Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Freak hailstorm buries area of western Mexico in ice

Freak hailstorm buries area of western Mexico in ice

In some areas, the thickness of the layer of snow and ice reaches more than a meter.

Surreal pictures from the scene show cars buried by the ice, in what locals have described as an "unprecedented" level of hail.

Now no information on casualties.

The incident was only delighted local children.

Six of Guadalajara's suburbs awoke to find their streets entirely blanketed in ice, despite 30C (86F) temperatures the day before.

No casualties were reported, but two people showed "early signs of hypothermia", the state Civil Protection office said.

A freak hailstorm hit western Mexico on Sunday, burying the city of Guadalajara under 1.5m of ice, according to CNN.

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Addressing the storm on social media, Jalisco state Gov. Enrique Alfaro Ramirez wrote that he had never seen weather like this before.

The hailstorm in Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City, came after several days during which temperatures approached 90 degrees. "Certainly we're expecting to see more of these convective storms in the future", said Prof Fowler.

"Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real".

Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities with about 5 million residents, has been hit by hailstorms before, but the severity of Sunday's event reportedly exceeds all those on record.

The size of the hailstones in Guadalajara were less than one centimeter in diameter, much smaller than the golf-ball sized hailstones sometimes seen during hailstorms in the United States, the BBC reported.

As government officials scrambled to contain the damage and clear up roads, residents captured jaw-dropping footage of vehicles and residences swallowed by ice.

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