Texas hit by snow storms after tornadoes

Snow storms hit Texas after devastating tornadoes that killed scores of people across the country.

LUBBOCK, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 27, 2015) (NBC) – Texas was hit by a strong snow blizzard on Sunday (December 27) following tornadoes that killed at least 11 people.

Storms hit the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest over the Christmas holiday weekend, unleashing floods and tornadoes that killed at least 43 people across the country.

Authorities in Lubbock, Texas, declared a state of emergency on Sunday as heavy snowfall is forecast to wrap up Monday morning. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing through the rest of the week, local media said.

In Texas, at least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area over the weekend by tornadoes, including one packing winds of up to 200 miles (322 km) per hour. The twister hit the city of Garland, killing eight people and blowing vehicles off highways.

Three other deaths were reported in the Dallas metropolitan area, the United States’ fourth most populous with about 7 million residents. Scores of people were injured in the region and officials estimated some 800 homes may have been damaged.

Powerful tornadoes are a staple of spring and summer in central states but occur less frequently in winter, according to U.S. weather data.

The weather service has issued tornado watches and warnings for areas in that state, as well as in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

A tornado watch means a storm is likely, while a warning means a storm or storms have been sighted.

In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said his office had declared Dallas County and three nearby counties disaster areas. He also warned people to be wary of snow in western parts of the state and rivers spilling their banks in other places.

The National Weather Service issued severe weather advisories for large parts of the central United States, including a blizzard warning for parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and a flash flood watch stretching from Texas to Indiana.