Snow blankets the landscape along Highway 16 southeast of Pipe Creek on Friday morning, Dec. 8. The Lakehills area received more than 2 inches of snow Thursday night, Dec. 7, and into Friday, the national weather service said, in what was considered the heaviest snowfall in decades.
Snow fell and accumulated across Bandera County on Thursday night, Dec. 7, and into Friday, Dec. 8, creating headaches for motorists in areas, knocking power out to almost 4,600 Bandera Electric Cooperative customers and delaying school a couple of hours on Friday so roads could warm up.
It also produced some stunning, winter scenes for residents to enjoy before the snow melted Friday. Bandera County Commissioner Bruce Eliker, who snapped some photos of the snow-covered landscape, said many residents seemed to enjoy the snow in concentrations not seen since a much worse storm in 1985.
The National Weather Service in New Braunfels issued a report on the snow event saying it was caused by a strong upper level trough that hit the area on Wednesday, Dec. 6, producing rain and some snow and ice early on. The snow intensified Thursday night as colder temperatures combined with heavier precipitation in the atmosphere.
The weather service said snowfall totals in South Central Texas overnight on Thursday ranged from a trace to 5 inches in Fedor northeast of Bastrop. In Bandera County, the heaviest reading was 2.2 inches of snow near Lakehills. Less than half-an-inch of snow was recorded in the Medina area.
Boerne received 2 inches of snow, and 1.9 inches of powder fell in Sabinal, according to the weather service.
It said the 1.9 inches of snow that fell at San Antonio International Airport over Thursday and Friday was the highest total since 13.5 inches of snow was recorded there in the Jan. 12-13 blizzard of 1985.
Last week’s episode also ranked as the second earliest snowfall at San Antonio International, topped only by an event on Nov. 23, 1957.
Bandera County authorities said the worst problems were in the Timber Creek subdivision near Highway 16 southeast of Pipe Creek where icy conditions on a steep section of road sent one motorist sliding into a ditch and forced officials to close Timber Creek Road overnight Thursday.
Bandera County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Matt King said icy conditions created more problems for motorists in the southern part of the county. Park Road 37 experienced particularly hazardous conditions and was closed for a short period as well, authorities said.
King said several accidents were caused by the ice and snow, but no serious accidents were reported.
BEC officials reported that 2,241 customers in the Pipe Creek area experienced outages during the event, along with 1,436 customers in the Medina Lake area and 904 Boerne area customers.
The outages came and went over about four hours, but most outages were corrected in 1-2 hours, a spokesman said.