Let it snow, let it snow in San Antonio? Residents, visitors to be showered with snow each Saturday in December
Let it snow, let it snow in San Antonio? Residents, visitors to be showered with snow each Saturday in December

SAN ANTONIO – Centro San Antonio has announced that residents, business owners, and visitors can expect to see intermittent snow in various downtown locations every Saturday in December.

Shoppers and small business owners were first surprised with the intermittent snow along Houston Street on Nov. 28, which was Small Business Saturday.

This was courtesy of the Public Improvement District and Centro, in promotion of “The Merriest of Downtown Memories” campaign, encouraging the signature San Antonio merriment in the face of a particularly challenging year.

“San Antonians have long celebrated the holidays downtown,” said Elizabeth (Liz) Burt, Director of Urban Activation + Play at Centro. “And although we cannot gather this year in the ways we would like, there are still plenty of opportunities to come downtown and soak in the holiday spirit.”

In addition to the snow, enhanced holiday lighting, and garland along major pedestrian corridors, Burt pointed to both Centro and their downtown partners’ creative holiday activations.

H-E-B’s Christmas Tree in Travis Park was lit up on Nov. 27., and the Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO) is hosting multiple scavenger hunts throughout downtown.

Hemisfair will host “Holiday in the Garden” and San Pedro Creek will produce “Illume” in December.

Looking back at San Antonio’s biggest snowstorm 35 years ago

SAN ANTONIO — Thirty-five years ago today, remnants of the 1985 snowstorm were beginning to dissipate, leaving South Texas with a blanket of snow that could be seen from space.

One of the easiest ways to differentiate snow from clouds is by looking at looping satellite imagery. Clouds will move faster while snow may change at a slower pace.

Snowfall records dating back to 1885 were easily shattered in one weekend. From Friday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan.13, anywhere from one to 14 inches of snow fell over Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and San Antonio all the up into the Austin area. In the Alamo City, a total of 13.5 inches of snow fell while Del Rio received 8.6 inches of snow.

Credit: NWS San Antonio Plows clear snow off runways at San Antonio International Airport 

If you lived in San Antonio in 1985, you may also remember the River Walk turning into a gorgeous winter wonderland.

Credit: NWS San Antonio Snow over the San Antonio Riverwalk 

The right ingredients were in place for this record snowfall to occur. After a surge of arctic air, a series of disturbances ahead of the main low over Northern Mexico swept across our region. This caused lift for winter-like precipitation to occur. Parts of Bexar, Bandera, Real, Uvalde, Kinney and Maverick counties picked up 14 inches of snow that weekend.

Credit: NWS San Antonio Brakenridge Park in San Antonio