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Do you want to build a snowman?
By Elizabeth Tanner
Even though snow is a rare event in Texas, people knew exactly what to do when an overnight, New Year’s snowstorm blanketed areas of West Texas – build a snowman.
The storm, which first brought welcome rain on Wednesday, dropped five to eight inches of snow throughout Garza County in a second wave that lasted through Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning.
With reports of vehicles sliding off of U.S. Highway 84 due to black ice, Garza County Sheriff’s Office discouraged travel through New Year’s Day, reminding drivers to slow down, use caution and move over for emergency personnel and first responders.
However, travel wasn’t on local residents’ minds as they awoke to the winter wonderland outside. Bundling up, many spent New Year’s Day enjoying the unexpected snow. And, with more than enough raw material blanketing the ground, snowmen, big and small, began popping up throughout the city limits.
With the snow beginning to melt Saturday morning as highs hit 52 degrees, the National Weather Service forecasted warmer weather as 2021 continues.