PHOTOS: Historic snow hits Bay Area

Streets of the MarBella neighborhood are snowy, as seen from above the morning of Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Streets of the MarBella neighborhood are snowy, as seen from above the morning of Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)

Streets of the MarBella neighborhood are snowy, as seen from above the morning of Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)

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A snowman emerged from the frigid temperatures in the South Shore neighborhood. (Courtesy city of League City)
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Streets of the MarBella neighborhood are snowy, as seen from above the morning of Feb. 15. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
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Homes near Walter Hall Park saw snow Feb. 15.
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Homes near Walter Hall Park saw snow Feb. 15. (Courtesy of Jamie Hart)
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Roadways were snowy and icy across the Bay Area, including along Texas 96 in League City. (Courtesy of Sasha Salazar)
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The Marina del Sol area in Kemah also saw a snowy start to the week of Feb. 15. (Courtesy of Anita Alvarez)
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Snow is seen in League City behind the Big League Dreams sports complex. (Courtesy Cristina Bautista)
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The shores of Seabrook's El Jardin Beach are snowy the morning of Feb. 15. (Courtesy Bradley Brown)
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Snow is seen along Hwy. 3. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Westwood neighborhood saw snow sticking to the ground around 5 a.m. Feb. 15. (Courtesy Sylvia Trevino)
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Many businesses, schools and other offices were already closed for Presidents Day on Feb. 15. (Courtesy city of League City)
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Cars were lightly blanketed in snow in Kemah the morning of Feb. 15. (Courtesy Jessica Holcomb)

The Greater Houston area, including the Bay Area, was blanketed in snow overnight—a rare occurrence in a normally hot, humid coastal city.

As of the morning of Feb. 15, snow has mostly stopped falling, but cold remains a factor.

Temperatures will remain 10 to 20 degrees inland and 20 degrees along the coast. Wind chill readings of -10 to -12 degrees are possible, according to the Houston and Galveston office of the National Weather Service.

The night of Feb. 15, temperatures will drop even further, but things will begin to warm up Feb. 16. Most snow and ice south of the I-10 corridor will likely begin melting the afternoon of Feb. 16, according to the NWS.

Later in the week, another storm system will move in, likely bringing rain to coastal areas and a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to northern areas. Cold air will return the morning of Feb. 18, according to the NWS.



Residents have begun experiencing power outages. The Energy Reliability Council of Texas has begun rolling blackouts across the state to reduce constraints on the power grid. They could last 15-30 minutes, according to a League City news release, but already some have been without power for hours.

If a power outage lasts more than an hour, it is not a rolling blackout, according to the League City release. Generators are down across the state, and while operators are working to fix them, there is no timeline yet for restoration. More than 500,000 homes throughout the state are without power, according to the release.

League City residents should not call 911 to report an outage. Instead, call 888-866-7456 and select option 1. To view a power outage map, visit www.tnmp.com/power-outage-map.

In response to the weather, all League City building and parks are closed Feb. 15, and Clear Creek ISD is closed Feb. 15 and 16. All city programming has been canceled, and League City's and Houston’s trash pickup services have been disrupted. A determination has not been made if closures will remain Feb. 16.

Additionally, area roads are closed, including FM 270 over Clear Creek, Hwy. 96 over Dickinson Avenue at Hwy. 3, the Hwy. 146 bridge and I-45 from NASA Parkway to El Dorado Boulevard. For more information, visit http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/roadclosures/#iceonroadway.

According to a press release from Dave Martin, Houston City Council member for District E, residents can register for AlertHouston to receive critical information during emergencies. Residents can sign up for alerts through email, text message, voice call or mobile app push notification.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.