Barbecue, cat photos and snowball fights: Texans grapple with winter.

Feb 16, 2021 Travel News

Barbecue, cat photos and snowball fights: Texans grapple with winter.

Until last week, Texas wasn’t well known for its dangerous winter conditions or its ability to cope with it. More than 120 accidents were reported on slippery roads in and around Houston on Sunday evening.

Still, some Texans have embraced the shock of snow, ice and freezing temperatures with the kind of enthusiasm that could only come from the Lone Star State.

“Oh – medium-rare is the way to go,” said Ryan Villanueva, 20 from Weslaco, in the Rio Grande Valley, who shared his winter cooking technique on Twitter. “If it’s more than well or well done, it’s a piece of rubber.”

Mr Villanueva was describing the four and a half inch rib eye steaks he had just grilled on his barbecue as snow fell all around him on Sunday night. “I wanted to cook something good for my family.”

Lighting the fire in the cold was not easy. “It’s kinda hard trying to get started, because the wind is blowing, you’re there with shaking hands and cold matches that are wet for some reason,” he recalls. Mr. Villanueva finally lit the fire using an odorless charcoal lighter. The end result: “It was very good.”

“Lady Bird didn’t like it,” said Victoria Martinez, 26, of her cat’s reaction to the snow. But Lady Bird’s partner, LBJ, “wanted to run in the yard,” she said.

“Their personalities are completely opposite,” said Ms. Martinez, who plans to study marriage and family therapy.

Christoph Schittko was in downtown Dallas on Sunday en route to a park for sledding with his wife and son when a car, then two skiers, passed them. Mr. Schittko’s reaction: “I was laughing out loud.”

Ian Camfield, a broadcaster from England, posted a photo of the outdoor swimming pool at his apartment complex in Dallas.

He has a podcast on how much he loves America, and the cold weather has prompted requests to return home. Mr Camfield said he had been called by radio stations and friends asking for dispatches on the snow in Texas. “I think they’re just fascinated by it,” he said.

The purest expression of fun can come from Maeven Evans, 19, from Lewisville, Texas, about 30 minutes north of Dallas. In a short video, Ms. Evans smiles and syncs the lyrics to a song: “It’s just water.”

“I chose this song,” she said, “because in Texas, if the meteorologist says snow, it usually turns to water.”

This time it was snow – but it wasn’t the snowball kind, Ms Evans discovered. Regardless: she and her roommate used large plastic container lids to throw things on top of each other – a snowball fight without snowballs.

“Just do with what you have,” she advised her neighbors. “We don’t know when we’ll have snow like this.”

More snow is scheduled for Monday.