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When Did It Last Snow in Houston, Texas?

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Snowman in Houston, Texas!  A rare sight!

Snowman in Houston, Texas! A rare sight!

December 4, 2009

December 4, 2009, will go down in the record books as the earliest snowfall in Houston, Texas history. It was a wow moment because we rarely see snow at all down here.

According to an MSNBC source, Houston has only experienced snow falling thirty-three times since the year 1895, so one must realize with a statistic like that just how rare an occasion it is to see snow. To top it off, it has never previously snowed two years in a row. Thus all kinds of records have been broken this year.

In the Houston Chronicle newspaper, the front page last year featured a snowman on the beaches in Galveston. That was quite a sight!

We happened to be hosting lunch today at home for some friends. A few flakes were falling as our company arrived, but before long, the snow started falling in earnest. The flakes were so large and coming down so fast that as we were sitting in our living room and later the kitchen eating area, we could hardly keep our eyes from the entertaining show outside our windows. "Oohs" and "aahs" relating to the rare spectacle that was unfolding brought smiles to our faces.

It took a while for any accumulation of snow due to the warmth of the ground. But the rapidity of the large-flaked snowfall coming down from the sky finally started to blanket the ground, trees, and rooftops. A winter wonderland was ours to enjoy for a rare moment in time.

Snow Events in Houston

I remember the second or third year after my husband and I married, there was a snowfall. We handily built a spectacular snowman in the apartment complex where we were living at the time.

At that time, in the early 1970s, as well as today, Houston goes into play mode except for the people responsible for keeping the roadways safe and other key personnel whose jobs are pertinent for keeping the populace safe.

Schools were closed, and businesses let many of their workers go home early. Today was no exception. Snow accumulations were in the one to four-inch range depending upon where one lives in and around Houston.

Most other years, if it snows at all, it is generally a fraction of an inch, so this type of snowfall, which we enjoyed today was a fantastic occurrence enjoyed by almost everyone.

The only snow generally seen around here is human-made, and only for special occasions. Subdivisions, like the one in which we live, hire the snow machine operators to come once during the winter so that children who may never have seen snow get to frolic in it for a brief time. Those moments are memorable from year to year.

Anyone reading this must know the excitement that this real and heavy snowfall generated today for children and adults alike.

The news channels on television this evening broadcast snow photos sent in from viewers. One photo showed two children with upraised faces, their mouths open and tongues catching the large snowflakes. We saw a teenager walking outside our home doing the very same thing. Her face was beaming.

Snowman

The snowman shown here was in our subdivision about five houses away from where we live. I realize that this might not be impressive to those of you who live up north and can build your gigantic snowmen each year dressed with colorful woolen neck scarves and other adornments, but hey, whoever made this snowman probably does not even own a woolen neck scarf. Also, one has to act fast down here and scrape together every available bit of snow to accomplish making a snowman.

Notice the grass devoid of most of the snow? Mr. Snowman has most of the snow along with the fallen leaves, twigs, and anything else that happened to be on the ground. In our eyes, Mr. Snowman is a real beauty!

December 8, 2017

The date above was another unusual but fun day! It was almost eight years ago at the same time of the year when we saw snow! It started falling at night, and just about all of it has now melted as of 2:30 this afternoon. But it was exciting to see for those of us living where we rarely get to see a snowflake, much less an accumulation of snow!

January 16, 2018

Meteorologists gave us another update as to freezing precipitation in Houston on the date above. Is this going to be our new reality? I guess time will tell. Schools closed, and most people were to stay at home unless truly necessary to be out and traveling the roads.

We got more sleet at our home, but in other parts of the Houston metro area, they saw more snow mixed with sleet. The effect when gazing out of our windows is the same. Frozen glistening white precipitation now lies atop our frost blankets and rooftops. Our temperatures were in the low 20s.

The nurseries should be doing a brisk business again this spring when people will be replacing lost plants. See the photos below taken at our home.

Driving? Forget It!

Advice is given to people to stay home if at all possible once they get off from work. The roads will ice up tonight from the moisture, and accidents were already occurring and being reported on the 6 PM newscasts tonight. No one knows how to drive in the snow down here, and for sure, not icy roads!

Best to take the advice and enjoy the weather anomaly and this rare occasion. Tomorrow is another day to get back into the groove.

Childhood Memories

After our company departed to go back home, we continued to watch the snowfall, although it was starting to diminish in intensity. The heavy flakes had ceased falling, and a light dusting was now taking its place.

