State snowfall record set 88 years ago Wednesday in Central Texas

A photo provided by a family in Vaughan, west of Abbott in Hill County that was published in the Dec. 21, 1929 edition of the Hillsboro Mirror. (NOAA)
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HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) Hillsboro was buried under snow from a storm that moved in 88 years ago Wednesday, the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in a 24-hour period in Texas.

From Dec. 20, 1929 to Dec. 21, 1929, a total of 26-inches fell on Hillsboro.

That was officially verified as a state record in August 2015 by a State Climate Extremes Committee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Prior to the finding, the heaviest 24-hour accumulation on record in Texas was 25 inches in Follett in the northeastern Panhandle.

The snow started to fall at around 5 p.m. Friday Dec. 20, 1929, according to an article in the Dec. 21, 1929 edition of the Hillsboro Mirror.

"The children are already out enjoying the heaviest snow they ever saw and unless the weather turns decidedly warmer they can use sleds until after Christmas," the newspaper reported.