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Waking to a winter wonderland

Second ‘big’ snow in two years falls overnight


Not a day for a trip to Veterans Memorial Park, which looked like this at dawn Friday as Rockdale shivered under a three-inch snow. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Not a day for a trip to Veterans Memorial Park, which looked like this at dawn Friday as Rockdale shivered under a three-inch snow. Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale area residents went to bed Thursday night in Texas and awoke Friday morning in Minnesota.

In bet ween the area got socked with its second big snowfall in as many years.

Well, big for Rockdale. But this one was estimated at two to three inches. In February, 2010, the town got an unexpected five-inch snowfall.

This one had been expected and weather forecasters got it exactly right.

Temperat u re s had been below freezing since Tuesday and a storm system heading northeast out of New Mexico dragged enough moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico to fuel snow over much of Texas.

Classes were canceled throughout the area, including Rockdale, and many businesses also too the day off.

Several “sliding into the ditch” incidents were reported to police.


Preview of the luge in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Haven Jimenez (L) and Hannah Lehmkuhl roar down a convenient slanted driveway. Preview of the luge in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Haven Jimenez (L) and Hannah Lehmkuhl roar down a convenient slanted driveway. The snow depa r ted just about as quickly as it came. Temperatures climbed above freezing by noon and by late afternoon streets were clear with a few patches of snow and ice clinging to shaded and elevated areas.



A Yankee snowman, in more ways than one, was built by Haley Wright, RHS freshman, during her ‘snow day’ Friday. A Yankee snowman, in more ways than one, was built by Haley Wright, RHS freshman, during her ‘snow day’ Friday.

Above, a New England pond? No, its a frozen-over Brushy Creek slough northwest of Rockdale. At right, remember when Rockdale’s Allday Street water tower overflowed in 20-degree weather two weeks ago and caused a one-block ice storm? It happened again Thursday but this time the icestorm was part of one that covered two thirds of the United States. Above, a New England pond? No, its a frozen-over Brushy Creek slough northwest of Rockdale. At right, remember when Rockdale’s Allday Street water tower overflowed in 20-degree weather two weeks ago and caused a one-block ice storm? It happened again Thursday but this time the icestorm was part of one that covered two thirds of the United States.

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