Houston’s Earliest Snowfall

It’s the earliest snow fall on record in Houston. Most of the city has seen steady snow all day — although much of it doesn’t stick. But a lot Houstonians don’t know how to drive in this weather. Laurie Johnson reports.

“The weather outside is frightful…”

People from up north may laugh at our Texan response to the light snowfall. Dozens of schools and districts closed early or cancelled afternoon and evening classes.

And traffic is already jamming on the freeways as drivers figure out how to get home through all this white stuff.

Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt says the best strategy for getting home safely is to be courteous.

“What we need to see here is the same type of courtesy we saw during Ike, where people when the intersection lights were out, the signal lights weren’t working, people came up and stopped. They were very courteous and let other people through. We need that same type of conduct going through this storm.”

The snow is expected to continue off and on throughout the evening and into the night. As the temperatures drop, overpasses and bridges could become icy.

Hurtt says he opened the city’s emergency operating center to monitor side effects from the weather conditions.

“We have our normal officers out, but of course the people that we’re really concentrating on for the next 24 hours or so are our traffic officers. So we have them dispersed at different areas of the city and out on the freeways to make sure that we have an appropriate response so we don’t have secondary crashes.”

And Hurtt asks that people just stay home tonight instead of getting on the roads.

“And since we’ve no place to go…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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