Several semi truck wrecks have caused backups “all morning long” according to the Amarillo Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Beginning Tuesday morning, March 22nd, the Potter County Sheriff’s Office began warning drivers that a bout of winter weather made driving conditions “especially bad” and indicated that Interstate 40 west leaving Amarillo was closed due to the wintery conditions.
3/22 420am: Snow will continue to wind down over the next few hours. While sharply reduced visibilities have ended, slick slushy roads remain, so drive with caution. Drivers on east-west roads may encounter additional difficulties as winds will ramp up once again around sunrise. pic.twitter.com/6at6Y6PLF3— NWS Amarillo (@NWSAmarillo) March 22, 2022
At 8:52 a.m. TXDOT announced that multiple tractor trailer wrecks had made conditions on I-40 westbound even worse, and warned local drivers to find alternate routes, but did not mention any official road closures.
“Several semi-truck wrecks have created backups on I-40 westbound all morning long,” TxDOT Amarillo posted on Twitter. “Local drivers should find alternate routes.”
No updates have been reported and drivers are still urged to avoid the area and use extra caution on the roadways.