My mother and I had some fun talking about our childhood memories of enjoying the snow when we lived in Wisconsin. I'll share some of them below.

Snow Forts

I was remembering playing with my two younger brothers. We would build a snow fort and then draw straws as to which one of us got to stay inside the fort and which ones would be outside the fort for our snowball fights.

There were advantages both ways. Outside the fort, there was an endless amount of snow in which to construct our snowballs while it was more limited inside the fort. But inside the fort, one had more protection against the airborne snowballs once launched.

Each of us got our fair share of hits with the snowballs. Our parents would also join in playing with us occasionally. Those snowball fights were good ones and brought about much laughter.

My brothers building a snow fort.

My brothers building a snow fort.

Building Snowmen

With my parent's help, the snowmen would get ever so much larger than the ones that we could create on our own. My Dad would have to lift the second part of the body onto the first giant ball and then hoist the head on top. After dressing the snowman, we got to enjoy him for a long time as the Wisconsin winters were very friendly to keeping snowmen intact for long periods.

The Clothing We Wore

Clothing was different back then, and to stay warm, we bundled up with layers of socks, pants, sweaters, jackets, scarves, hats, mittens, and boots.

Now with the new microfibers, which are lightweight and yet warm, which also repel moisture, people no longer look like the Michelin Tire Man when dressed for the outdoors as we resembled back in those days.

My brothers straddling the snow fort we were building.

My brothers straddling the snow fort we were building.

Additional Outdoor Fun

Other outdoor activities included sledding, tobogganing, and ice skating. My Dad would shovel a large circle on the frozen lake where my grandmother lived, and we would all go ice skating several times in the winter. My Dad was a great skater! He could ice skate backward as effortlessly as forward, which always impressed me.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 11, 2017:

Hi Robert,

Glad you enjoyed your drive.

Hi Ziaullah Khan,

From what you wrote, you must love seeing snow. In that case you would love our northern states in the wintertime!

Ziaullah Khan from Pakistan on December 11, 2017:

Beautiful - Very fascinating , I am in love it .

Robert Sacchi on December 10, 2017:

Yes, I did. It should all be gone tomorrow.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2017:

Hi Kristen,

Nice to know that you enjoyed these pictures of the rare snowfalls in Houston and the old pictures of my brothers and me as children.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2017:

Hi Robert,

Corpus Christi is even further south of Houston. Snow down there is amazing as it is here! Hope you enjoyed your nice drive in the snow where you live.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2017:

Hi Sharon,

Dallas gets snow and ice much more often than we do in Houston. It is very rare down here. I am glad to have experienced snow as a child but am glad that I no longer have to worry about driving on snowy and especially icy roads now.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 09, 2017:

Peggy, that's a real long time ago that snow had fallen in Houston. Those pics are amazing, even of the snowman, and when you were younger. Thanks for sharing your story in this hub about your childhood days.

Robert Sacchi on December 09, 2017:

I heard over the radio they had snow in Corpus Christi. It is snowing where I am right now. The temperature is above freezing so it isn't much of a traffic hazard. It made for some nice winter drives.

moonlake from America on December 09, 2017:

We were driving through Texas in 1956. Moving to a new post, my dad was being stationed in NY. We hit a snow storm in Dallas scary and slippery. Dallas is not as far south as you are but still unusual. I know you love seeing the snow I don’t. We had snow last night. Enjoyed your hub and loved the photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2017:

Hi Susie,

You are correct. It is a thrill to see snow in Houston because it is so very rare. Everyone I know is sharing photos from that one day event down here. As to beautiful evergreens laden with snow...I well remember those days when living in Wisconsin. It truly is a thing of beauty!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on December 08, 2017:

Wow, its really a thrill for you folk in Houston to get snow. We usually get plenty of it. It is a winter wonderland around here once again. Its beautiful when the evergreens are covered with snow. I'll have to make a snowman one of these days outside the kitchen window so Mom can out out and see it.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Peggy.

Robert Sacchi on July 14, 2016:

Yes, I remember the chains. I never used them though.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2016:

Hi Robert,

I guess that happens in just about any cold climate where it snows. Driving skills become honed after a while. Tires were different when I was a child. There were specific snow tires. I seem to remember that people once put chains on their tires to get through snow and ice. I was not driving back then. Ha!

