Freak hailstorm in Mexico buries cars, swamps streets in up to 5 feet of ice



One of Mexico's largest cities was transformed into a scene straight out of winter Sunday when a freak hailstorm dropped a deluge of ice that left streets impassable and cars buried.
The hailstorm in Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City, came after several days during which temperatures approached 90 degrees.
"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," State Governor Enrique Alfaro said on Twitter.
Residents across the city of around five million woke up Sunday morning to discover mounds of ice up to five feet deep in places from the overnight storm, Agence France-Presse reported.
Up to five feet of hail fell from the storm early Sunday, swamping streets across Guadalajara, Mexico.
Up to five feet of hail fell from the storm early Sunday, swamping streets across Guadalajara, Mexico. (Protección Civil JAL)
Around 200 homes and businesses reported damage from the hail, according to AFP.
The storm struck Guadalajara, Mexico early Sunday, trapping residents in a deluge of ice up to 5 feet deep.
The storm struck Guadalajara, Mexico early Sunday, trapping residents in a deluge of ice up to 5 feet deep.
Photos posted by police showed vehicles that had been swept away and then trapped in the icy deluge.
Vehicles lie entombed in ice after a freak hailstorm struck Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.
Vehicles lie entombed in ice after a freak hailstorm struck Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday. (Protección Civil JAL)