Texas Panhandle gets hit with snow

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The Texas Panhandle fell just short of having a white Halloween.

An early snowstorm dropped as much as four inches of snow on the northern and western portions of the Panhandle Thursday.

Meteorologist Andrew Moulton of the National Weather Service in Amarillo says the snowstorm formed in the mountains of Colorado before its southern portion clipped the Panhandle.

The official snowfall total of 3.1 inches for Amarillo beat a daily record for Oct. 27 of 2.4 inches set in 1911.

A four-inch accumulation was reported in Canyon, 18 miles south of Amarillo.

Moulton called the snowfall "slightly unusual" but not unheard of. He says Amarillo has seen measurable snow as early as late September and 2.9 inches on Oct. 8, 1970.