Suburban Assault

North Texas Ice Storm 2013

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We’re having a true winter storm coming through my town of Richardson, Texas. It’s a big one too, stretching pretty far south while also effecting several states to the north and east of us. Since we don’t have them very often, Texans are usually not prepared and the whole area shuts down. This storm was a bit worse, since we skipped the snow and went straight to ice. The roads are a covered in it and too treacherous for many cars. Most folks just stay home.

Since the roads were mostly empty, I thought I would try my luck getting around on my bike. I didn’t get far, but I was able to survey the storm damage in my neighborhood. It became pretty apparent that nature took a big hit from this storm as well. Since our warm temperatures were lingering through the fall, the leaves on the trees seemed to be taking a bit longer to drop. We also have a lot of like oaks in my neighborhood which drop their leaves in the spring. The ice just accumulated on these leaves and brought many of the branches down, breaking a few right off of their trunks. Unfortunately, with our temperatures staying below freezing for the next few days, thing are going to get worse.

Fortunately for us, we still have power – and heat. There are a lot of homes in the area without and I hope those folks are able to stay warm and safe until it gets fixed.

Stay warm and be careful out there.

Tree Damage

Tree Damage

Tree Damage


Here is a short video of me riding through my neighborhood:

Written by dickdavid

December 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

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  1. I lived in CenTex for twenty years and when we had the ice it was brutal on the roads, stay safe. I enjoy living in Florida now even more when I see these storms on the news.

    Greg Urbano

    December 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

  2. Those are some pretty dramatic images. Stay safe. The cold storm dropping some rain (and snow in the mountains) on us right now will probably be in Texas in another couple days.


    December 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

  3. Wow! It’s hard to believe that’s Texas. Brutal conditions for that part of the world. When I visited Houston for work more than a decade a go, the locals were complaining about a cold snap and it wasn’t anything near as bad as what you’re experiencing now.


    December 8, 2013 at 12:48 am

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