First snowfall in eight years blankets Houston area

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) — Many woke up on Friday morning to snow falling across the Houston area, a sight not seen in almost a decade. And while it didn’t stick around for too long, it was quite the sight to see.

The last time the Houston area received measurable snowfall was on Dec. 4, 2009, so you can imagine many people were surprised to wake up with snow coating the ground making parts of Texas look like a winter wonderland.

“I loved it,” said one Houstonian who is no stranger to snow. “I’m from Michigan, so it was a reminder of home,”

“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen snow over here in Houston,” said one man who was stopping at the gas station. His wife never witnessing snow until Friday.

Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt did not miss an opportunity to catch mother nature’s frozen fluff fall from above in a social media post.

And from up high, a winterscape of children playing outside even though school was not canceled, only delayed for some in and around Houston.

The snow started late on Thursday night further north of Houston, in College Station, where cell phone video shows a blanketed Kyle Field on the Texas A&M University campus.

Back in Houston, a slick morning commute caused only some minor delays.

“Always, glad to see it snow,” said one commuter. “Glad we don’t have to drive in too much of it.”

The snow stuck to mainly elevated surfaces as it fell with a fury in some spots, but as the sun rose, the snow melted while memories stayed.

“I lived in Colorado and North Dakota for a while, so I can say this was verifiable snow,” said one man who was walking his dog at Memorial Park. “It was exciting.”

According to some people, the snow came in the form of a blessing, especially since the city of Houston and the surrounding area has been through a lot in 2017.

“Oh it’s great. It’s like a Christmas present. You know we wish for snow, we’ve had such bad weather, you know, in the fall with the hurricane and everything so I guess Houston was just blessed with snow so the kids should love it.”

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