New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852,National Weather Service records half-inch of snow here
■ STORY BELOWThe Snow of 2011 as seen through the eyes of our readers
■ PAGES 5, 10Local road crews work around the clock clearing the way
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50«Storm turns some Super Bowl plans into Super Mess
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RARE WINTER STORM BLOWS THROUGH COMAL COUNTY
‘Never seen snow before’
‘Amazing’ white stuff thrills local children
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Luke Wonder, left, glides on the snow inside a canoe while being pulled by Sean Crabtree on Friday morning.
Half-inch of snow recorded; temperatures rise
By Will Wright
By mid-afternoon Friday, there were few remnants from the overnight ice and snow that glazed New Braunfels and Comal County.
1-35 opened up by midday, as had most of the streets in the city, and tow trucks busied themselves clearing stuck cars from roads throughout the county.
Over at the National Weather Service office, forecasters were happy to report some good news — lots of sun and higher temperatures over the next few days. It’s been a long week for the weathermen, whose forecasts pretty much got it right.
“Well, we kind of missed the ice falling before the snow—which made things a
See WEATHER, Page 10
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Someone wrote "Texas?" in the snow outside of Gruene General Store, possibly as a way of commentary on Friday's rare snowfall.
Local authorities work dozens of accidents
By Greg Bowen
The rare blanket of snow that New Braunfels woke up to Friday morning was, well
“It’s so amazing,” said 13-year-old Shelby Gorzelle.
Actually, Shelby didn’t just say that, she screamed it out in pure joy as she crunched across the half-inch deep white stuff on Guenther Avenue with her friend, Malori Oldham.
“I’ve never seen snow before," Shelby said. “I woke up and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, Mom, It snowed! Then I ran outside and I slipped and I slid and I picked up a handful and I ran to Malori’s house and we played snowball fights.”
Malori, 13, did something she’d never had the chance to do before.
“I made my first snow angel,” said the bundled-up, stocking-capped teen. “I got a text this morning. It was like, ‘No school this morning! Get up and look at the snow! I got up and put all this on and I ran outside, and when my mom came in to wake me up, I was already outside."
Shelby said, “I didn’t get to see it fall. I wish I could have seen it fall.”
“That would have been so pretty,” Malori agreed.
"Look! She has a snowman on her car!” Malori exclaimed as a driver passed by, slowly, a small snowman with arms made of twigs riding atop the little blue compact.
On the hill in front of St. John’s church, Warren and Tanya Caples and friend Mike Morris had their six bundled-up little ones making snow angels and trying out the slip-
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Ethan Ream, 6, rides a trash can lid being pulled by his dad, Eric, as they play in the snow on Friday.
pery slope on makeshift sleds made of big plastic storage-bin tops.
Little Lucy Caples, 4, had never seen snow before. She tasted the flakes of it that had accumulated on the fingertips of her oversized mittens.
“We’re going to go walk downtown to see how it looks,” Warren said.
On Coll Street, 9-year-old Jordan Hassmann was pelting his dad, Joe, with flaky snowballs that wouldn’t quite hold together.
“He’s been throwing snow at me pretty much for 30 minutes,” Joe said. “We’re waiting until it starts melting and maybe he can get a snowball to stick together.”
It was Jordan’s first experience with snow.
“We’re just checking it out. Jordan might not see this again until he’s about 20,” Joe said.
‘I guess they were right this time’
Over on Magazine Avenue, 8-year-old Gabriele Alonzo and his 5-year-old sister,
See SNOW, Page 10
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By Will Wright
New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriff’s Office had a busier than normal day because of Friday’s icy conditions.
Together, they worked dozens of accidents, but the number of calls might’ve been higher had people not decided to stay home.
“Wie appreciate those folks who
stayed off the roads and stayed home, along with the caution of drivers who were on the road,” CCSO Lt. Mark Reynolds said. “It was a pretty good day, considering the weather we had.” Overnight, 1-35 was closed through the city, as were several icy overpasses. Law enforcement officials barricaded roads leading downhill and uphill, such as
See ROADS, Page 10
Snow and ice on Interstate 35 caused the road to be temporarily shut down on Friday morning.
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