How the Freeze Affected Texas


Ice on a power line in Central Texas. | Image by PredawnImages, Shutterstock

During the current wintery system that passed through Texas, many people across the state suffered from power outages, downed trees, and delayed travel plans. 

Going towards Texoma, residents received freezing temperatures, but the area didn’t get the amount of snow projected. Brandon Cooper of Wichita Falls said Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning had the most wintery weather. But, he said, “Roads were clear by Thursday morning.” 

In San Antonio, thousands were out of power. Yesterday, CPS Energy reported that 42 wires were down as of Wednesday, and around 6 a.m. yesterday, there were 113 outages. About 390,00 people across the state were without power. 

There were 63 flights canceled at the San Antonio International Airport. DFW canceled more than 500 flights, according to FlightAware flight tracking data. Chantale Belefanti was one of the people caught out in the bad weather. She was trying to get back to Dallas from Houston. “I’ve been stuck for three days. I have to get back to work and my son,” Belefanti said. “You never know if it’ll actually freeze in Texas.”

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, the metroplex has seen a few winter storms this month. The most recent ice storm was a result of the mix of moisture from the Arctic and Gulf of Mexico and air moving south from Canada, according to Axios San Antonio. 

Everybody in the state experienced this storm differently. Co-founder of Michael Monet Media, Dej’ah Linson, said although Houston didn’t get ice, the drastic temperature change was unexpected. “We went from warm sunny weather to cold rainy weather. The temperature dropped from the mid-70s to the low 40s. I wasn’t prepared for such a drastic change in the weather, and I’m ready to get back to the warm, sunny Houston I love.”

In North Texas, the sun has come out, roads and businesses are back open, and life is proceeding as usual, but will these temperatures drop again? Although the infamous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter, The National Weather Service Fort Worth suggests temperatures will continue to rise over the weekend.  

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