HUNTSVILLE, Texas -– The cold weather surprised residents north of Houston early Tuesday afternoon as snow fell in Walker, Montgomery and Grimes Counties.
The snow stopped about 2 p.m. in Huntsville.
"It was heavy and it looked nice," said Gustovo Solis.
There was no accumulation of snow in Huntsville and no signs of ice on the roadways.
KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Brooks Garner said it was 37 degrees in Trinity around 12:30 p.m. as big, flat flakes fell from the sky.
"The HD doppler shows a combination of wet snow or sleet moving from the north into our southern counties," said Garner. "We have, at least in the upper levels of our atmosphere, the strong chance for freezing rain heading into our afternoon hours."
Chief Meteorologist David Paul spotted snowflakes along Highway 290 at Beltway 8 shortly after 1 p.m.
And we even saw a few flakes missed with freezing rain near our KHOU 11 Studios west of downtown and in MIdtown.
"I think it's awesome. I love the snow," said Justin Putzier, who is from Wyoming. "To see it snow down here, I didn't think it'd ever happen."
Earlier in the day, most of Tuesday’s rain had pushed off to the east by noontime, leaving us with a cold and cloudy afternoon, but more of the wet stuff was approaching from the north. There's a 40- to 50-percent chance for precipitation in Houston this afternoon, according to Garner.
The chance for precipitation will decrease later in the evening heading into the overnight hours, leaving us cold and clear the rest of the week.