Texas Panhandle gets up to foot of snow

Five-year-old Gabriel Whomble sleds during a snow day at Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A winter storm has swept through parts of Texas, dropping up to a foot of snow in the Panhandle and prompting El Paso to close government offices early.

Dozens of school districts canceled classes or delayed opening in the Panhandle and South Plains on Thursday. Government offices, schools and universities from El Paso to the Midland-Odessa, San Angelo and Big Bend areas closed early Thursday and planned to open late on Friday.

Almost 5 inches of snow was reported in El Paso by midafternoon Thursday before tapering off. As much as a foot of snow was reported in Amarillo and the northern Panhandle and a remote area of West Texas between Midland and San Angelo.

No major traffic problems were reported because of the weather.

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