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BIG Snow in Texas and Cold Nationally

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Snow on palm trees isn’t something that you see everyday! A winter storm over West Texas and Southeast New Mexico will have some folks shoveling later today… do folks in Texas/New Mexico even own shovels? Thanks to @household6diva for the pictures below!

Big Snow in Texas

They say that everything is BIG in Texas! How about snowfall amounts today! A WINTER STORM WARNING continues for west Texas through Friday. Some could walk away with over 8″ by the time this is all said and done. Thanks to Tim Brice from the NWS out of El Paso, TX for the NOWcast/picture below where it looks more like Colorado!

See the full NOWcast HERE:

Winter Storm Warnings

The National Weather Service has issued WINTER STORM WARNINGS/WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES for parts of Texas and New Mexico through Friday.

COLD AIR ALREADY IN PLACE ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE REINFORCED BY A WEAK FRONT TODAY. MEANWHILE… A STRONG UPPER LOW TRACKING ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO THIS MORNING WILL SWING ACROSS THE REGION FRIDAY. PRECIPITATION HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING BETWEEN THE DAVIS AND GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS AND WILL EXPAND THROUGH THE DAY… SPREADING NORTHEAST TODAY AND TONIGHT. 4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN THE FIRST 12 HOURS IN THE WARNED AREA… WITH STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES AND ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES POSSIBLE. 1 TO 3 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE ADVISORY AREA…WITH THE BULK OF THE SNOWFALL EXPECTED DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. SNOW WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF FRIDAY MORNING AS THE STORM SYSTEM LIFTS NORTHEAST.

Snowfall Forecast

There will be a large swath of 2″ to 5″ in the area, but isolated 8″+ amount certainly won’t be out of the realm of possibility for the higher elevations. The graphic below is the RPM forecast through Friday.

The graphic below is from the NWS out of Midland/Odessa, TX. See more HERE:

El Paso, TX

This was the view from the El Paso Ranger Peak 6 webcam from 7:30am MT. Note that visibilities are being reduced a bit due to the falling snow.

Here was that same webcam 2 hours later… note how the mountain disappeared due to heavier snow falling!

Cloudcroft, NM

Here’s the view from Cloudcroft, NM where snow was falling earlier today. It is expected to continue through Thursday. See the webcam HERE:

El Paso, TX Snow Stats

Here are a few of the top January snowfalls in the El Paso area. The official NWS forecast for El Paso calls for 1″ to 3″ which if it verifies will fall short of the greatest January snowfall for El Paso. The largest January snowfall for El Paso is 4.5″ set on January 2nd, 1973.

January 3rd, 2013 U.S. Snow Cover

According to NOAA’s NOHRSC, 64.9% of the nation was covered in snow.

U.S. Snow Cover One Month Ago

This is crazy! Take a look at how much different the landscape looked like nearly 1 month ago. According to NOAA’s NOHRSC only 6% of the nation was covered in snow!

2010’s Winter on Steroids

I think with this recent snow across West Texas and New Mexico, we could very well get close that the highest snow cover in 2010, which seemed to be a winter on steroids.

Another Interesting 2010 Stat

You may remember this one. On February 13, 2010 49 out of 50 states had snow cover!! A feat that is hardly ever accomplished during a winter season.

Thanks for checking in on this Thursday, have a great weekend ahead!

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