You read that headline correctly! Snowflakes are coming to the states of Texas and Oklahoma during the month of October.
Surely, these areas are no stranger to snowfall but this will be quite early in the season!
The snow storm engulfed Colorado from Wednesday afternoon and continued into early Thursday, leaving some impressive totals in the foothills of Colorado, with anywhere from a few inches up to nearly 2 feet (record is for San Isabel with 20.0 inches and widespread 2-4″ in Denver metro area).
RT breakingweather: A storm blanketed parts of Colorado with snow on Wednesday night, including Denver and Colorado Springs, creating wintery scenes from the Front Range to the mountain peaks: https://t.co/gpDaINaFcs pic.twitter.com/bazZ5n9WXU— Zachary's Weather (@ZacharysWeather) October 25, 2019
Widespread winter weather alerts remained in effect through late Thursday morning, until gradually clearing from the north to the south, as the snow moved into New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Say it ain't #snow in #Texas! Thursday evening @NWSAmarillo reported 2.5 – 3.0 inches at their office with— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) October 25, 2019
drifts in the 10-12 inch range. #TXwx
Video Credit: @dawn_mathis (IG) pic.twitter.com/ehfcl9kisO
Snowflakes in Texas and Oklahoma is not unaware of… But this snow is quite early in the season.
Tricky forecast coming up for the panhandles, October snow (or not) is usually an interesting forecast. Accumulating snow in the month of October has only occurred 7 times since 1950 in #Amarillo. Last time it occurred was in 2011. #phwx #txwx— NWS Amarillo (@NWSAmarillo) October 23, 2019
Taking Amarillo as example, the average first measurable snowfall in Amarillo is November 25 and the first average 1″ (or more) of snow is December 11. As shown in the tweet below, these records have been easily beaten yesterday:
After receiving 5.5” of #snow yesterday, here’s a look from our office shortly after #sunrise. Drive safely out there, as area roadways are snow packed and #icy! #Amarillo #Texas #txwx #okwx #phwx pic.twitter.com/pshTLkvmVL— NWS Amarillo (@NWSAmarillo) October 25, 2019
Now, looking back at the records, there aren’t too many ‘big’ storms this early in the year for Amarillo and the latest has beaten all previous snowfalls.
Multiple accidents have occurred on highways in and around the Amarillo area as roads turned slushy, snowy and icy.
Look toward the Texas Panhandle and parts of North-Western Oklahoma! That moving band of white are clouds, but that stationary band of white is actually SNOW that accumulated put there yesterday! #okwx #txwx @OKwxlab pic.twitter.com/lWREha2OyJ— Jacob Robb (@jacobrobbwx) October 25, 2019
The heavy snowfalls in Oklahoma prompt officials to close schools and roads:
School closures reported after snow in western Oklahoma https://t.co/xhPN6gNg8F— YPORTBILL (@yportbill) October 25, 2019
This snow falling in the Texas Panhandle is all courtesy of unseasonably cold air interacting with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Another very unusual weather system. [ABC57, WeatherNation, Accuweather]