Robert Sacchi on July 13, 2016:

Here in the DC metro area the first snowfall of the season tends to cause a mess. Then people remember what they learned from previous years.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Yes...people really do not know how to handle a bit of snow down here compared to those who are used to driving in it routinely. It is an oddity when we get to see any where we live in Houston.

Robert Sacchi on July 11, 2016:

That sounds familiar. When I was in San Antonio they had about 1/2" of snow one day and they were acting as if it was a foot of snow. The joke was they would call out the military except they closed down as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2016:

Hi Rebecca,

Hard to make a gigantic snowman like the ones we used to make in Wisconsin here in Houston where it rarely ever snows. It has really been a warm winter down here this year and from what you say...in Georgia also.

As to visiting Houston...July and August with a few surrounding months on either side...are not the best times to visit unless one really likes heat. Our AC units are really humming that time of year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2016:

Hi Au fait,

Yes it truly has been a warm winter thus far and I doubt that we will have anymore freezing or near freezing temperatures. Azaleas...the ones that only bloom once a year...are starting to pop out. We have some that bloom several times a year and have had them in bloom all winter thus far. The heavy bloom is about to begin. Azalea trail down here is in early March. Hope all is well with you also.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 16, 2016:

Hi, Peggy. That's a pitiful looking snowman, honey. But it looks like more snow than we got in Georgia this year (s0 far). My daughter lived in Houston for awhile, and I went to visit her one July. Thought I would die from the heat, so funny to see a snowman there. (:

C E Clark from North Texas on February 16, 2016:

Came back to share this great article! We didn't get any snow this year and the winter has been quite mild compared to recent years. More like the winters I was used to for over 20 years before those cold winters got here.

Hope all is well with you. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

It will be a while (perhaps many years here in Houston?) before we see more snow. Our feel like temps today Sept. 18th will be around 100. Actual temps in the 90's. Fall season is officially inaugurated next Wednesday. We may have to wait a while before we enjoy truly cooler temperatures in parts of Texas. Thanks for the visit and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2015:

Hi Audrey,

Hopefully you are not experiencing those wildfires anywhere near where you live in California. Scary! It has been a while since we have had snow flurries in Houston. It becomes a big event if and when it happens. :))

Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2015:

Climate change is here--we are having crazy weather in CA as well--

C E Clark from North Texas on September 16, 2015:

Another article I'm seeing for the first time! I think that snow person should have had a bright parasol , a sun visor, and maybe an exotic drink, reflecting it's surroundings more than a woolen scarf or hat that would have served to warm him/her up and promote melting the quicker! I'm sure the sun melted him/her in short time in any case.

Fun story and just reading it helped me feel cooler. :) Temps have cooled slightly, but we are still to have upper 90s tomorrow and Friday. Hope you are enjoying cooler temps too. Sharing this of course.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2015:

Hi Jennifer Auzston / Tavaris,

I was living in Houston in the 1970's when we had that most unusual snowstorm that you also experienced in Galveston. Those times make for memories particularly because they are so rare. Snow on beaches is certainly not the norm! :)

Jennifer Auzston / Tavaris on August 30, 2015:

If I could load a picture from the 1970's snow fall in Galveston Texas I would.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 21, 2015:

Hello Thomasjames1992,

This is recalling a rare snow event in Houston that took place in 2009. If and when it snows here it never lasts long!

Thomas James from London on February 20, 2015:

How has it not melted ?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 24, 2014:

Hello Roman,

Just start writing and hone your skills. You can learn much by reading and noticing how others write as well. Good luck! Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 28, 2013:

Hi Alexandra,

Thanks for letting me know that this has inspired your own writing efforts.

Alexandra on August 28, 2013:

I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in wrniitg this blog. I'm hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the future also. Actually your creative wrniitg abilities has inspired me to get my own blog going now. Really blogging is spreading its wings and growing fast. Your write up is a good example.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2011:

Hi beccas90,

I know according to the news that the New England states have been blasted with snow and so early in the season. Lots of power outages. Hopefully this is not a portend of the winter ahead! I remember those first wet snows of the season when we lived in Wisconsin. So pretty and so much fun for children of all ages! It is TRULY an occasion when it happens down here in the south because of its rarity. Thanks for your comment.

beccas90 from New York on October 31, 2011:

We just had snow over the weekend in New England with parts of Connecticut getting 20" - but we got a more modest 6". Still it was the wet snow kind due to time of year and this is the best type to make a snowman. I enjoyed reading your hub and no I don't think anybody is pathetic for getting excited over a few inches in one of warmer states.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2011:

