AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Snow blanketed parts of Texas on Sunday, making roads slick and causing some power outages.
The storm system brought several inches of snow to some areas that don’t usually see such wintry weather, including Austin and College Station.
In Austin, Elizabeth Newman’s 8-year-old daughter threw snowballs outside their home on Sunday. Newman told the Austin American-Statesman that it was “a happy surprise,” especially for children, to get snow this year
More than 36,000 residents were without power across Austin at one point on Sunday, Austin Energy said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Brady said Sunday afternoon that some areas of Williamson County, located north of Austin, had gotten up to 5 inches (12.70 centimeters) of snow.
“Usually, it's not too common across the region,” Brady said.
In West Texas, the small city of Denver City had gotten 9 inches (22.86 centimeters) of snow as of late Sunday morning, said Marissa Pazos, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Lubbock.
Snow is much more common in the northwestern part of the state. “This is a seasonal storm for us, it's not outside of the norm,” she said.