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Snow in Houston

Updated on December 7, 2009
Kim in snow in Houston on our grill.
Kim in snow in Houston on our grill.

Houston Snow

This article tells about Snow in Houston - and how we go crazy here when it snows.

Since 1895, it has snowed 34 times in Houston. As of 2008, it had never snowed two years in a row.

But that string was broken when it snowed both in 2008 (lovingly called "The Blizzard of 2008") and 2009.

Here is a photo of my daughter Kim on December, 2008. We had some snow on a bar-b-que grill. She is holding a candy cane from Starbucks that has a small stuffed snowman on it.

Snow in Houston - Typical Timeline

So here's what usually happens when there's snow in Houston. Usually, the snow lasts for less than 24 hours. Often, the snow melts as it hits the ground.

If we're lucky, the snow won't melt on top of cars and picnic tables. Local kids grab all the snow they can and try to make a snowball or even a snowman.

Most people use their bare hands to play in the snow. Some put socks on their hands and a few even dig up some mittens and wear a jacket.

It's not just the kids either. Since we may go several years before we have a snow that stays on the ground for a few hours, adults go out and play, too.

Keep in mind that I'm just talking about coastal Houston. We have a milder climate than Dallas and West Texas, where it snows all the time.

Snow in Corpus Christi Texas 2004

Snow Surfer in Corpus Christi, Texas
Snow Surfer in Corpus Christi, Texas

White Christmas 2004

On December 24, 2004 it snowed not only in Houston but all down the coast of Texas. This was the first "White Christmas" for Houston and the southern coastal southern parts of the state. I mean never in recorded history going back into the 1800s had there been a "White Christmas" in Houston before 2004.

In Corpus Christi Texas, they had even more snow than in Houston.  They published a book of local snow pictures called Snow, a South Texas Christmas Miracle 2004. Here is the Texas Snowbook site.

On Christmas eve 2004, it even snowed down at the southern tip of Texas by South Padre Island, where it hadn't snowed at any time since 1889.

A lot of the local people there had never seen snow before. It was an amazing experience.

The snow on Christmas eve was so unusual, there is a Wikipedia entry on it, called 2004 Christmas Eve Snowstorm.

A Houston Family Make a Snowball in 2008

Look how happy they are to see snow. Note their winter clothing.
Look how happy they are to see snow. Note their winter clothing.

Slideshow of Trees with Snow in Houston

Houston Snow on a Sego Palm Tree
Houston Snow on a Sego Palm Tree
Houston Snow on a Palm Tree at Night
Houston Snow on a Palm Tree at Night
Houston Snow on Banana Trees
Houston Snow on Banana Trees
Houston Snow on a Cactus
Houston Snow on a Cactus

Palm Trees in the Houston Snow

If you are lucky enough to see snow in Houston (that doesn't melt when it hits the ground) you will probably see snow on unusual plants.

You can see snow on palm trees, banana trees, orange and grapefruit trees, and even spiky cactus.

My Dad in Corpus Christi, Texas made a frame of PVC pipes and covered the orange and grapefruit trees in his yard whenever there was a freeze.

Here are some photos of plants in Houston covered in snow.

So What Kind of Houston Snow Things Can People Get?

So Make a Snowman!

So what do Houston people do when it snows?

We scrape all the snow we can find off of cars and tables and make a snowball or even a snowman.

Often you will see a snowman sitting on grass with very little snow around anywhere, like the ones in these pictures.

Or sometimes there is a lot (for us) of snow, as in the "blizzard of 2008".

The picture of Kim at the top of this article was taken in our 2008 snowstorm. It snowed a few inches and may have stayed at below freezing for most of the night.

Everyone goes out and takes pictures of their snowmen to save as a family memory.

I can't think of much else to say, but I'm trying to get the text to line up with the picture.

Cute Houston Girl with a Snowman

Yea! Snow in Houston!
Yea! Snow in Houston!

Video of Snow in Houston 2008

We Survived the Blizzard of 2008!

Yes, it has snowed 34 times in Houston in recorded history. Nine times in December, twelve times in January, twelve times in February, and once in March. And with snowfalls in 2008 and 2009, it has finally snowed two years in a row!

Snow in Houston in 2008
Snow in Houston in 2008

The Blizzard of 2008 - Houston Snow Video - Sort of Boring But the Local People are Excited

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    • starqueen13 profile image


      8 years ago from Houston, Tx

      Great job mom! and hi everyone! im the daughter! lol i write stories here on hubpages :)

    • meow48 profile image


      8 years ago from usa

      really liked this story. btw, would you be starqueen's mom??? if so nice to meet you. and if not... oops. if so, you have done a fine job in raising a great daughter. take care. meow48 p.s. i can see were kim gets her writing ability from.

    • Carol the Writer profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Blacknall 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It's nice to see how people enjoy winter all over.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hey, we have winter clothing just like that!! When we get snow here, everything comes to a standstill. It's like a huge party!! Enjoyed this!

    • Georgina_writes profile image

      Georgina Crawford 

      8 years ago from Dartmoor

      great hub - we also have variable snow, mainly it rains a lot, but over the last two years it's snowed quite hard. a couple of sprinkles of the white stuff and the UK grinds to a halt, no trains, planes or automobiles run. it's actually snowing as I write, and there's just about enough to make a very small snowman.

    • Beata Stasak profile image

      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      You are right Carol, these example of white Christmas are so different to my hot Christmas on a beach. Thank you for sharing your place where you live with me.

      I was born in Eastern Europe and experienced many white and cold Christmas,it is just a different experience. Hot or cold, the spirit of Christmas is inside us not outside.

      I love a Japanese saying: 'There is no way to happiness, happines is inside us.'

      Have a successful year 2010 and all the best to you and your friends and family from Beata

    • Carol the Writer profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Blacknall 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      @TattooGuy, We have 3 good seasons, but summer is kinda hot.

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      9 years ago

      Gotta love Texas ; )

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      9 years ago

      Gotta love Texas ; )

    • Carol the Writer profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Blacknall 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      @Fishtiger, we have waterparks and lakes and beaches when it gets hot. But it is hot walking around.

      @BadCompany, You have a place in my warm southern heart. Hope to see you back here in another life.

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      9 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Nice hub, I don't mind the snow its the heat in Texas I can't deal with. Its cool that kids get to see it when it happens. Nothing like a kid's smile.


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