Texas December 18, 2017
It’s Impossible To Forget These 5 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Texas History
Harsh winter weather isn’t exactly a typical thing here in Texas, so we definitely remember the times when it does happen. A few rare years have brought huge blizzards or ice storms that we’ll never forget – they caused destruction and death, and have left a lasting mark on the Lone Star State. Here are five of the absolute worst:
1. Panhandle Blizzard of 1957
This storm was a truly rare phenomenon considering how late in the season it took place. From March 22-25, the panhandle was berated with a devastating winter storm that dropped 10-20 inches of snow and drifts of 15-30 feet. Travel was completely impassable, and even snow plows that are equipped to drive in such conditions became stranded. Over 20% of the area's cattle population was lost from the storm as well.
2. San Antonio Snowstorm of 1985
Leaving the city buried under more than a foot of snow, this January winter storm was the worst snow San Antonio had seen in over 100 years. The mayor ordered citizens to essentially shelter in place, instructing businesses to remain closed until the snow was melted and roads were no longer icy. It sure looks like the children made the most out of the situation!
3. Winter Storm Goliath of 2015
This full-blown blizzard has gone down in history as one of the worst our state has ever seen. Snow drifts of 8+ feet were reported at Cannon Air Force Base (near the Texas/New Mexico border), and winds of nearly 50 miles per hour blew down power lines and made post-holiday travel conditions treacherous. The wind chill made the temperature feel as cold as -5 degrees. Needless to say, it was a day to remember in West Texas.
4. North American Ice Storm of 2017
The worst ice storm in 10 years covered nearly 1,000 miles and caused downed trees, power outages, and deadly driving conditions. Some of the worst conditions happened in northwestern Texas, with ice accumulation on the roads as well as snowfall.
5. Houston Snowstorm of 1960
The second-highest snowfall in Houston history happened in February of 1960, with over 4.4 inches hitting the ground. It pales in comparison only to the storm of 1895, which dropped an astounding 20 inches of snow on Valentine's Day. Incredible numbers for a city not used to more than the occasional sleet, that's for sure.
Take a look at a few of the storms in action:
Here’s the Panhandle Blizzard (the video shows Kansas as well since the storm was widespread):
…and the San Antonio snowstorm:
…and the Houston storm:
Do you remember any of these storms? What other blizzards or ice storms have devastated Texas over the years? For some more pleasant instances of snowfall in Texas, check out
9 Times Snow Transformed Texas Into The Most Beautiful Scenery.