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Winter Storm Blows Across Southern Plains

December 23, 2002

Heavy snow slowed highway and air traffic Monday morning in Oklahoma and high wind destroyed a home in Texas as a winter storm plowed across the southern Plains.

The National Weather Service posted snow and storm warnings and advisories for the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and parts of Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. Up to 10 inches of snow was possible by Tuesday in Oklahoma, it said.

Monday morning flights were delayed for up to 30 minutes at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City as workers cleared runways and de-iced airplanes, said airport spokeswoman Karen Carney.

The snow was slushy and Oklahoma road conditions were not too bad in the morning, but ice was expected to accumulate later in the day, said Highway Patrol Lt. Brandon Kopepasah.

``We may have a lot of accidents,″ Kopepasah said.

This would be the first time Oklahoma City has a white Christmas since 1975, said weather service meteorologist David Andra.

While snow fell in the Texas Panhandle, thunderstorms pummeled central and eastern Texas.

High wind ripped across an area between Manor and Elgin, destroying an unoccupied mobile home, said Travis County, Texas, sheriff’s Lt. Mike Liesman.

One woman was treated for minor injuries, Liesman said. Several businesses were damaged, he said.

The weather service did not immediately determine if a tornado touched down in the area about 20 miles east of Austin.

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