CLEVELAND - This is an incredible story. A slow moving severe thunderstorm moved across Potter County, in the Texas Panhandle Wednesday afternoon. The result was one of the most incredible scenes you will see!
A photo sent in to the National Weather Service Office in Amarillo confirms the event. Hail from this thunderstorm accumulated over parts of the county up to 4 feet deep. Look at the firefighter standing in the middle of the melting piles of ice.
According to observers, when you touched the ice, the hail crumbled to the ground. The Texas Department of Transportation had to close northbound highway 287, near Masterson, between Amarillo and Dumas, while snowplows cleared the roads of all the hail.
The large hail "drifts" formed due to heavy rain run-off. The flowing water carried the hail with it, before depositing it in big piles. This was confirmed by eye-witnesses & National Weather Service Amarillo. Here is a link to video of the melting hail creating a torrent of ice and water across the Texas countryside: http://on.wews.com/HDN0GE
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