Snow blankets West Texas, causes traffic nightmare

EL PASO, Texas (KXAN) — West Texas is under a light blanket of snow after a storm produced blizzard conditions. The 40 mph wind that felt like ten degrees below zero, kept many people indoors.

Interstate 10 is a mess in places near Fort Stockton, six hours west of Austin.

Viewer submitted picture of snow between Liberty Hill and Bertram.
Viewer submitted picture of snow between Liberty Hill and Bertram.

The freezing conditions stranded KXAN Photojournalist Daniel Guerrero in West Texas where he is taking video and sending pictures to keep you updated on weather conditions.

Guerrero says several people stayed overnight at a gas station and truck stop. Some of the drivers on I-10 are now lined up at the parking lot of the gas station waiting for sunrise to melt the ice on the roads.

One driver told Guerrero that he has been sitting on the I-10 parking in his car for more than five hours unable to move.

Driver John Bumgarder said, “Everyone’s hunkered down in their car because of the cold temperatures. One sound that’s become constant here is the vehicles turning on and off to get a little bit of heat and to conserve gas.”

Pecos County officials told Bumgarder that is could be several more hours before they can get the traffic moving.

All of the shelters and hotels in the Fort Stockton area are closed.

Update: I-10 in the El Paso area was back open to traffic around 2 p.m. Our photojournalist made it home on Monday afternoon after spending almost 26 hours stuck in traffic.

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