Photos: Unusually early, heavy snow creates 'winter wonderland' from Texas to Georgia
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
December 10, 2017, 1:58:15 AM EST
As unusually cold air arrived in the southern United States during the latter part of this week, it provided opportunities for residents to experience rare snowfall.
The wintry weather created slick and hazardous travel conditions from southern Texas to Alabama on Friday morning with numerous accidents forcing road closures throughout the region.
The snow continued to spread northeastward to northern Georgia, including Atlanta, and the western Carolinas on Friday into Friday night.
In southeastern Texas, 7 inches of snow was reported on the south side of Corpus Christi, Texas, and thundersnow was also reported in the area. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the most recent accumulating snowfall in the city came back in 2004.
Houston officials urged motorists to drive with caution due to the snowy and icy conditions as at least 14 locations on greater Houston roadways were reporting ice or snow. A total of 1-2 inches of accumulating snow had been reported in the city.
The snow in Houston was the earliest seasonal snowfall on record and the first time the city received measurable snow since Dec. 4, 2009.
Snow even fell as far south as Brownsville, Texas, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. The only previous report of measurable snowfall in Brownsville in recorded history came on Dec. 25, 2004.
Elsewhere, around 5 inches of snow was reported in Jackson, Mississippi, and around 4 inches was reported around Birmingham, Alabama.
As the flakes continued to fly, residents took to social media to express a combination of bewilderment and excitement.
An area of high pressure situated over the Rockies forced cold air down into the Gulf states. Along with moisture moving into the region from the Gulf of Mexico, it provided the right combination for snow and ice to develop, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
"Temperatures climbed above freezing across the South on Saturday, allowing the recent snow to melt," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "However, any wet or slushy areas on untreated surfaces will turn icy on Saturday night as temperatures plummet."
One fatality was reported Saturday morning after several crashes occurred on an icy bridge on U.S. Highway 29 in McDavid, Florida, according to NorthEscambia.com. McDavid is located about 50 minutes north of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle.
Old Man Winter still dusting Corpus Christi. Harbor Bridge open and TxDOT crews have kept it well treated all night with small gravel/deicing agent. Go to https://t.co/kqjmpa3TiH for road conditions. pic.twitter.com/wK4EsryNg6— TxDOT CRP PIO (@TxDOT_CRP) December 8, 2017
Sgt. Brawner brings his A game with the first entry in the HCSO snowman contest. The bar is high, folks. pic.twitter.com/ORm8JPAgHC— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) December 8, 2017
Houston snow 2017 ❄️❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/GeNoivzgUZ— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 8, 2017
❄️☃️❄️Here’s something you don’t see very often in Florida - snow! Share your photos with us! Photo credit: John Diamond (Jay, FL) and Sarah Whitfield (Point Baker/Milton, FL). pic.twitter.com/38RFXXooSk— Santa Rosa County (@SRCBOCC) December 9, 2017
Trees coming down!! The source of many outages!! This was behind my sister’s house a few minutes ago!! We’re all ok! #snow #snowpocalypse2017 #mableton #atlanta #poweroutage #trees pic.twitter.com/qQI3ARFga7— Vanessa (@sugarbonen) December 9, 2017
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