UTRGV enjoys winter wonderland

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Winter weather brings snow to the UTRGV campus on Friday, Dec. 08, 2017 in Edinburg, Texas.
UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

Texas Border Business

By Jennifer Berghom and Amanda Taylor

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 8, 2017 – It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as snow falls on UTRGV campuses and locations from Brownsville to Edinburg and beyond.

Various spots throughout the Rio Grande Valley received anywhere from a dusting of the white stuff to up to two to three inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The last time the Valley experienced snow was Dec. 24, 2004, when the Brownsville area got about an inch and a half and other parts received a bit more snow, said Robert Frye, a meteorologist from the NWS in Brownsville.

A rare Snow Day on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus.
UTRGV Photo by David Pike

Though UTRGV remained on its regular schedule, students, faculty and staff took some time in the morning to snap pictures, catch snowflakes and play in the snow.

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Frank Lopez, a work study student in the UTRGV Language Institute, said he remembers seeing the 2004 snowfall in Mexico.

“This is pretty exciting since we haven’t seen snow in 13 years,” Lopez said. “I remember the snow in 2004, but I was living in Mexico then. It’s a great feeling; it’s as if nothing can bring you down on these types of days. But for Valley people, it certainly is cold!”

The wintry mix won’t last for long. The National Weather Service says the sun should return by mid-day, rising temperatures and turning snow into rain.