Winter weather bites back in the Crossroads

Jesse Moreno, 28, of Victoria, marks the bases at the baseball fields next to Riverside Stadium. Moreno is part of a crew that marks the bases before every home baseball game, no matter the weather. "There isn't anything wrong with a little change of weather, but I would prefer it to be hot," Moreno said.

Children at Shiner Catholic School marveled at Mother Nature's about-face Monday, said Father Kirby Hlavaty.

About lunchtime, marble-sized hail pummeled the area, and winds stripped the greening trees of their leaves. Hlavaty snapped photos of a nearby storm drain struggling and potted plants floating.

"Of course, the kids were wild and were all looking out the windows," he said. "We've had every season all in one day now."

In Victoria, the temperature dropped 17 degrees in three hours with winds gusting up to 48 miles per hour.

The cold weather is expected to continue until at least Wednesday, when an anticipated low of 39 degrees in the morning is supposed to break a record of 40 degrees set in 1928, said Lara Keys, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Todd Beal, also a meteorologist, said the weather was caused by a cold front from Canada sweeping down the state.

He said our area only experienced brief showers.

Thousands were without power, though. Victoria Electric Cooperative restored power to 692 customers without it for about two hours, said Brittany Marsh, communication specialist.

AEP spokesman Elgin Janssen said its largest outage involving about 1,000 customers was north of business U.S. Highway 59 along Ben Jordan Street.

"We had a breaker that was locked out due to trees, but we were able to restore power to all but 80 of those customers within 30 minutes," he said.

The remaining 80 were back in service by 1:30 p.m., he said.

Morgan Matula, 33, checked the weather Monday morning when getting her two elementary students ready for school but wasn't prepared for her drive home.

Her drive from work in Schulenburg to her Hallettsville home, which is normally 20 minutes, took a little longer because she had to pull over during the hail storm.

"At first, I thought it was a rock," she said.

Her vehicle was not damaged.

Elsewhere, the $175 worth of hibiscus flowers Michael Furrh and his wife planted at their Shiner home were destroyed during the hail storm

"We'll go back out and try again," the Gonzales paramedic said of his planting efforts, chuckling.

Hlavaty saw water on the gymnasium floor. He wasn't sure if the water was blown in from some windows or if the roof of the structure, built in the 1958, was leaking because of the bad weather.

A maintenance worker will be checking for damage in the next few days, he said.

Tuesday's high in Victoria is expected to be 67 degrees with temperatures dipping to 39 degrees at night.

The high Wednesday will be 72 degrees, Beal said.