Hi Coolmon2009,

Undertstandable that you and others in the store became fascinated by the snowfall in The Woodlands. It does not happen in Houston and the surrounding area all that often! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2011:

Hi Gus,

I hope that you are wrong about another colder than normal winter...but guess time will tell. It does seem that we go from HOT, HOT, HOT to COLD, COLD, COLD these days with little in between. Today was a glorious in between day with high temperatures in the 70's. I worked in the yard and it felt so good! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2011:

Hi Leah,

Having lived up north for some portions of my life I remember those snow days. The first ones are always exciting...but like you said...it gets old after a while dealing with the effects of the snow and ice. It is such a rarity here in Houston! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2011:

Hello incomeguru,

Too bad that you have never seen snow falling or the effect in person. It is so beautiful when white and pristine. Nothing quite like it! Maybe someday...or until then, at least you have pictures. Thanks for your comemnt.

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on October 29, 2011:

The last time I saw snow in Houston area was a few years back in the Woodlands area. I was in a department store shopping, people were taking pictures of the falling snow with cellphones.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 29, 2011:

It is snowing here in Western NY as I read this - but we're used to snow up here in the great frozen north! I grew up in Southern California and it was an extreme rarity to see snow (once, when I was nine, snow fell in Ontario, California - it melted on contact with the ground). It is so fun to watch the kids and the dog on the first day of snowfall, but it certainly gets old by April! It looks like you guys enjoyed your snow and had a nice, cozy day indoors!

Gustave Kilthau from USA on October 29, 2011:

Howdy Peggy -

I am always awed by your fascinating articles and the photos that you present along with the texts. Thank you.

What was amazing about the weather in Houston, Texas, during the last several weeks is that the temperatures have gone from the ridiculous to the sub-zero (feels like) - 100+ degrees for several months to the high 40's seemingly overnight.

I sense that Houston is in for a mighty cold winter this time around...

Gus :-)))

Oyewole Folarin from Lagos on October 29, 2011:

It's fun seeing snow outside. It's quiet unfortunate as i have never witnessed one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2010:

Hi Billy,

Snow in Houston also brings out excitement and joy for many of us older than those little ones. It was fun seeing those heavy wet flakes fall this past winter. Brought back all kinds of childhood memories for us. It is a rarity, that's for sure!

billyaustindillon on August 05, 2010:

Peggy - good memories - snow doesn't fall very often in Houston but when it does it brings out pure excitement and enjoy for the little ones. Doesn't stand for long but it has fallen a few times!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2009:

Hi talkingcellular,

We can always relive "those days of yester years" in our own minds! :-) Thanks for this comment on the Snow in Houston.

talkingcellular from Weston, Florida on December 20, 2009:

Nice family photos. I recall playing in the snow once as a child in North Florida. The snow melts very quickly in the Sunshine State. It would surely be nice to revisit those days of yester years. Wonderful momeries...thanks for the photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2009:

Hello The Old Hack,

BTW...I get a kick out of your self assigned name here on hubpages. (Smile) Could suit many of us here. Ha! Thanks for reading this bit about the unusual snow day in Houston, Texas and leaving a comment. Probably a good thing that we do not get more of the snow because we would lose many of the tropical plants that typically grow here. Interesting mixture of plants in Houston...some very tropical and also some that grow in more northern climes. Pine trees to cactus to ginger plants and bananas... The latter have been nipped by the frost and snow but when cut back after all danger of freezing temperatures, they will come back and once again thrive.

The Old Hack on December 20, 2009:

Lovely hub. I’m just amazed at how much your part of Texas looks like a typical British suburb, except we get a bit more of the white stuff.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2009:

Hi JBeadle,

I remember those long winters in Wisconsin! Yes...we only had snow for one day in Houston, Texas...but it was so unusual that it made the record books and made for some fun down here.

Keep warm and cozy up there! Thanks for the comment.

