Brian Reno, first year graduate student studying accounting at Wake Forest University, walks through the snow in Davis Field, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Allison Lee Isley AP
Brian Reno, first year graduate student studying accounting at Wake Forest University, walks through the snow in Davis Field, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Allison Lee Isley AP

Finger on the Weather

Stan Finger has covered Kansas weather for 25 years. Now he's blogging about it.

Finger on the Weather

Rare snow coats Gulf Coast beaches, cities in the Deep South

By Stan Finger

sfinger@wichitaeagle.com

December 08, 2017 09:10 PM

Raise your hand if you predicted there would be more snow on the beaches of the Gulf Coast than Wichita or even most northern cities.

But that’s just what happened, with measurable snow falling in such unlikely places as Corpus Christi in southern Texas, Baton Rouge in Louisiana and east of Atlanta in Georgia.

We have a report of 7" of snow across portions of Corpus Christi!!



If you have pictures of the snow and measurements, we would love to see them! #txwx #txsnow pic.twitter.com/Cc3saIfM6n

— NWS Corpus Christi (@NWSCorpus) December 8, 2017

Cyberspace predictably went a little nutty, acting as if the world has been turned upside down. And, in a way, it has.

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Everybody in Corpus Christi "Oh, look - its snow. I love it!"

An hour later, when a few thousand people who don't know how to drive in snow take to the roads #snowintexas pic.twitter.com/zgNH4bzwux

— Christopher Bieszad (@CBieszad) December 8, 2017

if you don’t live in Texas, you wouldn’t understand the feeling of finally seeing snow after 8 years ❄️

— kandy kane kels (@kelsi_beard) December 8, 2017

The snowy palms of Corpus Christi tell the story...snow isn't supposed to be here! What a rare sight for southerners! Photo by Emily Suggs. #txwx #snow @kfor pic.twitter.com/9r2Ix4uu2Q

— Emily Sutton (@emilyrsutton) December 8, 2017

Houston recorded its first snow in more than a decade. Snow blanketed beaches and shrouded palm trees. Thundersnow was even reported in Baton Rouge.

WATCH: Drone footage of the snow around Baton Rouge. https://t.co/Do1f6MOnuR pic.twitter.com/HKmqVC03ZE

— WAFB (@WAFB) December 8, 2017

Wichita, meanwhile, has only seen a few flakes so far this winter, with no accumulation.

If AccuWeather’s long-term forecast is accurate, Wichita has only one decent shot at snowfall between now and Christmas. But Christmas is still more than two weeks away, so forecasters will tell you it’s too soon to know with any confidence whether or not snow will be blanketing the region by then.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger