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An upper level trough moved ashore across Washington in the Pacific Northwest on Friday, December 11th. This system moved rapidly southeast across the Central Rockies on Saturday before crossing the Panhandles Region on Sunday, December 13th. Moderate snowfall developed across the northwest Panhandles on Saturday evening and spread east as the system moved across the area. A majority of the snowfall with the system occurred between midnight and noon on Sunday. Moderate snow and winds gusting to 30 to 40 mph created low visibility of around ½ mile at times across the area. This, together with snow accumulating on roadways, led to poor travel conditions and several major accidents occurred on I-40 causing the interstate to be shut down in multiple locations for a period of time.  Event snowfall totals of 4 to 8 inches occurred with one band across the Oklahoma Panhandle and even higher amounts around 12” were reported just north in southwest Kansas. Otherwise snowfall totals ranged from around 1 to 5 inches across the area.


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