWER LINES
CONTINUED TO ACCUMULATE ICE...RESULTING IN WIDESPREAD DAMAGE TO THE
URBAN FOREST OF MIDLAND AND ODESSA AND POWER OUTAGES. AT ONE POINT
ON LATE FRIDAY ONCOR ELECTRIC REPORTED OVER 22000 PEOPLE WITHOUT
POWER ACROSS THE BASIN. THERE WAS ALSO SOME HEAVY SNOW WITH THIS
EVENT...MAINLY ACROSS CULBERSON AND EDDY COUNTIES WHERE SOME AREAS
REPORTED TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS TO AROUND 5". SNOW PACKED ROADS LATE
FRIDAY AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING RESULTED IN THE CLOSURE OF
INTERSTATE 10 NEAR VAN HORN WHERE SHELTERS WERE SET UP FOR STRANDED
TRAVELERS.

THIS WAS A HIGH IMPACT WINTER WEATHER EVENT WHICH WAS OF UNUSUALLY
LONG DURATION FOR THE AREA. BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF SOME OF THE
GREATER IMPACTS THAT OCCURRED...

3 VEHICLE RELATED FATALITIES

OVER 350 VEHICLE ACCIDENTS...NUMBER OF INJURED IS UNKNOWN

OVER 22000 WITHOUT POWER

AT LEAST 85 POWER POLES DOWN

SHELTERS OPEN OR SET UP IN MIDLAND...ECTOR...PECOS...CULBERSON...
AND REEVES COUNTIES

WIDESPREAD ROAD CLOSURES INCLUDING PARTS OF INTERSTATES 10 AND
20...HIGHWAY 62/180...82...67...191...JBS PARKWAY...LOOPS 250 AND
338.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MIDLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CLOSURE OF NUMEROUS DAYCARES...PRE-SCHOOLS...BUSINESSES...STATE/LOCAL
GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

DAILY RECORD RAINFALL AT NWS MIDLAND 1.45"

NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES IN ODESSA

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