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Houston History: A look back at 2004, Southeast Texas’ white Christmas

Viewer photo of snow in Texas
Viewer photo of snow in Texas (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Fifteen years ago, Houstonians were dreaming of a white Christmas. For some residents, those dreams came true (sort of).

Before thousands could fill their Instagram feeds with snow photos and holiday captions, many were racing to grab their digital cameras, hoping to capture a pic of their frosted lawns.

On Dec. 22, 2004, a cold front made its way across the South Texas region, plunging temperatures into the mid-30s with frigid weather continuing into the next day. On Christmas Eve, colder air came through, producing snow.

Annotated satellite imagery of South Texas and north-eastern Mexico on Christmas Day morning in 2004.
Annotated satellite imagery of South Texas and north-eastern Mexico on Christmas Day morning in 2004. (NASA EODIS Worldview)

Although the Houston metro didn’t receive a foot of snow, parts of southwest Houston and the greater area did receive a few inches.

According to the National Weather Service, areas such as Galveston received a total of 4 inches of snow and Friendswood received 3 inches.

Snowfall Totals from 2004
Snowfall Totals from 2004 (National Weather Service)

The real Christmas miracle took place in a large portion of South Texas where amounts from 6 to 12 inches of snow were recorded. For some cities, this was truly a Christmas miracle.

Video of snow in Houston 2004

Do you remember when it snowed in 2004?


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