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Houston is Getting Mocked Nationally for its Snow, But it Still Beat Boston and New York to Winter

The Myths and Realities of H-Town’s Great Snowvember

BY // 11.14.18

We’re well into the holiday swing of things, but in that strange period after Halloween, approaching Thanksgiving with Christmas around the corner. Some say it’s too soon to put up Christmas decorations before we’ve even hit turkey day. But it looks like the powers that be are ready for a winter wonderland here in H-Town.

That’s right. Snow has fallen on the Bayou City this year. And not only that, but Houston got snow before Boston and before New York did.

Sure, it may have just been a sprinkling of snow — but it counts.

Welcome to Space City Snowvember.

Over the last few days there’s been a flurry of excitement in the Lone Star State over, well, flurries. A historic snowfall on Tuesday marked the earliest recorded snow ever for Houston, breaking a record from almost 40 years ago.

And it’s legit, with official confirmation coming from the National Weather Service. The bit of snow that fell near Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport yesterday beat the record date set on November 23, 1979.

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There’s only been snow in Houston 38 times since an 1895 blizzard, according to the Weather Research Center. Few bore witness to the city’s latest meteorological masterpiece, as the snow didn’t truly cling to the ground in Houston, with temps yesterday in the high 30s.

People in Pearland did experience thundersleet, the rare weather phenomenon when thunder and lightning occur at the same time as sleet or freezing rain.

While there are some haters out there, putting snow in quotation marks and mocking Texans for their snowflake fascination, many are thrilled. We wouldn’t be surprised if people are having meltdowns over missing the flakes as they melted down.

Houston wasn’t the only snow globe around. People in Conroe, Katy, Magnolia, Cypress and College Station lucked out.

There was some more serious snowfall in Amarillo, where residents saw white sheets of powder where yards used to be.

This may just be a sign of what to come. If that’s the case, please, someone save us all from Houston drivers attempting to navigate winter roads. For more scenes of the historic snow, click through the photo gallery above this story.

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