UTRGV enjoys winter wonderland


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By Jennifer Berghom and Amanda Taylor

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 8, 2017 – It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as snow falls on UTRGV campuses and locations from Brownsville to Edinburg and beyond.

Various spots throughout the Rio Grande Valley received anywhere from a dusting of the white stuff to up to two to three inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The last time the Valley experienced snow was Dec. 24, 2004, when the Brownsville area got about an inch and a half and other parts received a bit more snow, said Robert Frye, a meteorologist from the NWS in Brownsville.

Though UTRGV remained on its regular schedule, students, faculty and staff took some time in the morning to snap pictures, catch snowflakes and play in the snow.

Frank Lopez, a work study student in the UTRGV Language Institute, said he remembers seeing the 2004 snowfall in Mexico.

"This is pretty exciting since we haven't seen snow in 13 years," Lopez said. "I remember the snow in 2004, but I was living in Mexico then. It's a great feeling; it's as if nothing can bring you down on these types of days. But for Valley people, it certainly is cold!" 

The wintry mix won’t last for long. The National Weather Service says the sun should return by mid-day, rising temperatures and turning snow into rain. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016. 


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