2nd Plains blizzard in less than a week closes interstates, threatens already snowy regions

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Blizzard conditions have descended on the midsection of the country again today.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings and watches in Kansas and Oklahoma through tonight as the storm tracks north and east across West Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

Airports in the Texas Panhandle are closed and National Guard units are mobilizing to assist stranded motorists as the storm blankets the region with a foot of snow in some places. State troopers have been unable to respond to calls for assistance as roads are impassable.

Heavy snow is piling up quickly in western Oklahoma and, combined with high winds, visibility is near zero. Oklahoma State Police are urging people not to travel through the blizzard. Even snowplows were getting stuck in snow in the Panhandle and the northwestern corner of Oklahoma.

Not all of the region's temperatures are below freezing, though, and eastern Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana are being pelted by heavy rain and thunderstorms.

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137-a-07-(Patricia Mendoza, clerk at the Ambassador Hotel, in AP interview)-"problem out here"-Patricia Mendoza says there is a lot of snow falling and its windy. (25 Feb 2013)

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136-a-11-(Patricia Mendoza, clerk at the Ambassador Hotel, in AP interview)-"its all closed"-Patricia Mendoza says Amarillo is getting hit with a lot of snow. ((note: the distance from Amarillo to Albequerque is about 270 miles)) (25 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *136 (02/25/13)>> 00:11 "its all closed"

138-a-10-(Patricia Mendoza, clerk at the Ambassador Hotel, in AP interview)-"Him for it"-Patricia Mendoza says Amarillo has been very dry and any form of precipitation is badly needed. (25 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *138 (02/25/13)>> 00:10 "Him for it"

057-a-15-(Dan Petersen, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"and northwest Missouri"-National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Petersen says there's a lot of snow in the forecast. (25 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *057 (02/25/13)>> 00:15 "and northwest Missouri"

059-a-12-(Dan Petersen, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"and White Mountains"-National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Petersen says a very active winter storm is moving across the country. (25 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *059 (02/25/13)>> 00:12 "and White Mountains"

083-a-05-(Joe Pajor (PAY'-johr), deputy director of public works and utilities, city of Wichita, in AP interview)-"inches of snowfall"-Joe Pajor with the City of Wichita says there will be no shortage of snow in town when this storm hits, the second in a week. (25 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *083 (02/25/13)>> 00:05 "inches of snowfall"

082-a-14-(Joe Pajor (PAY'-johr), deputy director of public works and utilities, city of Wichita, in AP interview)-"to rival that"-Joe Pajor with the City of Wichita says they're about to get hit by another big winter storm. (25 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *082 (02/25/13)>> 00:14 "to rival that"

APPHOTO TXLUB105: A car sets abandoned along the Interstate 27 access road during blizzard conditions in Lubbock, Texas, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. State troopers are unable to respond to calls for assistance and National Guard units are mobilizing as a winter storm blankets the central Plains with a foot of snow in some places. Roads are closed Monday throughout West Texas and the Panhandle. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Zach Long) (25 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO TXAMA105: Amarillo emergency personnel assisted a stranded motorist on the I-40 service road Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 in Amarillo, Texas. A blizzard packing 50 mph wind gusts and more than 11 inches of snow blasted Amarillo and Texas Panhandle Monday, making travel nearly impossible. Interstate 40 and many major highways in the Panhandle have been closed. (AP Photo/The Amarillo Globe News,Michael Schumacher) (25 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO KSLIB101: City crews remove snow early Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 in Liberal, Kan., which is under a blizzard warning until Tuesday midnight. WInds were around 25 to 30 mph by 9 a.m., with forecasts of higher winds and gusts to 5o mph in the afternoon. (AP Photo/Southwest Daily Times, Larry Phillips) (25 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO CER101: In this photo provided Jeff Powers blowing snow creates whiteout conditions Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 near Ingalls, Kan. Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeff Powers) (25 Feb 2013)

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