AMARILLO -- The Texas and Oklahoma Departments of Emergency Management have joined the National Weather Service to designate today as Winter Weather Awareness Day.
The purpose of Winter Weather Awareness Day is to focus public attention on winter weather safety and preparedness.
The weather across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles is known for sharp outbreaks of extreme cold often accompanied by snow and ice. In the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, there have been more winter related fatalities since 1950 than the combined total from lightning, tornadoes, and flash floods.
A total of 70% of the winter-related fatalities are vehicle related, usually where winter weather directly results in a traffic accident or from exposure to the cold once a vehicle becomes stranded.
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