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Old 09-25-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Some years, there's hardly any snow but others -- like 2010 and 2011 -- it's more like this:

Snowfall of more than 11 inches has North Texas seeing white | Dallas Morning News

Snow makes Dallas feel more like Green Bay - Weather | NBC News
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Old 09-25-2015, 07:00 PM
 
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The definitions of "snow" and "cold" depend upon where you hail from.

Someone from Alaska or the Dakotas would probably come down here and chuckle at what we call snow.
Someone from parts of Florida may come here and think Armageddon had broken loose in the winter.

When I came to the DFW area from Houston back in '98, I was told it didn't really snow much, but it iced. I feel like it's snowed at least once in most of the years I've been here. By "snowed", I mean anywhere from 0.25" to 8-10" or a bit more that one year.

What I fear more around here is the ice that seems to cause more havoc than anything. I like cold (20's-30's at the lowest), but can't stand snow and ice.
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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how often is it really cold in dallas? I looked at the temperature and it looked like winter can last 2 months where it's close to 40. Is it really that cold?

As someone who has lived off and on much of my life in Dallas, and lived two other colder climates, there's not much rhyme or reason to our colder months. It might be relatively mild, 40s or 50s, or we might have a cold snap lasting a week or two with truly freezing temps, followed by mild, followed by another freezing snap, even temps in the 20s...on and on. Yes, it can get very cold here for a few months a year. December, January, and February are usually the coldest months, but we did get a snowstorm a few years ago in March.
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I remember that first one well, it was so early for snow. The snow was very heavy and wet and was popping power lines everywhere. Some more snow piled on and we ended up with 18 inches at our house, which doesn't sound crazy to many people from other places but was a lot for here. I would stand outside and hear power lines going down everywhere, watching the flashes.
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:03 AM
 
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We moved here during the Blizzard of 2011 which created havoc in town and on the Super Bowl. Every year we had school closings. Has everyone already forgotten last winter and the fiascos on the roads and the airports?
No - only a couple of flurries per winter
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Every year is different.

Last year was super mild. Till February.
I was playing tennis all winter till February. Then it all went to heck.

A few years ago, it snowed five times, culminating in a near-foot-deep dump at the end.

As to shutting down, I have had to be at work almost every time - I assure you that "essential personnel" are still driving around town.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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I remember that first one well, it was so early for snow. The snow was very heavy and wet and was popping power lines everywhere. Some more snow piled on and we ended up with 18 inches at our house, which doesn't sound crazy to many people from other places but was a lot for here. I would stand outside and hear power lines going down everywhere, watching the flashes.
18 inches is a pretty big snow in most places.
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:42 AM
 
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A few times a year most years. With the El Niño this year, it may be more.
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Old 09-27-2015, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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18 inches is a pretty big snow in most places.
Aceraceae, I lived in Boston for around 8 years. We saw snowfalls like that occasionally. What made this one in Dallas so damaging was it was early in the season so temps weren't terribly cold. It was very heavy and wet and took down trees and power lines.
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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Every year it snows. That's why it bothers me when non-Texans thinks it never snows in Texas
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