Snow in Austin, Texas?

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Snow in Austin, Texas?

Austin is located in the heart of Texas, the middle of this great state. We have a reputation for heat down here! Our winters are often mild and sunny compared to the rest of the nation. This year has been quite different - snow fell in Austin, Texas. Don't get me wrong, snow does fall in Texas. The panhandle gets its fair share every year. Dallas, Texas often has a snow storm or two. Because of the air traffic in Dallas, you often hear that the Dallas airport has been shut down because of ....... Central Texas is different. The cold weather patterns often stop short of us. We escape the bad weather because we are farther south than the big city of Dallas.

The area has had its share of rain and cold this Winter. Remember the hard freeze with 17 degree temperatures in the capitol city? Snowflakes have been spotted in various locales most winters. We also have a reputation for at least one ice storm each winter where we all have to stay home! The news is that WE HAD SNOW AND IT STUCK!

All over town, snowmen rose out of their wintery beds and came alive. Children of all ages made snow angels on the ground where smooth snow coverings abounded. Cars stood on the edge of the roads with as much as four inches of the wet residue clinging to their surfaces. There were reports of snowflakes as big as golf balls. They were very large, but golf ball size? Hm. In just a few hours, Austin was transformed into a winter wonderland.

You might be thinking that surely it has snowed in Austin before? Yes, but our snowfalls are usually years apart. Because of their time lapses, each time is a welcome change from our norms. Most Texans have a dream for a white Christmas and they often accompany those longings with a prayer or two just before Christmas. Could this be the year?

Snow in February, bluebonnets in March and April. What will the Spring weather hold for us? Mr. Weatherman says that the bluebonnet crop will be exceptional this year. What else is in store for us? We have just come through a drought, experienced snow, now what? Only time will tell.

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tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states

thanks for this hub...i was curious about when this happened. then, i noticed from the comments it was from a couple of years ago. i thought this might have happened during the "snowpacalypse" that hit the plains region in february 2013!! thanks again for sharing...blessings!

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PaulaK 5 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Yes Emeraldkell, it has been a strange couple of years in the area with a drought, then rains, then another drought and snow in the winter. Who knows what this Spring will be like? Thanks for stopping by!

emeraldkell 5 years ago

My best friend lives in Austin and I still have friends/family in west Texas. This winter was crazy for everyone down there. I lived in Texas for sixteen years and never had a winter like the one they experienced this year. I'm so glad you documented it in your hub. It's something to remember. I'm sure ya'll will never forget.

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Thank subkle. Your support is appreciated!

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subkie 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

It seems that the earth is changing. Where used to be cold becomes hotter and hotter becomes colder.. but this hub is really hot.

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Thanks Sandyspider. We live in crazy times. Pmccray, when they forcast snow, we just knew he would get it wrong. I have NEVER seen flakes that big! Blessings.

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Nothing is as sweet as the unexpected. Refreshing hub PaulaK

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

It is crazy thinking snow in Texas. Nice hub.

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Akirchner, enjoy that Spring weather and probably a few flowers popping out too! I never want winter to leave too early because I know the hot weather is around the corner!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Totally bizarre - and since I do a lot of typing for ya'll down there in Texas, I know all about the snow! Crazy weather and we here in Prinetucky are sitting in the 50's and 60's almost when it is supposed to be winter - no poor malamutes are sweating!

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Peggy, Houston has had its share of weird weather in the last couple of years. The hurricane was extreme and add extremely cold temps. La Nina and El Nino have confused the weatherman and the rest of us.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Houston also had snow here this year which as you probably know is unusual. We enjoyed the oddity as much as you did in the Austin area. You now have it on record as did I with these hubs. Nice!

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Pamela99, I identify with the surprise element of the snow! Thankfully we are slowly warming up, but still cooler and wetter than the norm. Blessings.

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Quill, you are funny. Yes, the snow came down through Canada where all the cold air flows from. We would rather have snow than ice any day!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Many years ago we were traveling across Texas and we had an area of snow. It was surprising as we didn't think it snowed there and the roads were very slippery. Hopefully spring is around the corner.

"Quill" 6 years ago

The snow was a gift from Canada...I just pray it did not hurt to badly...

Be blessed

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