J Beadle from Wisconsin on December 16, 2009:

It looks like spring there!!! The snow might not be so bad if it just melted the next day!!! We are buried here, which is good for Christmas but we won't see grass again until March or April. It is 0 here right now! And that was the warm up. :-(

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2009:

Hi again agusfanani,

Your "iced rain" is definitely what we call hail. It also does damage here when it falls depending upon the size of it. We once had our roof replaced because of so much hail damage in Houston. In fact, most everyone in our subdivision got new roofs put on their homes that year. If one has to have snow or hail, I would much rather have it be snow!

agusfanani from Indonesia on December 13, 2009:

I didn't know the name of iced rain is hail, thank for sharing. Hails in my country although rarely happen, but sometimes contain big ice so that they can break wind shield of cars.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2009:

Hi James,

Yes, I would agree that the snow in Houston brought back many happy memories of things like sledding and tobogganing such as you remember in Michigan and I remember growing up in my early childhood in Wisconsin. Glad that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on December 13, 2009:

I loved your Hub, Peg. I love the snow. Tobogganing was my favorite thing as a boy in Michigan; and sledding. Thanks for memories. We don't get snow in Orlando. Only the occasional citrus killing frost.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2009:

Hi 2uesday,

I remember seeing those also when I was a child. I had forgotten about that! Those patterns were so pretty! Nothing quite like snow covered grounds, trees, houses and "Jack Frost" decorating the windows with patterns of infinite design. Thanks for adding that memory to this hub.

2uesday on December 12, 2009:

Without central heating I can remember waking up to frost patterns on the inside of the windows in the winter here in the UK whan I was a child. I liked this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2009:

Hello gracenotes,

Nice to meet another fellow Texan here. Bet those pictures of your mother's roses with snow on them are pretty. These snow events in Houston and other more southern areas in Texas are rare and relished for that reason. Thanks for the comment.

gracenotes from North Texas on December 08, 2009:

Wow, nice hub there, you fellow Texan you!

Good lead-in to your memories of snowball fights and such.

My first white Christmas was on Dec. 25, 2004, when I was visiting my mom in South Central Texas (her house is about the halfway point between San Antonio and Corpus). She got 8" of snow that day! I seem to recall my brother and his wife driving home from Houston that day, and their report that Houston got little to no snow. I have pictures of my mom's blooming rose bushes with snow on them.

Nice picture of that cute Skippy with the impatiens and the pretty green ground cover!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2009:

Hi bingskee,

Thanks. Age and gravity has taken its expected toll. Ha! I just inserted the photos to show the ages when my brothers and I were playing in the snow.

If you do not like the cold...then best stay away from snow. At least you can enjoy the pristine whiteness of pictures of snow.

Thanks for the comment.

bingskee from Quezon City, Philippines on December 08, 2009:

you are such a beautiful child when you were very young!

i have not experienced snow and i bet i will not like it. i am weak when it comes to coldness. very weak actually.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

Hello again AdsenseStrategies,

Thanks for the metric conversion. Helps my addled brain that did not grow up learning metric measurements. So that means you got about 9 inches of snow on the ground. Impressive! With the predicted winds you must have had some good sized snow drifts. Thanks for the update.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

HiTom,

We did not have to live with the snow for very long! Houston, Texas is a bit too warm for snow to last very long. Happy that our neighbors got out there and built that snowman for your amusement. LOL Thanks for the comment.

AdsenseStrategies from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com on December 07, 2009:

They were calling for 40 cm, but I think it ended up being 20 cm (so, let me see, I think 1 in. = 2.2cm...)

Tom rubenoff from United States on December 07, 2009:

How could you possibly live with snow? LOL

The snowman was my favorite part. :0)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

Hi AdsenseStrategies,

Glad to know it is over. You are correct...it was 100 km/h not 100 mph. In my scanning of the article my poor brain did not catch the metric measurement. Still some pretty good winds! How much snow did you actually get where you live?

AdsenseStrategies from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com on December 07, 2009:

It seems to be over now. In any case it is very early -- in St. John's we sometimes even have green Christmases, in fact.

(Were the winds not 100 km/h rather than 100 mph? I didn't check -- still though...)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

Wow AdsenseStategies! You are not kidding! Looking at the link, you not only have snow but 100 mile an hour winds; power outages, etc. Will be thinking of you up there in Canada. Try and stay warm!

AdsenseStrategies from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com on December 07, 2009:

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Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

Greetings Csagohan,

Lucky Houston, Texas...yes...but just for about 24 hours. Hey! You still have some time to get snow for your White Christmas in DC. Send a letter to Santa! :-) Thanks for the comment.

