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One year ago many San Antonians were left in the dark with winter weather alerts for 8 days

Arctic air was in place three days before the first Winter Storm Warning was issued in San Antonio.

Teresa Velasco

Published: 5:53 PM CST February 17, 2022
Updated: 6:23 PM CST February 17, 2022

As San Antonians bathe in 70-degree weather this week, it's hard to imagine the events of one year ago, when many were without heat, water, electricity and groceries due to Winter Storm Uri. 

The historic winter storm that occurred on Valentine's Day 2021 brought dangerously cold temperatures for several days. Uri had a major impact to all Texans, and although the damage is still being fully assessed, the event could go down as the first billion-dollar disaster of 2021 globally, surpassing even Hurricane Harvey, according to the National Weather Service

Here's what San Antonians experienced one year ago and why winter alerts lasted for eight days. 

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