I have lived in Spring, TX for the majority of my life (with a year in College Station and about 3 months in Huntsville). We don't get "snow" by the standard definition, and what we do get is rare. I can think of a handful (literally) of times when we had SE Texas' version of snow. This time? Oh, this was so amazingly different.
The last time we had snow was in 2009. Within a couple hours of it falling, it was melted and turned to mush. Gross, crunchy mush. It was pretty while it lasted, but it faded quickly and left us with a great deal of slick and dangerous mud.
That was the most snow I'd seen fall in Spring. Like I said, we don't see snow often. That damn ocean keeps us too warm for it most of the time.
This (~>) meme goes around quite a bit on my Facebook this time of year. It's laughable and pretty damn accurate for us. We keep our schools open amid and immediately following record setting floods (Memorial Day Floods, Tax Day Floods) but we close them the second there's any sign of potential ice or snow because most Houstonians honestly don't know how to drive on that kind of slick roads. I was honestly incredibly surprised that schools were open today.
Late last night/Early this morning, we experienced snow like I have never seen [in this state]. It started early, around 8:45 or 9 at night (Dec. 7) eliciting an argument between my husband and I about the difference between snow and sleet. I think he was just in denial. Turns out, he hates snow. What a weirdo, right? We brought the boys out to see the first of the snowflakes. Connor loved it! Catching them in his hand and on his tongue. Kylar was on Mike's side and wanted to go back in pretty damn quickly.
We did bath time and bedtime, then hubs and I came back downstairs to watch Psych The Movie. By the end of the movie, we had an inch of snow! Now, to you northerners and those who get snow regularly, that may not seem like a lot, but we never get that much snow.
By 1 am, we were waking Connor up to come see the increasingly intense falling snow and enjoy the winter wonderland, expecting it all to be melted by morning, as per usual. He had a freaking blast and so did I! We love snow.
We all finally went to bed around 2, knowing that it was a great experience but it would all be gone by morning. Man, we were wrong! We woke up to at least another inch of snow. It was already starting to melt and fall away, but it was beautiful. I took way too many pictures, and Connor and I got a little too cold playing out in it this morning, but it was completely worth it. I know he probably won't remember this, and that sucks, but I have a plethora of pictures to remind him and I will never forget this. This kind of snow, in Houston, is almost certainly a once in a lifetime experience.
The closest we'll probably ever get to a white Christmas.
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