Southerners woke up to a magical sight Friday morning — snow, from Texas to Alabama. Even Brownsville, the city farthest south in the Lone Star State, got in on the action early Friday morning.
More than 100,000 customers lost power in the South as the heavy snow brought down branches and power lines. It’s the same storm that’s cranking up to bring as much as a foot of snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Snowfall reports are accumulating in Houston, and the meteorologists at Space City Weather are approximating anywhere from a coating to 2 inches of snow in the Houston area. With road crews ill-prepared to deal with snow and ice, roadways were slick Friday morning, leading to several accidents.
Space City Weather’s Matt Lanza estimated that the storm will rank in the top 10 to 15 on record for Houston, though the snowfall totals in College Station — about 95 miles northwest of Houston — were more impressive.
“Obviously, College Station did quite well last night,” Lanza said in a post Friday morning. “They received 5 [inches] officially, which would rank it their second biggest snow on record.”
Between this and Hurricane Harvey, Texas has certainly seen its share of extreme weather this year.
Even residents of Corpus Christi, the South Texas city along the Gulf Coast, saw four inches of snowfall — their first since 2004 — and thundersnow was reported in Brownsville.
The storm was pushing east Friday morning, and areas from Louisiana to western North Carolina were already seeing heavy, wet snow by 10 a.m., which will continue through most of the day. Thundersnow was reported in Louisiana, and five inches of snow had already accumulated in Jackson, Miss.
In Atlanta, traffic snarled before the snow even started. Big, fat snowflakes were falling at the Weather Channel headquarters in Cobb County, just north of Atlanta, early Friday afternoon. Traffic maps showed congestion ramping up along the downtown connector and the Interstate 285 perimeter.
Rain will gradually turn to snow in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic on Friday, spreading north to New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Friday night.