The rose bushes are covered by snow outside a church on Friday in Spring, Texas, north of Houston. Rare snowfalls in many parts of South Texas have left thousands of people without power, caused numerous accidents along slippery roads and closed schools. The weather band brought snow to San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston and other places. (David J. Phillip / AP)
Southerners woke up with a magical vision on Friday morning: snow, from Texas to Alabama. Even Brownsville, the southernmost city in the Lone Star state, went into action on Friday morning.
More than 100,000 customers lost energy in the south due to heavy snowfall that knocked down branches and power lines. It is the same storm that is accelerating to bring up a foot of snow to the Mid and Northeast Atlantic.
Reports of snowfall are accumulating in Houston, and meteorologists at Space City weather approach from a coating to 2 inches of snow in the Houston area. With the road teams ill-prepared to deal with snow and ice, the roads were slippery on Friday morning, which caused several accidents.
Matt Lanza, of Space City Weather, calculated that the storm will be ranked in the top 10 to 15 in Houston. The total snowfall at College Station, approximately 95 miles northwest of Houston, was more impressive.
"Obviously, College Station did pretty well last night," Lanza said in a message on Friday morning. "They received 5 [inches] officially, which would place it as their second largest recorded snow."
Between this and Hurricane Harvey, Texas has certainly seen its share of extreme weather this year.
Even residents of Corpus Christi, the south Texas city along the Gulf Coast, saw four inches of snow, the first since 2004, and was reported to be lightning in Brownsville.
Cold temperatures behind a cold front combined with humidity in the Gulf of Mexico have produced a rare snowfall on December 7 and December 8 in many parts of southern and southeastern Texas. (AP)
The storm was moving east on Friday morning, and areas from Louisiana to western North Carolina were already seeing heavy, wet snow at 10 am, which will continue for most of the day . Thundersnow was reported in Louisiana, and five inches of snow had already accumulated in Jackson, Miss.
The rain will gradually turn to snow in the southeast and mid-Atlantic on Friday, extending north to New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Friday night. 19659012] Aerial view of the south side of Corpus Christi this morning, via @ kiii3news Facebook page. #txwx pic.twitter.com/rQAvbb2TZ1
– Rob Hart (@rqhart) December 8, 2017
No, this was not filmed at the North Pole. pic.twitter.com/humOQqRKij
– WWL-TV (@WWLTV) December 8, 2017
Frosty the Snowman makes an appearance … in Brownsville, Texas! Photo credit: US Customs and Border Protection pic.twitter.com/nHag0XEFpF
– NWS Brownsville (@NWSBrownsville) December 8, 2017
Warren Wilson College's clbades they are canceled on Friday, December .8, 2017, due to the current and imminent winter weather. Photo by Reggie Tidwell. #avlwx #AVLsnow #avlnews pic.twitter.com/CJKI0rMFw8
– Warren Wilson (@WWCasheville) December 8, 2017
– Michelle Trotter (@mtrotterwxtv) December 8, 2017  Over 5 "Snow at NWS Jackson! pic.twitter.com/mvgO7HagHE
– Thomas Winesett (@twineset) December 8, 2017
– Brett Shaw (@BrettUA) December 8, 2017