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Winter weather hits area with rain & snow

Freezing rain and falling temperatures produced dangerous driving conditions Friday as the county was slammed with winter-like weather.

A cold front that sliced through the region Thursday afternoon brought falling temperatures to Hockley County.

The mercury fell from 59 degrees to 48 degrees in 30 minutes late Thursday afternoon in Levelland.

Rain that began falling Thursday night had dropped 1.5 inches of rain in the downtown area by 9 a.m. Friday.

Light snow began falling in the city after 9 a.m. Friday.

A young man escaped injury Friday morning when his pickup truck slid into a bar ditch.

The rain forced several area gins to stop picking up cotton modules from wet fields.

Some gin managers were considering shutting down operations for the day.

Nearly an inch of rain had fallen by mid-morning Friday at Long ‘S’ Gin north of Whiteface.

Gin manager Prentice Fred said he was thinking about closing for the day because of deteriorating road conditions.

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