From broken pipes to frozen taps and toilets, Texans are facing one of the coldest winters in decades, and these pictures prove it.
Texas is facing one of the worst winters this year as temperatures dropped to as low as 11F (-12C) in Houston and 9F (-13C) in San Antonio. The winter storm warning was reported well in advance as governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for every county in the state last Friday. Temperatures continued to drop over the weekend as Washington issued a federal emergency declaration for the state, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide additional support and resources, The Guardian reported.
Oh, you know just your normal snow on the beach in Galveston, Texas. pic.twitter.com/wm9z8gZ1po— Kevin Lighty - WCIA 3 Chief Meteorologist (@KevinLighty) February 15, 2021
Shocking! 😱 Turn up the volume!— Anas Alhajji (@anasalhajji) February 15, 2021
Pipes busted from freezing. (Denton, Texas)
Please, If you are in Texas and you have not done so, let a couple of faucets drip until the freeze is over! #TexasFreeze #Texas #Denton pic.twitter.com/PE9Fy9jv7w
In a press conference, Abbott said, "Every part of the state of Texas will face freezing conditions. That includes all the way down to Brownsville, Texas, over the coming days. In many of those locations across the state of Texas, the high temperature for the day will be in the single digits." Several government officials, including Houston's mayor Sylvester Turner, issued warnings across the state citing concerns about icy road conditions, urging everyone to stay indoors and not drive around. Only last Thursday, there was a pile-up of up to 100 cars in the city of Fort Worth, as six people passed away and several others got injured.
This is the water fountain at Pensive. It appears the misters on the fountain have frozen. @CityOfDallas @DallasParkRec have been notified. Thanks to a few of you for reporting this! pic.twitter.com/AQyqYp3XrJ— Northaven Trail (@NorthavenTrail) February 17, 2021
The roads in Texas are different than what you'd find in the north-east and are not laid with salt which helps in melting ice. Aside from that, most of the cars in the state do not have snow tires to help with the sleet and snow, as you wouldn't expect a winter this cold in Texas. The average temperature for February was about 48F (8.8C) in Houston and 43F(6.1C) in San Antonio, which is an alarming instability as far as geography goes. To cope with the sheer cold, public transportation departments in major cities modified bus schedules and halted several of them altogether.
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
Sympathies from Houston. It's terrible here pic.twitter.com/JKY1jn6BIg— 🌸Beau (@PastureSociety) February 16, 2021
This was Houston, Texas on February 15, 2021. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/QOSDIMikVI— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) February 17, 2021
Jeff Arndt, the chief executive of San Antonio's transit authority informed riders of the various changes made to public transportation, and how they were going to handle this winter storm. "The biggest challenge is making sure the customers know what we’re doing," Arndt said. "We can handle the logistics of getting people in and making sure the buses are fueled. It’s really getting the information to the customers. Every route in our system has a detour due to icy roads right now," he added. Help for the disabled was provided as they received a call from VIA to be notified of the changes. "I was out this morning because of course, you have to go to HEB," Arndt said. "The traffic was extremely light on the freeway, but I probably saw half a dozen cars pulled over on the shoulder facing the wrong way because obviously, they spun out."
hey from me and my LITERAL FROZEN TOILET pic.twitter.com/gvu5hHjYG3— molls! DM IF UNF (@gldencherry_) February 15, 2021
My dog’s water bowl inside my kitchen lit up with a flashlight. No rolling blackouts. Zero electrons since 2am last night, almost 24hrs. Frozen pipes. Houston Texas. Why not in the federal grid? Why so underprepared #ERCOT #texaspoweroutage #TexasFreeze pic.twitter.com/o22YqfzxsN— UnEdumacatedJo (@UnedumacatedJo) February 16, 2021
This winter storm is now being dubbed an "Arctic Blast" as residents all over the state continue to wait for spring. One resident, Raymond Villalba, 42, from Houston, said: "Living in Texas, I’m always prepared. I have a generator if we lose power. I’ve got plenty of charcoal and propane just in case. I don’t just do it now, I do it all the time. Even though we don’t get too many of these arctic blasts, we do get hurricanes and floods," Villalba said.
#Texas— 💶GET💷RICH💵OR💹DIE💴TRYING👉💚💚 (@ability_abv) February 18, 2021
They are going through some tough phase.They don't have light in most of their Areas, no water, and the weather is extremely cold there.
Africa is blessed. We Don't have any Natural disaster. Our weather is perfect, we can survive in any situation we find ourselves in. pic.twitter.com/gfwylQiT94