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Texas Panhandle gets foot of snow as winter storm hits parts of the state

Victor Herrera uses his snow disc as a shovel as he has a snow fight with his son Gabriel Whomble, 5, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie)
January 22, 2015 - 8:17 PM

EL PASO, Texas - A winter storm has swept through parts of Texas, dropping up to a foot of snow in the Panhandle and prompting El Paso to close government offices early.

Dozens of school districts cancelled classes or delayed opening in the Panhandle and South Plains on Thursday. Government offices, schools and universities from El Paso to the Midland-Odesa, San Angelo and Big Bend areas closed early Thursday and planned to open late on Friday.

Almost 5 inches of snow was reported in El Paso by midafternoon Thursday before tapering off. As much as a foot of snow was reported in Amarillo and the northern Panhandle and a remote area of West Texas between Midland and San Angelo.

No major traffic problems were reported because of the weather.

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