The south had a rare weather event this week when Winter Storm Benji turned the South into a winter wonderland. The storm hit Central, and South Texas and San Antonio had 2.5 inches of snow. The last time the Alamo City saw any significant snowfall was in 1987.
The storm moved through the South to the Gulf Coast and the panhandle of Florida. Measurable snowfall in Pensacola has only occurred on six days since 1948. Benji is the first storm to drop any measurable snow on Pensacola Airport since 2014. Miramar Beach and Destin were two location in the northwestern part of the state to report snow flurries.
The snowstorm was one of the most unpredictable to hit the South in recent years. The heavy snow band moved across Austin and San Antonio, to Houston and the beaches of Galveston and Corpus Christi, where 7 inches of snow fell in some areas. Snow fell in Brownsville, one of the country’s southernmost cities, where three days before the storm the hottest temperature in the country of 90 degrees was reported. In Edinburg, near Brownsville, one inch of snow fell. Thundersnow a rare weather event that only happens during snowstorms
was reported in Raymondville.
Snow squalls were reported in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Several school systems in Georgia were closed. More than 400 flights from Atlanta International Airport were canceled on Friday. As the storm moved up the Atlantic Coast to the Northeast, the National Weather Service issued warnings for Northeastern New Jersey, Southeastern New York, and Southern Connecticut.
A Winter Storm Warning was issued for Boston from 4 a.m. on Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. Light snow was predicted for the South Coast of Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and the Islands were even expected to get some wet snow before it changes over to rain. heavier snow is predicted for Saturday afternoon and evening. Southern New Hampshire was expected to see some snow early Saturday afternoon. Due to the low angle of the sun during December the snow will take some time to melt. Motorists should use caution on wet roads.