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Critical Fire Weather Conditions Persist in California; Becoming Unsettled over the Rockies & Gulf Coast

Dry and gusty winds will continue to result in elevated to critical fire weather conditions across portions of California through Sunday. Elsewhere, a more active pattern will return to the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies with areas of rain & snow, while showers and storms develop over the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast. Read More >

Clouds and rain chances will both increase through the day as a low pressure system approaches from the southwest . Some isolated thunderstorms will be possible across the southern portions of the region this afternoon. High temperatures will range from the lower 50s to around 60.
Rain chances return this afternoon/night for North and Central TX. Showers are expected develop across Central TX early this afternoon and will expand northward late this evening/night before shifting to the east during the overnight hours. Isolated storms with a few lightning strikes possible. Overnight lows will stay in the low to mid 40s.
After quiet weather on Sunday, another disturbance will move across the region, bringing chances of rain and isolated thunderstorms back to North and Central Texas.
Maybe you've heard a rumor about wintry weather before Christmas? It's true, some of the forecast data does suggest a weather pattern favorable for winter weather. However, this potential event is so far out (beyond 7 days in fact), that a great deal of uncertainty exists, and as a result, we cannot definitively pin down what the weather pattern will look like. We know that arctic air is likely to surge through the region late Thursday and into Friday. We do NOT know whether precipitation will be able to develop in the cold airmass, as this will depend on the position of upper-level features which are being poorly modeled at this time. The two main scenarios are either for a mainly dry and cold forecast, or one with impacts from freezing rain, sleet, and snow across the region. Keep checking back for updates as the potential impacts from this next system become more certain.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.

 
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Historic Texas Snowstorm
December 20-21, 1929

 

Hillsboro's 26-inch snowfall tally certified as all-time 24-hour snowfall record for the state of Texas!

 

The first half of December 1929 was remarkably warm across North Texas, most days featuring highs in the 60s and 70s.  However, the mild weather came to an abrupt end on December 17 when an arctic front blew through the region.  Within 24 hours, temperatures had fallen some 40 degrees.  The mercury struggled to top the freezing mark on December 18 despite abundant sunshine.  In the Panhandle, where temperatures were plunging to near 0°F, a strong storm system was invading.  By the morning of December 19, 1 to 2 inches of snow had fallen across portions of the Panhandle.

The system dug slowly southeastward.  Snow began falling in western portions of North Texas during the afternoon hours of December 20.  Lightning and thunder accompanied the snow throughout the following night.  By daybreak on December 21, several inches of snow had fallen across Central Texas from Junction to Lampasas, northeastward to Palestine and Athens.  Clifton and Hillsboro had already accumulated 16 inches of snow by daylight that morning.  The heavy snow continued through much of the day, before tapering off during the late afternoon and evening hours.  By late evening on December 21, the snow was confined to far East Texas.

December 1929 Snowstorm - Monthly Weather Review

Monthly Weather Review, March 1930   

The storm lasted barely 24 hours, but the storm totals were nothing short of extraordinary.  A swath of snowfall in excess of 12 inches was 2 to 3 counties wide.  Along the axis of maximum depth, totals exceeded 24 inches, on par with the heaviest snowfalls in Texas history.  Clifton recorded 24 inches of snow in just 24 hours.  Nearby Hillsboro tallied 26 inches, which has been certified as the all-time 24-hour snowfall record for the state of Texas.

Where the snowfall was greatest, temperatures plummeted into the single digits.  In Waco, where the 13-inch total remains a 24-hour record for the site, the mercury fell to 2°F, one of the coldest temperatures ever recorded there.  With 2 feet of snow on the ground, Clifton bottomed out at 0°F.  In Dallas/Fort Worth, where only a dusting of snow was recorded during the event, temperatures quickly rebounded, reaching 70°F on Christmas Day.

 

 Storm Total Snowfall - December 20-21, 1929

 

The Hillsboro Mirror - December 21, 1929

The Hillsboro Mirror, December 21, 1929 

 Snowfall in Vaughan 

The above photo was taken in Vaughan, about 5 miles
west of Abbott in Hill County.  Southwest of Hillsboro,
Vaughan was near the axis of maximum snowfall.

Thanks to the McIlroy family for sharing this photo.