In a weird twist of events, areas from south Texas to Georgia have now seen more snow this season than the Twin Cities and much of the state of Minnesota. Yes, you read that right.
More than 5” of snow has fallen is some areas from College Station, Texas (home of Texas A&M University) to central Mississippi and Alabama, with more on the way further east. It was the first accumulating snow in Corpus Christi, Texas since 2004 and the first for the city of Houston since 2009. It’s slightly more common further northeast happening about every other year in parts of Alabama and Georgia, but still pretty unusual in the first week or so of December.
While Minnesota has been significantly colder than these areas, dozens of locations have now seen more snow than the Twin Cities so far this season with the metro only recording 3 inches by early Friday. This is unusual to say the least considering the metro averages more than a foot already by this point in the season.
So what gives? Well, our cold air mass managed to make it all the way to the Gulf Coast. Well a storm developed in the Gulf of Mexico late in the week and began to spread rain across the south. But the advancing cold air and the strengthening sub-tropical jet stream drawing in plenty of moisture along with cold air continuing to pour into the region all teamed up to create the “perfect storm” for some southern snowfall.
Current forecast shows this storm continuing into the Northeast this weekend dropping what could be the first significant snowfall of the season from DC to Boston.