Winter pays a rare visit to the South.
On any “normal” day, if someone showed me this picture and asked me to guess where it was taken, Houston wouldn’t be at the top of my guesses. So this was a photo taken in Pearland, Texas, a southern suburb of Houston. An impressive, historic winter storm managed to churn up to 4″ of snow in some locations of Southeastern Texas. Pretty impressive, hm? Not impressed? Well, think of this. Houston has only seen snow 33 times since 1895: 8 times in December, 12 in January, 1 in February and 1 in March. This isn’t an annual occurrence. In fact, this storm set a record! It wasn’t until now that Houston has seen snow for 2 consecutive years in a row. It even managed to snow briefly in Galveston–though none of it really stuck there. Some snow totals are as follows: Houston Bush Int’l – 1″, Pearland – 2″, Wharton – 3″, Boling – 4″.
Let’s not forget our friends in Louisiana. The cold side of this storm infiltrated the state and quickly switched rain into snow resulting in significant accumulations as well. Snow totals of up to 3″ were reported in central Louisiana. Even Metro Baton Rouge saw some flakes Friday evening–up to an inch in some spots. This event brought the earliest winter snowfall on record for many areas in the state.
Needless to say, this event stirred things up. Schools, businesses and government offices closed. Traffic was a nightmare. You may laugh and think that a few inches of snow is nothing (if you’re up north), but keep in mind it’s rare to even see 1″ of snow… let alone 3 or 4.
So where did that storm go? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a meteorologist!) to answer that when looking at the radar (shown below). The Appalachains got dumped on today. Up to 8″ snow totals were possible in West Virginia and Virginia. The snow is not over just yet, but snow totals in general will range between 2″ and 4″ with higher amounts in Maine as the storm exits by Sunday morning.