Weather Possibly Affecting Memorial Day Plans

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Storms could potentially have a big impact on the roadways this Memorial Day.

“When I-40 starts to drop down a little bit, you could get some water collecting in that low area,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Schneider said. “Drivers should try to slow down, especially when the rain is heavy. Slow down, decrease your speed, and if you have to pull off to the side of the road or off the highway better where it is more safe.”
 
According to experts, when driving on highways or interstates to watch out for drivers who park underneath overpasses during  severe weather.
 
“People like to seek shelter under an overpass, especially along the interstates like I-40,” Meteorologist Corey Simma said. “We highly recommend that you do not do that.”
 
Simma said this is for the safety of everyone else.
 
“If the rain is heavy, if there is hail falling, then people can’t see cars that are stuck underneath an overpass,” he said. “So, if you stop your car, you’re asking to get rear-ended by another car that can block traffic and prevent other people getting through that might need to, especially emergency vehicles and that sort of thing.”
 
Severe weather has been impacting the High Plains all week long causing both flooding and tornadoes across the Texas Panhandle.

Amarillo — for the most part — has missed out on severe weather, but that is not going to last forever.
 
“We had storms for out there in the western Panhandle, and then the dryline moved closer to the Caprock, so we kind of got skipped,” Schneider said.
 
“The storms form either west of us, or east of us,” Simma said. “They don’t hold together long enough to actually move over us, so we’re just waiting on our turn.”
 

Meteorologist Corey Simma says

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