Snow in Houston - It happens more than you think

Friday, December 08, 2017 03:59PM
A look back at Houston's snowy history


HOUSTON - Snow in Houston doesn't happen every winter, but it does happen. In fact, since the blizzard of 1895, it has snowed 35 times in Houston.

The mother of all snows came on Valentines Day in 1895. Houston was hit with 20 inches of snow on the 14th and 15th of February. The snow didn't just fall in Houston. It was a massive storm that dropped snow from Tampico, Mexico to Pensacola, Florida and set records in New Orleans and Alabama.

Snow in Market Square Houston, 1895


It would be more than 30 years before Houston saw a decent amount of snow again. In 1929, on December 21-22, 2.5 inches of snow fell.

In January 1940, 3 inches of snow fell in Houston, and it snowed again in January of 1949, dropping 2.6 inches of snow.

Snow on the grounds of the Staiti House, Houston in 1940


The second biggest snow in Houston history came on February 12, 1960, with 4.4 inches of snow recorded.
Snow storm in Houston 1960

In the winter of 1973, it snowed three times, dropping 2 inches on Jan. 11, 1.4 inches on Feb. 9-10, and 1.4 inches on Feb. 17-18.

It snowed seven times in the 1980s with the most snow coming on Dec. 22, 1989, with 1.7 inches.

The most recent measurable snow was on December 4th, 2009 with 1 inch. That was also the earliest time in the season that snow had fallen in Houston.

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