A man makes his way to a vehicle on Dec. 8, 2017, in Atlanta
Bob Andres—Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP

People in states from Texas to Alabama woke up to a blanket of snow.

Jamie Ducharme
December 09, 2017

Residents of many southern states may get a white Christmas this year — whether they like it or not.

People in states from Texas to Alabama woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday morning, setting snowfall records in many parts of the region, the Weather Channel reports. Some areas near Atlanta saw five to 10 inches; Anniston, Ala., got 10 inches; and the mountains of North Carolina got hit with 18 inches.

Even some of Texas’ southern-most cities, including Brownsville and Corpus Christi, saw snowfall. Corpus Christi has only seen eight days of measurable snowfall in the last 69 years, CNN reports.

While many residents were excited by the unusual snowfall, the wintry weather plunged many cities into disarray. More than 100,000 people across the south lost power, the Washington Post reports, and several car accidents were reported near Houston. In Atlanta, residents were beside themselves.

Other parts of the country will get their turn later in the weekend, as weather systems drop snow on many states in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. Even in the Northeast, however, the Weather Channel predicts most areas won’t see more than five inches.

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