Winter weather forecast prompts Texas to mobilize

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has activated National Guard personnel and resources as a precaution as a winter storm threatened portions of the northern Panhandle.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Amarillo and portions of the Panhandle to the west and north, meaning winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph are expected. The weather service predicts snow accumulations of a half-foot to 1½ feet in that area.

A statement from Perry's office says 20 National Guard troops and six high-profile vehicles have been deployed to Amarillo, Dumas and Dalhart.