By Cailey Rizzo
July 01, 2019

A freak summer storm in Mexico buried one of the country’s largest cities under three feet of ice over the weekend.

Citizens of Guadalajara woke up on Sunday morning to discover that their cars had been buried underneath ice from a hailstorm overnight. Some were trapped in their homes due to the storm.

The storm transformed Guadalajara into an eerie sort of tundra. Citizens were able to go outside in short sleeves and play in the piles of white ice that had accumulated.

A man with a bike walks on hail in the eastern area of Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 30, 2019.
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“I witnessed scenes that I had never seen before: the hail more than a metre high, and then we ask ourselves if climate change is real,” Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, wrote on Twitter.

The accumulation of hail in the streets of Guadalajara buried vehicles and damaged homes.
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Men remain next to trucks buried in hail in the eastern area of Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 30, 2019
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A few days before the hail storm, temperatures in the city reached almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

As of Monday, the government of Jalisco is working with the Mexican Army to clear the roads of hail. At least six of Guadalajara’s neighborhoods were buried in the storm, according to DW. Children took advantage of the landscape and hurled snowballs at each other in the street.

Guadalajara does experience occasional summer hailstorms but Ramirez said this level of storm is unprecedented.

Almost 200 homes and businesses reported damage during the storm, according to Al Jazeera. About 50 cars were swept away by ice in some of the city’s more hilly areas. A handful of people were admitted to the hospital with the beginning symptoms of hypothermia but there weren’t any fatalities reported.

Vehicles buried in hail are seen in the streets in the eastern area of Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 30, 2019.
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