@fvaraorta I've been trying to get #Icepocalypse trending, but alas, it has not gotten any traction. — Jim Bob Breazeale (@jbbreazeale) January 24, 2014
.@fvaraorta @jbbreazeale I prefer #Raspageddon. — Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) January 24, 2014
@satscribe @PuroPincheSA @PuroSanAntonio @Joeycules @fvaraorta So, it's settled then. #raspageddon it is. Someone alert the AP style guide. — Jim Bob Breazeale (@jbbreazeale) January 24, 2014There was also #aydiosfrio, which, while hilarious, didn’t have the influence of the local media behind it. Also floating around was #snowmageddon, but it lacked local color and, let’s be honest, creativity. The Informative The night was not without its perils. Fortunately, local media outlets and agencies were working tirelessly to update those who had the good sense to stay indoors. Just as people were seeking refuge in their homes, the storm decided that it was silly for you to wait out winter’s wrath with a modern convenience like electricity. Over the course of the evening, upwards of 15,000 CPS Energy customers lost power.
High winds wreaking havoc on SA power lines. About 15k customers w/o power now. Crews working to restore as quickly as possible. — CPS Energy (@cpsenergy) January 24, 2014
Crews busting to get power restored across parts of city. Check outage map for est. restoration times: http://t.co/Vsq0C0maf6 — CPS Energy (@cpsenergy) January 24, 2014TxDOT San Antonio rightly figured driving on the icy bridges would quickly turn into a deadly amateur hour, so they closed most of the freeway intersections and major overpasses.
Crews will be closing the US 281/I-410 interchange due to ice — TxDOT San Antonio (@TxDOTSanAntonio) January 24, 2014Meanwhile local news outlets were furiously updating their feeds with the latest in closures and delays. Here is the gist: If you’re a kid, you didn't have to go to school today. If you’re an adult, you’ll probably had to schlep to work at a later hour. The Reactions So how did people react to the storm? Well, some choose to panic:
San Antonio is going through the craziest weather right now oh my god what is this — emily || 241 PÆSTA (@maliksmacaroni) January 24, 2014
there's already 2,000 homes without power in San Antonio and there's ice outside already , we bouta die . — Tx (@ronnieray210) January 24, 2014
Oh no its a panic.....SNOWMAGEDDON 2014....San Antonio....are you ready??? 2 10ths of an inch of ice...we won't survive. #southtexaspeeps — Derek Mcd (@itsme_dmc) January 23, 2014
Power outage! HELP @cpsenergy before I freeze!! #brrrrr #weather #satx #SanAntonio — Veronica Valdez (@vvaldez0430) January 24, 2014
While others thought the dramatics weren’t necessary:
San Antonio is dealing with a rare event, it's something scientists refer to as "ice." — Ari Temkin (@arisports) January 24, 2014
Freezing rain in San Antonio is basically the apocalypse. Schools are closed, businesses are closed, heck there are probably riots going on. — Judson Hastings (@HastingsJudson) January 24, 2014
@SanAntonio has a sNOw day. That's a snow day with school closures but no snow. #sNOwday — Anthony Cobbs (@PastorAC) January 24, 2014Some bore witness to nature’s fury: While others made light of the situation:
The great San Antonio snowopoclypse 2013: pic.twitter.com/v90L0yTrEV — cody_bunch (@cody_bunch) January 24, 2014
Texas is basically an ice skating rink #raspageddon — Patrick Morales (@AlamoPat38) January 24, 2014Mostly, though, people posted pictures of ice on things: And then there were those who had their priorities straight, who trekked across the frozen earth to the Cowboy Breakfast, because the Cowboy Breakfast has breakfast tacos, and breakfast tacos are what matter most in the world.
@stevespriester Only in San Antonio. In the rock, paper scissors of life, breakfast tacos always crush sleet and ice. — Donna J. Tuttle (@DonnaTuttleSABJ) January 24, 2014
Ice or not.. I'm getting my free taco!! #cowboybreakfast — HeartBreakJake (@JacobRawrz) January 24, 2014And there you have it. Snowverblown 2014 has come and gone, and without any actual snow. What have we learned? Absolutely nothing. Expect the same extreme caution and frantic reaction the next time ice falls out of the sky. It’s the San Antonio way.