PHOTOS: Historic winter weather in Texas on Valentine’s Day weekend


Ice on a redbud in Georgetown from Lori Lorimor

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TEXAS (KXAN) — Valentine’s Day weekend in Texas isn’t all candy hearts and flower bouquets as historic winter weather descended on the Lone Star State — bringing hazardous icy conditions, biting cold, and in many areas, piles of snow.

Snow coming down at 5th Street and Congress Avenue in Austin. 11:30 p.m. February 14, 2020. KXAN Photo/ Frank Martinez.

On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott declared a State of Emergency and on Saturday he announced the further activation of state resources to combat perils on the state’s roads.

“The severity of this cold weather is unprecedented in Texas history,” Abbott said Saturday. “This is going to be a challenging time for Texas, but it’s a challenge our fellow Texans are up to.”

Sunday the icy roads turned dangerous for many Central Texas drivers and hundreds of customers across the region experienced power outages. As temperatures below freezing continued into Sunday night, the Austin area began to see more snowfall.

Here are some views from across the state so far.

Central Texas

In Central Texas, a Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service continues in the Austin metro area through noon Monday at least.

The Austin metro area saw thousands of customers with power outages and numerous vehicle crashes as streets became slick.

  • Round Rock Feb. 12 (KXAN/Frank Martinez)
  • Ice on trees, power lines near U.S. 183 at Braker Lane (KXAN/Tim Holcomb)
  • Near Lake Buchanan Feb. 11 - Cindy Simmons
  • Natalie Westbrook - Leander Feb. 11
  • A tree bent by ice in Jarrell Feb. 11, 2021 (Courtesy Brittany Mahn)
  • Icy broken tree limbs in Cedar Park/Leander Feb. 11, 2021 (Courtesy Mitch Cooper)
  • Branches breaking and leaning with the ice in Cedar Park Feb. 11, 2021 (Courtesy Cindy Merryman)
  • Georgetown - Tammy Gotti
  • Cactus covered in ice in Pflugerville Feb. 11, 2021 (Courtesy Rose Zepeda)
  • Falling trees in the Oak Ridge subdivision in Leander Feb. 11, 2021 (Courtesy Brooke Fowler)
  • Ice on trees near U.S. 183 at Braker Lane (KXAN/Tim Holcomb)
  • Ice on plants near U.S. 183 at Braker Lane (KXAN/Tim Holcomb)
  • Ice covering everything in Cedar Park Feb. 11, 2021 (Courtesy Karalyn Capone)

In San Antonio:

North Texas

In north Texas, snow has already fallen in Dallas/Fort Worth. Some views via Twitter below.

West Texas

In West Texas, residents of Odessa saw temperatures plunge below 20. Take a look below:

Sunday morning in Lubbock.

Meanwhile, in El Paso.

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