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Snow In Texas December 24, 2009

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Many parts of Texas got a white Christmas for the first time since 1926. Thursday it snowed in Killen, Texas. Also, snow was reported in the Houston, Texas area. The National Weather Service says the region west and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area saw blizzard-like conditions throughout the day Thursday. Winds gusting at up to 65 mph drifted the snow as deep as 5 feet in some areas. Christmas Eve started with widespread rain in North Texas, but precipitation switched over to snow as temperatures fell through the day. The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory for all of North Texas through 9 p.m. Thursday, with sustained wind of 20 to 30 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph. Motorists should be aware of the potential for icy road conditions during the evening hours as skies clear and overnight temperatures drop into the mid-20s in North Texas. In Central Texas it snowed on Christmas Eve but moved out late Thursday evening and bitter cold settled in. The temperatures will be in the 20s on Christmas morning and wind chill readings could be as low as 15 degrees at the start of the day. Christmas Day will be sunny, but highs won’t rise out of the 40s and the temperature will drop back into the 20s Friday night. Enough snow fell Thursday on parts of Central Texas that some residents may enjoy a white Christmas Friday, but there’s no precipitation in the Christmas Day forecast. In western areas of Central Texas, accumulations of 1 to 3 inches were reported Thursday, but the bigger problem was the wind. In Gatesville, a major power outage left residents in a large area of the community without power Thursday afternoon, although it wasn’t immediately clear if high winds were the cause. Power outages were also reported in the Bellmead area and there were scattered reports of downed lines at homes throughout Central Texas. A wind advisory was extended until 4 a.m. Friday for all of Central Texas because of the gusts. My son said to me when he first saw the snow "This is great!" That is until a few hours later, when it did not quit snowing. He then retracted his words. And now the Christmas Story found in Luke 2:1-16. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

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