In Texas, winter is notoriously tempestuous. It can be hot for weeks before a sudden cold front sweeps in. Over the weekend, a blast of arctic air this weekend dropped temperatures across the state by as much as 50 degrees in parts. As a result, Texans were reminded of the true volatility of winter.
When temperatures dropped into the twenties with a wind chill below ten degrees, heat-loving Texans were suddenly plunged into unfamiliar territory. As with all remarkable events these days, people took to social media to express dismay at the sudden onset of winter in the Lone Star State.
First of all, the cold front was visible with the naked eye:
People were totally not prepared for it.
— Austin Fox. UT (@myfoxaustin) December 19, 2016
People did NOT know what to make of it:
BRO IT WAS LIKE 70 DEGREES EARLIER AND NOW ITS 20 DEGREES TEXAS WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK?!
— nate ontiveros (@NATEGAWD) December 18, 2016
Texas: let's stay warm this weekend
Also Texas : Surprise them with a cold front pic.twitter.com/R0cJNEgF7n
— fangirl.of.justice☄ (@IFandomaniac) December 18, 2016
My face hurts when I go outside.
I love it when the cold front hits in Texas and it actively punches you in the mouth. pic.twitter.com/pAioyGdPrm
— Evan Wheeler (@ekingwheeler) December 18, 2016
Three pairs of pants sounds perfectly reasonable.
texas went from nike shorts and a tshirt to 3 pairs of pants, some gloves, a hat, a big puffy jacket, and winter boots so fast
— han (@hannnnaheg) December 18, 2016
Run, run, Rudolph! WINTER IS COMING.
— Mandi (@MissMandi00) December 17, 2016
Texas: Where snuggling is roughly on par with being set on fire.
In Texas? Forget about it.
Katy, Texas …….. please pick a temperature I can not keep changing my clothes from winter to summer.
— Kaylee Hane (@kayleeee_1) December 17, 2016
Texas finally got the memo about Winter.
Texans: "Hey Texas, you know it's winter right?"
Texas: "Oh shit, I got y'all!" pic.twitter.com/mck28JvsUP
— Anthony Wagner (@Truckin_Tony) December 17, 2016
Texas…where you can watch your windows frost.
So be careful what you ask for.
Me: Hey Texas can you make it cold? It shouldn't be 80 degrees in December
Texas: ok how about a suddenly drop to a record low temperature
— Tits McGee (@jessicacjones14) December 6, 2016
But where’s the snow???
New rule. Texas is only allowed to be cold if snow is included. K thnx
— justin. (@Justringfellow) December 18, 2016
Oh there it is. Oh wait, no…sprinkler system.
Video: Eric Abrahamsen