Posted on February 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Friday, Feb 4 at 8:16 PM
SAN ANTONIO -- You’ve seen how the dusting of snow in San Antonio looks outside your window, but we’ve got a bird’s eye view of this rare occurrence from Chopper 5.
As the sun came up on this frosty Friday, it revealed a rare sight: San Antonio in the snow. Normally busy highways were closed off, leaving ribbons of white that upon first inspection looked undisturbed.
But dotting the overpasses were dozens of abandoned cars. Some drivers simply got stuck in the icy mess.
Unfortunately, some cars didn’t just get stuck, they got struck, like these two smashed up cars being towed away from 281 and St. Mary’s.
Large vehicles like trucks and buses had particular trouble getting around, with some of them left stranded when drivers simply couldn’t get them to move any more safely.
Brave souls in an ATV in far north San Antonio got out to sand the hilly roadways, paving the way for other drivers later in the morning.
Airport travel was unaffected by the local weather. You can see a plane getting ready for takeoff. Some flights were affected by cancellations elsewhere, though.
Beyond the hassle, there’s the beauty, and a look at our city in a way we rarely see it.
The Alamodome parking lots appeared as two huge ice skating rinks.
Alamo Stadium looked like it was a lot more suited to cross country skiing than a football game.
The more the sun shone, the more the ice melted, and traffic slowly began trickling back onto the highways.
It’s been years since we’ve seen anything like this here, and already, Mother Nature is thawing us out.