Csagohan on December 07, 2009:

I want a white Christmas here in DC ): lucky Texas

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

Hello talfonso,

I used to have relatives living in New Jersey. Yes, you would definitely have been used to seeing snow up there. Glad you enjoyed this hub about the snow we received in Houston, Texas. Most unusual, but fun. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2009:

Hello Paraglider,

The snow in Houston, Texas definitely slowed things down whether people appreciated it or not. (Smile) Most of us enjoyed it immensely! So you do not even see rain in Qatar very often. Wow! That must be an adjustment for you since you have obviously experienced other climactic conditions. Thanks for the comment.

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on December 07, 2009:

Wow - excellent Hub! That really reminded me of the days gone by as a former Jersey Girl!

Dave McClure from Kyle, Scotland on December 07, 2009:

Snow is a great reminder to slow down and appreciate. I've seen plenty of it in my time, but not here in Qatar. Even rain is a rarity here!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi agusfanani,

Yes, the snow was a surprise event all right. It was fun to see the gorgeous large flakes falling and briefly blanketing the rooftops, grass and other things. By iced rains, do you mean hail? We sometimes get that also...in fact more often than snow. I'd much rather have the snow! Thanks for your comment.

agusfanani from Indonesia on December 06, 2009:

Wow, it's an amazing thing. The rare event of snow falling in Houston is maybe like iced rains which also sotimes surprisingly fall in my country.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hello again johnb0127,

Well...at least you got to enjoy the snow no matter the size of the flakes. A wet winter will be fine. Won't have to run the sprinker system and pay for water. Nice!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi Rochelle,

8 to 12 inches is a good snowstorm indeed. Enjoy but stay safe and warm.

It would be fun to see snow at least once a year but unfortunately living in Houston we seldom get away in the winter heading north. Thus, our rare snow in Houston, Texas provided a fun day making for good memories.

Happy you enjoyed reading this and thanks for leaving a comment.

johnb0127 from TX on December 06, 2009:

No Peggy, it was the small flakes. It accumulated a bit on rooftops and grassy areas...enough to make it look white all over! But it didn't stick on the roads :( We are expected to get a wet winter, did you hear that earlier in the year? Thats what they are saying for Texas, YAY!

johnb0127 from TX on December 06, 2009:

No Peggy, it was the small flakes. It accumulated a bit on rooftops and grassy areas...enough to make it look white all over! But it didn't stick on the roads :( We are expected to get a wet winter, did you hear that earlier in the year? Thats what they are saying for Texas, YAY!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on December 06, 2009:

We are bracing for a pretty big snowstorm here tonight and tomorrow-- predicted to be between 8- 12 inches. We are at an elevation of 3200 ft which is usually the lower edge of the snowline. We get a little, or sometimes a couple of feet, but it does not last very long. This is early snow for us. It is usually more likely to arrive in January and February.

We got our first snow last year on Christmas Day-- which was also early, but perfect because the 'flatlander' kids and grandkids were visiting for the holidays.

I grew up in coastal Southern California where there is one season all year-- but we always visited the snow in the winter, since it was only a couple of hours to the mountains.

Enjoyed your experiences.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Greetings johnb0127,

So you had snow in Arlington also! Was it the large flaked heavy snow as we had in Houston? Did it accumulate on the ground? Hope you had as much fun as we did in enjoying that "white stuff" falling from the sky. :-) Thanks for the posted comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi tnderhrt23,

Having lived in PA you will have memories of the snow that will be lasting, I am sure. Florida is a great state that we have certainly enjoyed visiting. Happy to hear that you enjoyed this snow in Houston, Texas hub. Thanks for commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hello ralwus,

Nice to see you here! I know what you mean about southern people not knowing how to handle snow on their roadways...but then why should they be practiced? It hardly ever happens. It becomes a holiday of sorts! :-)

Thanks for the comment.

johnb0127 from TX on December 06, 2009:

It snowed here in Arlington last Wednesday! I was like, what is this white cold stuff falling from the sky?! LOL!

Great hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi Smireles,

Will add your snow day hub to mine now so that people can see even more photos of this special event in this part of Texas if they like. Thanks!

tnderhrt23 on December 06, 2009:

Hi Peggy, I just moved from Pa back to my home in Florida, so there will be no snow for me. But I enjoyed your hub.

ralwus on December 06, 2009:

Well weren't you the cutest thing? I have been down south when it snows and it's no fun for me. We know how to handle it up here. I was in El Paso a number of years ago when it snowed there, they went nuts. LOL Cool hub Peggy.

