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Rain Continues in Texas; Temperature Anomalies Continue

Showers and storms capable of producing localized flooding will persist across Texas through the weekend, with a focus of heavy rainfall along the middle and southern Texas coast. Heavy rain, at times, in central Texas will exacerbate ongoing flooding. Near record low daily high temperatures continue across the East and South, while the West remain warmer than average. Read More >

Overview
A late-season winter storm affected portions of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana which began in the late morning and lasted through the evening of Tuesday February 23, 2010. Cold arctic air filtered into the region late Monday and early Tuesday ahead of an upper level disturbance moving out of the southwestern United States. The upper disturbance was weakening as it progressed east and was eventually phased into a larger scale upper level trough over the eastern United states. However,before it weakened significantly, there was enough lift and moisture to dump up to 4" of snow across portions of Cherokee County and northern Nacogdoches County Texas. Temperatures started the day in the mid to upper 30's across the region but slowly fell as evaporative cooling and snow falling into the warmer air cooled the lowest 1000 feet of atmosphere. Other areas in Smith, Rusk, Gregg, and Angelina Counties reported anywhere from 1-3" of snow which quickly melted due to warmer ground temperatures. Numerous accidents were reported where the heaviest snow occurred in Cherokee and Nacogdoches counties as well as several in the Tyler area.

Locations in Northwest Louisiana warmed too quickly into the lower 40's during the day Tuesday and the evaporative cooling process was not enough to cool many locations to a level which would support the amounts of snow which occurred across East Texas. However, light snow and snow flurries occurred and some trace amounts of snow were reported in the Shreveport area as well as in Natchitoches Louisiana.
Snow Accumulations from February 23, 2010
TEXAS
LOCATION AMOUNT
Alto 4 inches
3 miles SW of Alto 4 inches
Center 0.5 inch
Cushing 4 inches
Henderson 0.5 inch
Jacksonville 3 inches
Lufkin 1 inch
Mount Enterprise 2 inches
Tyler 2 inches
LOUISIANA
Natchitoches Trace
Shreveport Trace
 
Radar and temperatures at 9:30am
Radar image combined with surface temperatures shows most of East Texas is having snow or a snow/rain mix. The rain/snow line wavered during the day but stayed primarily over Deep East Texas. Areas in Louisiana stayed primarily rain, but eventually changed to stay for the final 2-3 hours of the event.
 
Snow pack on visible satellite imagery on February 24
Visible image of the snow cover across East Texas.
 
Snow in Jacksonville, TX
A picture from Jacksonville, TX. Photo is courtesy of KLTV.
 
Snowfall in Rusk, TX
A picture from Rusk, TX, taken around 6pm. Photo is courtesy of KLTV.
 
Snow in Appleby, TX
A picture from Appleby, TX, in northern Nacogdoches County. Photo is courtesy of KLTV.
 
Snow in Tyler, TX
Snow falling in Tyler, TX, around 4pm. Photo courtesy of KLTV.