A storm dumped 4 feet of hail that piled up in drifts blocking access to US 287 north of Amarillo.
“It’s a lite dusting of hail on some damn rocks,” someone said about the photo of a firefighter standing next to a pile of hail that the NWS posted on their Facebook page.
A large SUV got stuck in hail up to its hood, Krissy Scotten of the National Weather Service said.
Jose Garcia, the chief forecaster for the NWS in Amarillo said, “Five to 6 feet deep hail” fell in nearby Dalhart, Texas, in 1993 during a very similar storm, It took almost a month for some roads to reopen as the compact ice melted slowly. “It was almost like huge snow drifts,” he said.
The dark color seen on the drifts is dust from the drought that Texas has been experiencing.