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Guadalajara woke up blanketed with up to 1 meter of ice

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 1, 2019
The Mexican city of Guadalajara woke up to a wintry surprise on Sunday morning.
LatAm   The city was blanketed with up to 1 meter of ice
The city, which has been experiencing a hot, sweaty summer, was blanketed with up to 1 meter of ice in some areas following a heavy hailstorm.

Astonishing photos have appeared on the internet of what appears to be a winter display in the city, which is located in the western part of the country, about six hours west of Mexico City.

Cars were almost covered entirely with ice and children were captured lying in the hailstones making snow angels.

On Sunday, local government officials scrambled to contain the damage and clear up the roads.

The state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is the capital city, worked with the Mexican Army and surrounding municipal authorities to remove the hail from public roads and help those whose homes were impacted.

In a tweet, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramirez said "I witnessed scenes that I had never seen before" after surveying the results of the extreme weather on Sunday morning, and attributed the freak amount of hail to the effects of climate change.

He added on Twitter, "Hail more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists."

No injuries or deaths were reported from the storms, Ramirez said.

Hailstorms are not uncommon in Guadalajara.

However, the storm unleashed a historic amount of hail on the city, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister.