||A bitterly cold arctic air mass moved into the South Plains region of west Texas during the daytime hours on the 12th. A potent upper level system moving down from the Rockies provided the lift needed for a prolonged period of wintry precipitation which began during the evening hours of the 12th and persisted through much of the 14th. Because of the shallow nature of the arctic air mass, precipitation in the form of freezing rain and freezing drizzle was the dominant precipitation type. This led to several locations across the South Plains region receiving between one quarter and one inch of ice accumulations. |Approximately 245 auto-accidents were attributed to the ice build-up. Lubbock authorities reported 185 wrecks on city streets alone. Two persons were killed on the icy highways, and at least nine others suffered serious injuries in weather related traffic accidents. More than forty people sought treatment at Lubbock hospitals for fall-related injuries attributed to the storm. |Power outages became widespread in many rural areas during the afternoon and evening hours of the 14th when wind speeds increased in the wake of the departing storm system, and ice coated utility lines broke. Although the total number of residences without power was not known, one utility company reported that seventy-five percent of its customers were affected over a twelve county area. Total damages across the region approached $750,000.|In addition, more than 200 churches across the region canceled Sunday services on the 14th, and many flights were canceled at Lubbock's Preston Smith International Airport.
A list of reported ice accumulations are as follows: 1/8 inch at Dickens (Dickens County), 1/8 inch at Matador (Motley County), 1/4 inch at Lorenzo (Crosby County), 1/2 inch at Muleshoe (Bailey County), 1/2 inch at Morton (Cochran County), 1/4 inch at Guthrie (King County), 1/4 inch at Paducah (Cottle County), 1/4 inch at Ropesville (Hockley County), 1/2 inch at Levelland (Hockley County), 1/4 inch at Silverton (Briscoe County), 1/4 inch at Lubbock (Lubbock County), 1/2 inch at Farwell (Parmer County), 1/4 inch at Dimmitt (Castro County), 1/4 inch at Tulia (Swisher County), 1/2 inch at Littlefield (Lamb County), 1/2 inch at Plains (Yoakum County), 1/4 inch at Brownfield (Terry County), 1/2 inch at Tahoka (Lynn County), 1/2 inch at Memphis (Hall County), 1/2 inch at Childress (Childress County), 1/2 inch at Crosbyton (Crosby County), 1.0 inch at Earth (Lamb County), and 1.0 inch at Hale Center (Hale County).