It's hard to think about it now with the balmy days we've seen, but just three years ago, Houston had its earliest snow on record. A near perfect combination of factors came together to allow the flakes to fall furiously in Southeast Texas. A low pressure system came out of the Hill Country, drawing in Gulf moisture. At the same time, a pocket of cold air descended from the north. The precipitation began as rain because the temperatures aloft were slightly warmer than the ground. which was close to or at freezing. As the rain fell, it helped cool all of the atmosphere above the ground and soon, only snow was falling. Oddly enough, the heaviest bands fell south of town. Here are some of the accumulations from that event:
On a personal note, I was anticipating that snow, but when I saw Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel parked downtown, I knew it was going to happen. Here's a picture of the two of us on the Sabine St. bridge:
It all melted by the next day, but it was quite a treat. No repeat today - just some much-needed rain showers. Do you have a remembrance or photo to share?