The weather in Texas is erratic, and with the exception of a sure fire hot summer, the rest of our seasons are a gamble as to what they’ll be like.
Will we get a true fall this year? Will summer overshadow spring’s cool breezes and clear sunshine, with its sudden heat and humidity? The same uncertainty can be said for winter.
We’ve had winters in the last decade that has seen Christmas day feeling more as though we are in the Southern Hemisphere.
But during the winter season, when the thermometer reflects the expected season at hand, snow can be found in far reaching corners of the Lone Star State.
While Houston and Austin received snow in the year 2017 for the first time in 8 or more years, those two cities can’t be sure places you’ll find snow flurries every winter season. Here are the best cities and parks in Texas to experience snow and find your winter wonderland:
- Amarillo, Texas
- Big Bend National Park
- Lubbock, Texas
- El Paso, Texas
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Read more about these five locations in Texas and when to visit them for a chance to catch some winter flurries!
High up in the northern plains of the Texas Panhandle is Amarillo, a city which lies at an elevation of 3,605 feet above sea level.
As the gateway to the panoramic Palo Duro Canyon, it’s location in the top corner of our state sees a great amount of cold weather, with temperatures dropping enough for yearly snow.
It averages a whopping 15 inches of snowfall each year, which despite it being a rather drought prone area, is quite a lot. The storms travel directly south from the Rocky Mountains, where snow falls in December, January, and possibly as late as February.
Big Bend National Park
Head to west Texas to the gorgeous and sprawling Big Bend National Park, where some elevations stand above 3,500 feet. Despite it being a desert environment, the elevation sees drops in overnight temperatures, causing your chance of seeing snow to increase.
The trails are mystical with a dusting of snow, and the ocotillo cacti silhouettes stand stark against the white. If you are in these parts during a dusting of white magic, consider yourself very lucky.
Home to Texas Tech University, Lubbock stands at 3,256 feet and sees an average of 7 inches of snow each year.
Two hours south of Amarillo, it its geographically known as the Llano Estacado, and is part of the southern end of the High Plains. With its proximity to New Mexico and pathway south of the Rocky Mountains, it lies in the trail of cold weather and high winds.
When the temperature drops just enough, expect to see a flat landscape of white dust.
The far west city of El Paso stands at an elevation of 3,740 feet, with the Franklin Mountains looking down upon the city from one side. The North Franklin Mountain is the highest peak standing at 7,192 feet above sea level.
Despite the desert city receiving only 10 inches or less precipitation each year, if the temperatures in winter months are cold enough, then you may see a layer of white fall upon the city.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Home to the highest peak in Texas, the Guadalupe Peak at 8,751 feet, the Guadalupe Mountains, which lie in a protected national park, have elevation to their advantage. Naturally, the chance of seeing snow is greater in these areas.
December, January and February are the months to look for snow, before the landscape thaws out and springs back to life come March.