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By the numbers: Houston's history of snow

As hard as it is to believe, the Weather Research Center shows Houston has quite the snow-filled history, dating back all the way to Valentine's Day in 1895 where Space City saw 20 inches of snow.

HOUSTON — January, the first month of the year, is usually a forecast full of frosty days and freezing temperatures.

Well, that's for many states, but definitely not in Texas.

Areas north of Houston may get lucky and see a few snowflakes Wednesday morning, and anytime that happens, it’s a big deal.

But as hard as it is to believe, the Weather Research Center shows Houston has quite the snow-filled history, dating back all the way to Valentine's Day in 1895 where Space City saw 20 inches of snow. That’s the greatest snowfall in the history of Houston.

The ones to come after were never that extreme, but still they were exciting.

The next largest snowfall came in 1960 when Houston got 4.4 inches, and then in 1940, when we got 3 inches.

The earliest snowfall Houston's ever seen was in 2009 when we got an entire inch of snow on Dec. 4.

The latest was in 1932 where we got a little less than an inch on March 10.

But you may not know a new record was set just last year when trace amounts of snow fell Nov. 13, 2018, making it the earliest observed snow on record.

By month, 35 percent of all Houston snowfalls happened in February, 32 percent in January and 30 percent in December.

Each month is pretty even, but what that does show is we’re very much in the middle of Houston's snowfall season, no matter how insignificant it may be.

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