As a Texan, I’ll be the first to admit the state is woefully incapable of dealing with sub-60 degree temperatures, but that’s exactly why this week’s record lows (7 degrees F) and snowfall totals (6 inches) are utterly crippling our infrastructure.
I’m lucky to be one of the few with power (at least for right now,) but for nearly 2 million Texans, heat and running water have suddenly become a “luxury” and failing power grids coupled with longer-than-expected planned outages have become a serious threat.
We thought we’d take the opportunity then, to show you how people throughout the state are coping with the cold front and some of the things they’re seeing during this once-in-a-lifetime weather event.
1. “Probably the best picture I have ever taken of Mops. She enjoyed the Texas snow today!”
2.”My parents let the dog go outside after the storm. These are the resulting footprints”
3. “Plowing snow with a cardboard TV box.”
4. My Mother in Texas made some incredible octopus Art out of the snow to bring some light into the dark times.
7. “At least one guy is enjoying the Texas blackouts.”
8. “Left the faucet dripping to keep the pipes from freezing. It didn’t work out. Taylor, Texas.”
10. “Guess I’ll just wait til next week.”
11. I mean, it’s not often you get the opportunity to snowboard in Texas.
12. Going to the restroom in Texas today. (Real pic from a house in Dallas)
13. View from Houston on Valentine’s Day.
14. “It finally snows in Texas and the only local ski slope is being guarded”
15. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
16. “What in the East coast nonsense is this TEXAS?!?! Who do I need to write about this snowy situation I am not pleased! This is my backyard and I have questions!”
17. Here’s the inside of a frozen chicken egg.
“This winter storm system is testing us in many ways. Pushing us to our limits. Creating challenges we didn’t expect and require us to make tough decisions.
It’s hard to see the beauty in any of this snow through the pits in our stomachs, shivering animals, no running water, and no power for over 100 hours at the farm. We’ve all been doing our best to keep the eggs warm and the animals fed, but this egg got away.
Here’s the inside of a frozen chicken egg.”