This past weekend, Taylor became a winter wonderland.
On Sunday, Jan. 10, snow blanketed Taylor, Williamson County and much of central Texas. Approximately 3 inches fell in Taylor according to the Taylor Texas Weather Network (TTWN).
“I’ve lived here in Taylor for 25 years and I’ve been keeping the records for the National Weather Service here for the last 20,” said TTWN’s John Taylor. “That’s the most snow accumulation on the ground that I’ve seen here in my time.”
Galleries of Sunday's snow can be found to the left or beneath this story.
According to TTWN’s John Taylor, light rain and drizzle started intermittingly around midnight the night before starting to fall more consistently around 6 a.m.
“At 9 (a.m.), it became light rain mixed with snow grains, and I call it snow grains because they not much bigger than a grain of sand,” said Taylor. “Then at 9:30, it changed to all snow and it became snowflakes.”
Heavy snowfall lasted until around 4:30 p.m. before it began to taper off with precipitation no longer detected on radar.
“We had little traces here and there that lasted all the way to midnight,” said Taylor. “It just came in little isolated flurries, and most of that were snow grains rather than snowflakes.”
The National Weather Service also placed Williamson County under a Winter Storm Warning for most of Sunday. While many residents had fun with winter, the storm had some dangerous effects such as hazardous road conditions. Precipitation that lingered on the ground overnight was then susceptible to freezing temperatures.
On Monday, Jan. 11, all east Williamson County school campuses closed due to potential icy roads in the morning. Taylor ISD, Coupland ISD, Hutto ISD and Granger ISD were shut down. Thrall ISD conducted only virtual online courses. Campuses reopened on Tuesday.
Looking ahead, Wednesday is forecast with a high 60 degrees and low of 38. Thursday could reach 67 degrees in the day before dipping to 36 at night. Afterward, highs for the next several days are expected to hover around 60 degrees with lows in the upper 30s. The next chance of precipitation comes Sunday with a 20% chance of rain showers.
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