A freak snowfall dumped a foot of snow on Dallas, Fort Worth, and other southern and middle Texas cities on Wednesday (16 January).
A freak snowfall dumped a foot of snow on Dallas, Fort Worth, and other southern and middle Texas cities on Wednesday (16 January). It was the heaviest snowfall on record in the area, which normally never sees snow.
The storm caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, and took at least six lives. One of those slain was found dead of exposure; the others died in traffic accidents caused by icy roads and fog.
Texas roofs and telephone wires, not constructed to endure the weight of such depths of snow, collapsed. A hangar at Fort Worth's airport, for example, collapsed under the weight of snow on its roof and largely destroyed 15 private airplanes stored inside. In the same city, the roof of a Coca-cola bottling plant collapsed.
Automobile traffic was, of course, hopelessly snarled. At Love Field, the Dallas Airport, hundreds of stranded passengers milled around. The airport called out what snow removal equipment it had--but had to used various makeshift devices as well in order to partially clear the snow.
Following the snow, a sever freeze turned slush from the melting snow to ice and guaranteed another day of hazardous driving.