Parts of northern Texas experienced a barrage of extreme weather over the holiday weekend. The same system that brought powerful tornadoes to the suburbs of Dallas also brought historic snowfall to many nearby towns to the west.
Nicknamed Winter Storm Goliath, the storm system brought record-breaking accumulation to many areas, with some neighborhoods gaining nearly 15 inches of snowfall. The storm’s powerful winds, which gusted up to 60 mph, pushed the snow into massive drifts that walled in homes and businesses. These massive piles of snow slowed down the cleanup process even further by making it difficult to even trek outside.
Here are a few of the most jaw-dropping photos taken by Texans who made it through this record-breaking blizzard.
Massive snow drifts were found across parts of northern Texas as high winds accompanied the heavy snowfall. By the time the snow stopped falling, some of these drifts bigger in size than many houses.
Many residents were shocked to find their cars completely covered by these huge drifts.
In some areas, the snowfall was less severe and simply brought a little bit of winter sparkle to the area.
However, in areas like Lubbock and Pampa, the heavy snowfall made roadways impassible and trapped many drivers who did not heed early warnings to stay indoors.
Those who did stay indoors and away from the danger will still have to wait many days before they can resume their normal lives.
The cause of this wild weather around the United States is thought to be the El Nino phenomena, which made it unseasonably warm in the Northeast, instead giving Texans all the snow they could ever want for the next five years.