Snow Day Redux

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

The snow struck Runnels County again! It seems that Mother Nature has surprises in store for Texas this year, as the area was struck with the 2nd snowstorm in 10 days.

County roads and frontage roads were covered in snow for most of the day on January 10.

Leading up to the snow, the National Weather Service (NWS) had put out a winter storm warning for the area. The warning said that the county could expect anywhere from 4"-8" of snow, "with with locally higher amounts of 8 to 10 inches possible." The snow started in the wee hours of the morning of January 10th, with snow falling steadily throughout the day. The temperatures rose into the mid-30s as the snow continued to fall, causing a a wintry slush from the snow melting off of trees and power lines.

TXDOT snowplows were in Runnels County, clearing the state highways and several county roads.

Between December 31 and January 1, a total of 2" of snow fell in the county. The estimated total snowfall on January 10 was 5", depending on which weather service you use. The snow fell throughout the entire day, creating a winter wonderland that is rare in these parts. Snowmen and snow-women popped up everywhere! Good natured snowball fights broke out in yards throughout the city.

A mustang, adopted from the Bureau of Land Management and his goat companions brave the snow. A white donkey peers from inside the stable, out of the snow.

The snow totals for both snow events have put Runnels County well over their annual average snowfall of 1". In another unusual sight for this area, TXDOT snowplows were seen going along the highways just after sunrise and throughout the day. 

A snowman stands in front of a round bale of hay and greets passersby on January 10.

According to Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres, there were no serious accidents in the county. Ballinger City Manage Brian Frieda said that there were no major issues in town. The previous snow storm knocked out power to homes around the county. Some residents didn't have power for up to 24 hours. Coleman County Electric Co-op and AEP had trucks strategically placed throughout the county in order to respond rapidly to any power outages.

What the cluck? A chicken on a mission. No amount of snow is going to deter this girl from getting her breakfast.

The snow will help out with the drought conditions that were building at the end of 2020. While the snow isn't those long, soft, rains that we need, it will certainly help as it slowly melts and is absorbed into the ground.

Prickly Pear cactus sit covered in snow.

This weekend will be a return to our usual Texas winter weather. Thursday is forecast to be 67 degrees with a 10-15 MPH W/SW wind. The wind will shift N/NW in the afternoon, with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Thursday night the winds will settle down a bit, to 10 mph with a low of 32.

Friday will be sunny with a high of 57 degrees. The winds will continue to come in from the N/NW at around 10 mph. The low is 31 degrees. The NW wind will be around 5 mph and will shift SW during the night.

Saturday should be beautiful, with a high near 65 degrees  and clear, sunny skies. Clouds will moved in overnight as the low dips to 33 degrees.

Sunday has a high of 56 under partly cloudy skies and an 11 MPH wind out of the NE. The mercury will dip to 34 degrees.