Photos: Unusually early, heavy snow creates 'winter wonderland' from Texas to Alabama

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, AccuWeather staff writer
December 08, 2017, 11:47:48 AM EST

As unusually cold air arrived in the southern United States during the latter part of this week, it provided opportunities for residents to experience rare snowfall.

The wintry weather created slick and hazardous travel conditions from southern Texas to Alabama on Friday morning with numerous accidents forcing road closures throughout the region.

In southeastern Texas, over 4 inches of snow was measured at the National Weather Service Office, Corpus Christi, Texas, and thundersnow was also reported in the area. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the most recent accumulating snowfall in the city came back in 2004.

Houston officials urged motorists to drive with caution due to the snowy and icy conditions as at least 14 locations on greater Houston roadways were reporting ice or snow. A total of 1-2 inches of accumulating snow had been reported in the city.

The snow in Houston was the on record and the first time the city received measurable snow since Dec. 4, 2009.

Snow even fell as far south as Brownsville, Texas, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. The only previous report of measurable snowfall in Brownsville in recorded history came on Dec. 25, 2004.

Light snow officially at our office and at the ASOS station at Brownsville-South Padre International Airport . #rgv #txwx

— NWS Brownsville (@NWSBrownsville)

Elsewhere, around 5 inches of snow was reported in Jackson, Mississippi, and 1 inch was reported around Birmingham, Alabama.

As the flakes continued to fly, residents took to social media to express a combination of bewilderment and excitement.

An area of high pressure situated over the Rockies forced cold air down into the Gulf states. Along with moisture moving into the region from Mexico, it provided the right combination for snow and ice to develop, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. 

Wintry weather will continue throughout the South into Friday night, with a hard freeze expected to last through the weekend as precipitation subsides.

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Accumulating snow was measured in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday. (Photo/NWS Corpus Christi)

A snowy scene was observed in Mendenhall, Mississippi. (Photo/Twitter user @Futurechaser24)

Snow fell on Texas Department of Transportation trucks in the Corpus Christi region. (Photo/Texas Department of Transportation)

Snow coated the ground in Scooba, Mississippi, on Friday. (Photo/John Baker)

Old Man Winter still dusting Corpus Christi. Harbor Bridge open and TxDOT crews have kept it well treated all night with small gravel/deicing agent. Go to for road conditions.


Sgt. Brawner brings his A game with the first entry in the HCSO snowman contest. The bar is high, folks.

— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas)

Snow in Katy, Texas doesn’t happen very often. Coaches, let’s see those pics!☃️

— Katy ISD Athletics (@KatyISDAthletic)

Houston snow 2017 ❄️❄️❄️❄️

— Houston Police (@houstonpolice)

Dressed as Santa Claus, Eldon Hansen stands in front of the Alamo as snow falls in downtown San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A heavy morning snow falls in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, as an electronic sign posts a winter weather advisory for drivers along I-55. The forecast called for a wintry mix of precipitation across several Deep South states. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Christine Co builds a snowman Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Spring, Texas, north of Houston. Rare snowfall in many parts of southern Texas has knocked out power to thousands, caused numerous accidents along slick roadways and closed schools. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Emmaline Dendinger enjoys a hearty bite of snow in her mid-Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The forecast called for a wintry mix of precipitation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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