With snow falling across San Antonio on Thursday evening, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in South Texas.
The National Weather Service forecast snow during the evening hours before midnight, with clouds and lows near 33 degrees and north winds of 5 to 10 mph. A winter weather advisory was in effect until midnight, and total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch was possible.
Along with the snow came power outages. As of 9:25 p.m., CPS Energy had reported 470 outages affecting 88,800 customers. Some of the outages reportedly were caused by fallen trees.
The San Antonio International Airport, where 1.4 inches of snowfall was recorded Thursday night, was reminding travelers to check the status of flights before leaving for the airport.
Due to the weather, Comal Independent School District and Boerne ISD planned to delay school openings by two hours on Friday at all campuses. Northside ISD and Northeast ISD stated that district officials were monitoring the weather, but neither district had announced delays or closures Thursday night.
St. Mary’s University announced it would delay its opening until 10 a.m. Friday, while the University of Texas at San Antonio stated that its campuses would open at noon.
Thursday’s snowfall was the first in San Antonio since Feb. 4, 2011, when the city recorded 0.4 inches. But many recall the snow storm on Jan. 11-13, 1985, when a record-breaking 13.5 inches of the white stuff blanketed the Alamo City.
Friday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then a gradual clearing and high temperatures near 55 degrees.