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These Photos Show How No One In Texas Was Prepared For This Much Snow

Texas was just one of the states to experience a strong snowstorm over Presidents Day weekend.

Last updated on February 16, 2021, at 8:39 p.m. ET

Posted on February 16, 2021, at 12:21 p.m. ET

Over the long weekend, Texas and many places in the central United States experienced extreme weather, receiving up to 8 inches of snow. At least three deaths have been reported, and Texas residents are advised to stay home. For a region that doesn't see snow at all most winters, the subfreezing temperatures and arctic temperatures caused a lot of damage — including massive power outages affecting millions and traffic brought to a crawl. Texas has reported wind chills as low as 15 below zero, the lowest temperature seen in decades. The cold has put an unprecedented strain on the electrical grid, with the governor and state legislators calling for overall reforms to the power system as people without heat turn to unsafe means to stay warm.

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A homeless man uses a grill for heat
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Tim tends a fire he used for heat and cooking at a homeless camp in Austin on Feb. 16, 2021, during an extreme cold snap.

David J. Phillip / AP

People sit at a dining room table inside a Gallery Furniture store after the owner opened his business as a shelter for those without power, Feb. 16, 2021, in Houston. More than 4 million people in Texas still had no power a full day after historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures created a surge of demand for electricity to warm up homes unaccustomed to such extreme lows, buckling the state's power grid and causing widespread blackouts.

A group of young women posing for a photo together in front of a frozen fountain
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Baylor University students enjoy their snow day without classes while posing near a fountain on campus Monday in Waco, Texas.

Two people walking past a mural in Austin Texas in the snow
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Pedestrians walk along a snow-covered street on Feb. 15 in Austin.

A family of one man and three children wearing winter coats indoors
Brett Coomer / AP

Eithan Colindres wears a winter coat inside after the apartment his family lives in the Greenspoint area that lost power following an overnight snowfall on Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston. Temperatures plunged into the teens Monday with light snow and freezing rain.

Two cows behind fencing on a snowy landscape in Texas
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Cattle roam a field as they graze with the rest of their herd on Feb. 13, 2021, in Midland, Texas.

People grabbing at cases of water in a supermarket
Ronald W. Erdrich / Reuters

Shoppers crowd a display of bottled water at a United Supermarkets location not long after the city announced it had two to three hours of water left at normal consumption, due to loss of electric power caused by the winter storm in Abilene, Texas, on Feb. 15.

A woman sleds down a hill on her stomach chased by her dog
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Megan Pennartz and her dog Jensen go sledding after the snowstorm in Fort Worth, Texas.

A young girl sledding down a hill
Juan Figueroa / AP

Mia Donjuan, 4, falls off her sled as she slides down a hill in the Elmwood neighborhood of Dallas on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

People at a crowded snowy intersection try to push their cars out of harm's way
Jerry Larson / AP

People push a car free after spinning out in the snow Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Waco, Texas.

A smiling man cleaning snow off his car
Briana Sanchez / Reuters

Francisco Sanchez wipes snow off his car with a boogie board before going out sledding with his kids on Valentine's Day at Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas.

A snowy overhead scene in Austin showing snow-covered streets and a few cars
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South Lamar Boulevard is one of the main roads that run into downtown Austin, pictured here covered in snow with the Austin cityscape on the horizon.

Two pairs of people walking down extremely snowy roads in Texas
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Pedestrians walk on an icy road on Feb. 15 in East Austin.

A man walks around with a sweatshirt and blanket to stay warm
David J. Phillip / AP

A man peers out from under a blanket while trying to stay warm in below-freezing temperatures Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston.

A family curls up around the fire indoors
Smiley N. Pool / AP

Dan Bryant and his wife, Anna, huddle by the fire with sons Benny, 3, and Sam, 12 weeks, along with their dog Joey, also wearing two doggie sweaters, with power out and temperatures dropping inside their home after a winter storm brought snow and freezing temperatures to North Texas on Feb. 15.

A long line of people waiting outside the supermarket
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People wait in line at a mall to get inside an H-E-B supermarket in Round Rock, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Two people buy meat in a supermarket with a flashlight as the power is out
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Customers use the light from a cellphone to look in the meat section of a grocery store Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Dallas. Even though the store lost power, it was open for cash-only sales.

A cactus with its spines covered in ice
Eli Hartman / AP

Ice clings to the spines of a prickly pear cactus Saturday in Midland, Texas.


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