Sandra Mireles from Texas on December 06, 2009:

This is a great look at our snow day! Everyone was in a state of excitement. I would love to share links. I am putting up your link right now! Great hub and great day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi successfulblogger,

Thanks for commenting on my Wow! Snow in Houston, Texas! hub. A fun day for most of us living here. :-)

successfulblogger from Los Angeles,Ca on December 06, 2009:

Nice hub, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi BEAUTYBABE,

So sorry to hear about your experience with the snow, tobagganing and ending up with a concussion. Not exactly the usual fun filled stories one usually congers up when relating snow stories. I did not realize that Australia had snowfields in Thredbo...so that bit of information is interesting. Thanks for reading and leaving your interesting comment. Hope you get to have more happy snow memories someday! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi Dohn,

I agree with you that the snow is spectacularly beautiful when new and unsullied by footprints, car tracks, etc. It's pristine white color seems to repaint the scenery with a newness and freshness that nothing else seems to replicate. As to hearing the snow fall when things are quiet, that is understandable as the snow makes contact with trees, ground, etc. Especially when it is heavy and wet, the splat sound although muted is definite. We always loved the first snows of the season when we lived up north. Of course after many months, we also looked forward to Spring. :-) Thanks for your comment.

BEAUTYBABE from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on December 06, 2009:

Hi Peggy,

What a great day 4th December was for you all in Houston, We don't get snow in this part of Australia where we live. However, I have been to Thredbo in Australia, wheeeeeee, I fell out of a toboggan, and hit my head on a rock. I loved the snow fields. What a treat the snowfall was for you all there such a thrill there for you. This day will go down in history as one of the best, and you were there to witness it. How fantastic it must have been to see SNOW SNOW SNOW

I can't say that I know what it like to snow in your own city, but I have been to the snowfields in Thredbo, which is one of our biggest snowfall areas in the lower part of New South Wales. That was a great place to go but unfortunately my memories are a bit fuzzy, because I fell out of a tobboggan, not so good. I hit my head and the rest is fuzzy because I got a concussion. I doubt that I will get another chance. I am so disappointed about that but I have some memories of the snow there and how it looked. I will treasure those. Hope it happens again for you Pegg. BB

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on December 05, 2009:

What a coincidence that you wrote this one, Peggy! We just got our first snowfall of the year and in total, received only an inch. Most of the snow melted before it hit the ground, but it was magical nevertheless. During this time of year, sledding was best. Snowball fights were only fun when you came out barely "hit" which in my case was never. Making snow men as also a treat, but my favorite out of all things is coming outside as the snow is accumulating, where there are barely any cars moving and everything is untouched because everyone's still sleeping. I can actually "hear" the snowflakes falling (only when it is absolute silent. Sounds far-fetched right? Yes, but it's true!

Great memories for a great hub, Peggy. I reminisced with you the entire time while reading your narrative. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2009:

Hello manlypoetryma,

Glad that you got to see those thick and large snow flurries. It was fun, wasn't it! Apparently we had just the right conditions although rare to have such a snow event take place. The snow on our roof was totally melted by late afternoon today. At least I have my photos! :-) Thanks for your comment and personal experience with this snow in Houston.

ManlyPoetryMan from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... on December 05, 2009:

Let it SNOW...Houston Style...Yeehaa! That was a good thick snow flurry all day....starting about 8am...where I work....they let everyone go early due to the driving conditions. My yard didn't get too much on it cause of the trees catching it all...but the neighbors around me were able to make some normal sized snowmen in their yards. And my roof is still white on the day after! Maybe that was only the first round...for the Winter, Peggy W...Who knows? Great Hub on a Houston Snow Day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2009:

Hello Adsense Strategies,

If you live in Newfoundland, guess you have to expect the snow...right? Have never visited there but would like to change that situation someday. Enjoy your snow when it comes and stay warm. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2009:

Hello myownworld,

That must have been some snow event in London to even close the underground trains! We can all appreciate the inconveniences that must have presented...but everyone that has ever seen new fallen snow can also appreciate the beauty that it would have presented. Can just imagine those children playing in it.

Thanks for the comment on this snow in Houston, Texas hub. Happy to have shared a few childhood memories with you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2009:

Hello loveroflife,

BELIEVE IT...SNOW IN HOUSTON, TEXAS and quite an accumulation considering the place! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2009:

Hi Betty,

The snow event in Houston is now history except for a few melting snowmen. Since you used to live here, you probably appreciate more than others how we felt about this rare but exciting day. Loved it!!! :-) Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.