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)

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

<

MOST RECENT

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

New features and activities will include a five-story waterslide, catapult swing and Houston's longest swim-up bar.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In June 2018, in response to Hurricane Harvey, League City City Council made its development standards stricter to help mitigate flooding for new developments. Now, the council is considering relaxing those ordinances at staff’s request. (Courtesy city of League City)
League City City Council debates whether to loosen flood standards for developments

In June 2018, in response to Hurricane Harvey, League City City Council made its development standards stricter to help mitigate flooding for new developments. Now, the council is considering relaxing those ordinances at staff’s request.

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
County commissioners expand scope of flood tunnel study as next phase nears completion

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou.

League City City Council meeting stock photo image
League City City Council rezones more land for commercial development

Similar to the zoning change approved in late April, League City City Council on May 11 approved another zoning change to align land uses.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Clear Creek ISD officials said recounting election votes will be a first for the district. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Clear Creek ISD to recount votes from District 5 race

Unofficial results show incumbent Jay Cunningham won re-election with 1,406 of the votes. His opponents, Christine Parizo and Keith Esthay, earned 841 and 10 votes, respectively.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year