(WEATHER) — Fierce Winter Storm Goliath plowed into the southern High Plains on Sunday, bringing blizzard conditions and forcing at least one governor to declare a state of emergency. About 33 million people were under some sort of winter weather warning tied directly to the storm.
Between 2 and 3 feet of snow has been reported in eastern New Mexico. Violent winds are driving drifts as high as 8 to 10 feet.
“This is a dire situation, especially the eastern part of the state,” said New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. She issued a state of emergency and activated the Natonal Guard.
Interstate 40 was closed from west of Amarillo, Texas, to mile marker 272 in New Mexico. Various other road closures are also impacting eastern New Mexico. There are reports that people have been stranded in their vehicles for hours across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.