Sunday sleet comes as a surprise to residents

February 13, 2012 3:15:00 AM PST
A rainy day is expected today, but it was sleet yesterday that surprised a lot of local residents.

While the temperature was above freezing, several areas saw small amounts of wintry precipitation. For many families in the Spring area, it was hard to make out exactly what this wintery precipitation was. Michelle Garcia and her husband could hear it coming down in their back yard.

"We were surprised. I didn't know that was a possibility today," she said.

They grabbed their camera to capture the few minutes of falling ice. Other ABC13 viewers sent in videos in or described the brief taste of winter.

"At first it was coming down like flakes, like four something. It was flakes, but then it melted. Then we were on [F.M.] 1960 and it was sleet, hard sleet," Johnny Wright said.

A second round of light snow came after dark, and the rare experience got mixed reactions.

"I think it's too cold. I'm not used to this. I didn't move to Houston for this. I moved here for the warm days," resident Kamecia Jones said.

"I'd rather it be cold. I don't like the heat. It's too hot here for me," Garcia said.

Like many neighbors who already covered plants, the Garcias said they would do the same. Others said they were just staying off the roads and indoors.

"Just being extra careful," Wright said.

The atmosphere warmed overnight, diminishing the potential for any kind of frozen precipitation.

Those who took precautions to cover their plants won't have to leave them on long. We are expected to be in the 70s by the middle of the week.

If you see freezing rain, sleet, flurries or small hail in your area, please snap a photo or take a video and email it to News@abc13.com or upload it at iWitness.abc13.com so we can post it online.


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