December 5th, 2009 at 02:38am
Houston this morning broke a record with the earliest snowfall ever recorded in the city’s history.
Forecasters are still hedging their bets on the amount, but say the most likely scenario is 1 to 2 inches of widespread snowfall through the day. Some areas could get up to a half a foot.
Light snow already was falling downtown and in other areas before 8:30 a.m. Other forms of precipitation — such as rain, freezing, rain, sleet and hail — also have been reported. Houston’s main weather recording station at Bush Intercontinental Airport reported at trace of snow at 8 a.m., meaning Dec. 4 will go down as the new record.
But emergency management officials say snow isn’t the biggest concern — it’s icy roads. A 12-hour freeze period is expected to begin after sundown today, continuing into Saturday, which could cause hazardous driving conditions.
Meanwhile a similar story is being played out in other parts of the state:
KVUE Storm Team meteorologists expected snow flurries to move into the Interstate 35 corridor Friday morning through mid-afternoon; in fact, very light snow was spotted in the KVUE parking lot in North Austin just before 9 a.m.
Total accumulations in the Hill Country will range from 1/2″ to 1″. Up to 1/2″ was expected in the Austin metro area, and 1″-2″ to the east of Austin near LaGrange.
A winter weather advisory was also in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The high Friday will be 36
And a “freeze warning” is in place in the Nevada desert, with snow expected in Las Vegas on Tuesday:
Yep, sure is warm there!
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