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Everyone is freaking out about snow in Texas

POSTED: December 8, 2017 10:49 p.m.
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Snowflakes fell in several areas of southern Texas on Thursday, including major cities San Antonio, Houston and Austin.

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They say everything's bigger in Texas. But does that apply to its snowflakes?

We may soon learn the answer, as snowflakes fell in several areas of southern Texas on Thursday, including the cities of San Antonio and Austin.

Snow often falls in the northern areas of Texas, but rarely in the south.

Houston similarly woke up to snow, according to The Houston Chronicle. Forecasters said the ground is still warm, so it’s unlikely to stick around for too long.

"The problem is that everything is still so warm, so that anything that falls isn't likely to be measurable," said Melissa Huffman with the National Weather Service to the Chronicle. "You could see some minor accumulations on some grassy surfaces, but there would be a better chance southwest of Houston."

And while snow isn’t common in Houston, the city has been known to take on the appearance of a winter wonderland from time to time, according to KTRK-TV.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt made headlines for his social media post of the snow.

The snow isn’t finished falling yet. According to CNN, the snowstorm is moving toward both Corpus Christi and Brownsville. About 2 to 3 inches of snow are expected in these areas.

To put that in perspective: Corpus Christi has only seen snow in eight days since 1948. The last snowfall came in 2004, when the city received 2.3 inches, according to CNN.

Unconventional weather appears to be the new norm. People freaked out last week when the island Hawaii became a winter wonderland. Summits of the volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa received an early coat of snow, according to the Deseret News.

The snowfall contradicted typical beliefs that snow doesn’t fall in the Pacific island paradise. But the Huffington Post dispelled that idea, reporting that snow in Hawaii is common. In fact, Hawaii received more snow in one week earlier this year than Denver and Chicago received in the first two months of the year.
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