A Texas Highway Patrol trooper with the Texas Department of Safety stops traffic on Interstate 40 near Hope Road outside Amarillo Texas Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 after a severe winter storm hit Northwest Texas. Travelers in the Texas Panhandle were urged to stay off ice-packed roads Tuesday after up to 10 inches of snow covered parts of the region. Several major thoroughfares were closed after the storm clipped the far northwest part of the state the day before the official start of winter.

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