We just had a few days of weather here in Austin, Texas. It's left the city a wreck. Again.
To understand what happened, my memory of the days as they unfolded went a bit like this:
Around Saturday January 28th, we knew we were getting a cold front and that the oddly warm weeks of January we'd been experiencing would soon end (the 28th had a high around 60, but we'd seen the 70's several times during the month). On Sunday the 29th, suddenly the "it'll be cold and just over freezing, and it will rain" forecast we'd been hearing changed. Suddenly we were to expect freezing temps, rain and ice.
I work from home these days, and I didn't think much of it. It sounded like a pain, but this wasn't the same as the multi-day freeze in the teens and 20's we experienced in February 2021 that took out the city and led to PTSD for almost all of us who sat in the dark, trapped in our houses for days, wondering if we'd die in our own homes. This would be 24-48 hours of nasty cold and some wet and then we'd be back to normal temps. We do this every other year or so.
But then on Monday the schools started closing early and planning closings on Tuesday and Wednesday.
What happened, starting Monday evening and through Wednesday, was that Austin received a tremendous amount of rain, ice, grapple and other precipitation and the temps fell below freezing. My own measurements tell me we got something like 2.5 inches of moisture.