5minute read• Graham Lumley • Last update February 2024
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Considering a move to Texas and curious about what winter has in store? Whether you’re contemplating a relocation or have already moved and are researching how to be better prepared for colder temperatures, we’ve got you covered.
In this quick guide, we’ll run through everything you need to know about winter in Texas, including:
When winter starts in Texas
Average winter temperatures
Tips to stay safe during winter months with a higher potential for cold air and heavy precipitation
What is Texas winter weather like?
Second in size only to Alaska, the Lone Star State covers a vast expanse of land measuring 268,597 square miles. As such, Texas winter weather can vary significantly depending on where you are, as temperatures between the northern half and most southern areas vary by an average of 20 degrees.
Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most commonly asked questions about winter weather in Texas.
When does winter start in Texas?
The first day of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere starts on December 21, so the coldest temperatures are to be expected between then and the spring equinox in March.
Texas is a huge state with a wide variety of topographical and geographical features, including flat desert plains and 2164 named mountains, peaks, and hills. As a result of this and potential huge differences in latitude, winter weather can arrive during different months of the year depending on where you live.
If you live in the Panhandle or North Texas, winter starts earlier compared to Central and South Texas. In the north half of the state, you can expect to see chillier temperatures (or even overnight freezes) arrive during November.
In Central and South Texas, cities like Austin, San Antonio, Houston, or Corpus Christi, November can remain mild or even rather warm, with more winter-like weather arriving in December.
Although winter weather may begin during different months, warmer spring temperatures generally begin to return statewide during March.
How cold does winter get in Texas?
The coldest month in Texas is usually January, followed by February and December, with average daily temperatures ranging from highs of 58-69°F to lows encompassing freezing temperatures of 30°F.
However, some years, the worst weather arrives early or late. For example, in 2021, Texas experienced a series of ice storms from February 13-17, unofficially referred to as Winter Storm Uri. In addition to sub-freezing temperatures making life uncomfortable, the frozen precipitation knocked out the power grid, causing statewide water, transportation, and communications disruptions for several days.
Typical Monthly High and Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit for Different Cities across Texas
The short answer is yes, but not consistently across the state. So, the better question to ask is, “Where does it snow in Texas?” Unsurprisingly, the northern and western regions are more likely to see snowfall and freezing rain, especially in more elevated areas.
For example, towns and cities in the Panhandle region receive much more snow than other regions. Conversely, some southern and central Texas locations see occasional flurries at the peak of their cold weather season, but accumulation is less common.
Winter weather in Texas by region
Due to the unconventional shape of the Lone Star State, the traditional approach to breaking down conditions using the four cardinal points (North, South, East, and West) isn’t particularly effective. Instead, describing the attributes of Texas weather in winter is more straightforward by splitting the state into northern, western, central, and eastern areas.
If you’re considering moving to Dallas, Amarillo, or Lubbock in northern Texas, you’ll need to be prepared for winters with a distinct chill. Daytime highs typically hover in the 40s and 50s, although temperatures on winter nights can dip below freezing, culminating in a frosty, crisp atmosphere.
Occasional winter storms can dust the landscape with snow, creating icy road conditions that require additional caution and preparedness.
With much less wintry precipitation than their northern counterparts, December to February temperatures in western cities like El Paso and Odessa are milder, with daytime highs typically in the 50s and 60s.
However, although the west Texas temperature in winter may be more favorable, it’s also windier here than in other areas due to the Marfa Dry Line. This natural phenomenon is caused by dry desert air from the Rockies surging down to meet moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.
Home to cities like Austin and San Antonio, those living in central Texas experience mild winters with average daytime highs in the 60s and 70s. While snow is a rare occurrence, the occasional cold snap isn’t unheard of.
South and southeast Texas weather is most relevant to those moving to Houston or Corpus Christi. Understandably, winter storms, snow, and freezing temperatures are a rare phenomenon here, and even winter nights are relatively mild compared to other regions.
That said, the Pacific jet stream can extend farther south into Texas during El Niño weather patterns, making southern regions prone to wetter winters than usual.
Tips for a fun and safe Texas winter
While cold waves might be an inconvenience, winter in Texas offers its own charm with plenty of activities to enjoy. So, it’s not all doom and gloom! Here are a few top tips to help you prepare and make the most of the winter weather in Texas.
Consider a weekend getaway to warmer regions if you need a break from the extreme cold.
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