Snow much anticipation: Crossroads residents anxiously await snowfall
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Arnold Rios was determined not to let a little snow ruin his Thursday night plans.
While many other Victorians prepared to hunker down at home on the eve of a much-talked-about snowfall, Rios, 22, said he was preparing to partake in his usual Thursday night party activities of dinner at Greek Bros followed by clubbing.
"For now, I'm going to go out and have a snow party," Rios said, as he gassed up his car in preparation for a night of fun. "I'm not going to let some snow break my routine."
He added, "I'm not sure it will even come tonight."
Until late in the evening, the National Weather Service remained confident that Victoria would see snowfall beginning around midnight. However, forecasters gently eased on the brakes with their 10 p.m. update.
"The transition to sleet and snow may not occur," forecaster John Metz said.
By 10 p.m., a mixture of rain and sleet had created hazardous road conditions around Victoria. Emergency crews were responding to reports of several accidents.
For several days, the forecast had called for snow. Earlier Thursday, Tim Tinsley, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, estimated Victoria would see around 1 to 2 inches of snow. Even the thought of a rare snow heated up many conversations in the Crossroads.
The comparisons immediately came to the historic Christmas Eve 2004 snow of 12 inches of snow that fell in Victoria. However, Thursday came and went with only a trace of precipitation.
The wintry weather conditions also were not breaking records when it came to low temperatures.
Victoria reached its lowest temperature in 1951 with a low of 21 degrees.
As of Thursday evening, Victoria had reached a low of 26 degrees.
While many businesses closed early, others did not let the threat of snow stop them from conducting business.
"We were going to shut down early, but we decided to take care of our members instead," said Tandy Riha, 52, a teller at TDECU. "But tomorrow we will be coming in at 11 a.m. instead of 6:45 a.m."
Gregory Simmons, who works as a nurse at Triumph Hospital, said a plan of action was discussed with employees regarding traveling to work in the morning.
"They just want everybody to be prepared for anything," said Simmons, 33. "Some people were staying in town so they can get to work in the morning."
Despite confirmation the snow is on its way, many Victorians were still hoping the National Weather Service made a mistake.
"I hope it doesn't snow. I have to go to work in the morning, and my plant doesn't deal well with snow," said 33-year-old Marion Kuykendall, who works as an operator at Formosa.
Simmons, however, remained excited at the opportunity to see snow.
"It's good to see snow. I've lived in other places where it has snowed yearly," said Simmons. "It will be nice to see all the white on the ground."