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SA's Big Snow of 1985! Remember? Randy and Albert sure do.

If you were alive and living anywhere in San Antonio or South Texas back in mid-January of 1985, you probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing.

Because... snow. More than anyone could ever remember falling in this whole area.

A record 13.5 inches of snow fell over two days and pretty much paralyzed San Antonio.

While that much snow wouldn't be a problem at all for many places up north, here, of course we had no idea what to do.

Except build snowmen.

CLICK ON THE VIDEO TO SEE A YOUNGER RANDY BEAMER AND ALL OF HIS FACIAL HAIR TALKING ABOUT THE SNOW

The city didn't have any snow plows, so we had exactly ten road-graders to try to clear at least the main roads.

Though we were warned not to get out on the roads at all unless we absolutely had to.

A much younger Mayor Henry Cisneros took to the airwaves in front of City Hall to tell people to stay home.

The good news/bad news of it was that it happened over a weekend, starting on a Saturday morning.

The good news was that fewer people were expected to go to work so fewer people even tried to get on the roads.

But the bad news was for kids: No snow days off from school!

But as the snow piled up over the weekend everybody used whatever they could think of to use as a sled (I saw lots of cardboard from ripped up boxes).

And they built stuff. Snowmen. And snowwomen. And even a snow Tower of the Americas or two!

I remember it pretty clearly because I was anchoring the weekend news at KENS-TV at the time and was also a photographer for the station, shooting my own stories with my own station-issued camera and 4-wheel-drive news unit.

So I was able to drive around in it, shooting video of everybody else either having a great time playing in it or trying not to crash while sliding around in it on the roads.

I remember early in the morning I drove downtown and there was hardly anyone on the roads.

It was a winter-white ghost town where I spotted exactly one Yellow Cab on the roads.

That was it.

And in between shooting video and anchoring the news, I remember we were also getting hundreds of calls from people pleading with us to come out and shoot their snowmen - because everybody claimed they had the biggest or cutest or strangest snowman, snow fort, or snow - anything.

While people would still swamp us with calls today if San Antonio were to get hit with so much snow, the calls were a HUGE issue at the time because nobody had digital cameras, camera phones or even the internet. So nobody could easily send us pictures.

So unless we went out and actually shot video of their work of art - or they shot pictures of it and dropped it off at the station - it wasn't going to show up on the air.

Seems like ancient times right now - but you see kids - in the dark ages before twitter/facebook/instagram, you had to shoot pictures on a camera with film in it and then get the film processed somewhere.

And as the snow piled up, most every place that processed film around San Antonio was closed and any place that had film and was still open, sold out early.

News 4 San Antonio's Chief Meteorologist Albert Flores was the weekday meteorologist at KENS then, so he wasn't at work at the time.

He walked to the store where he hoped to buy some film.

He remembers how they laughed at him because they had sold out long before.

Anyway, check out the video of a very rare sight in San Antonio and a younger me with a whole lot more hair anchoring the news and being a little frustrated by all the calls.

Share your 1985 San Antonio snow photos and memories on our News 4 facebook page.

Thanks to Mark Langford and his youtube channel for some clips of the snow.

And thanks to KENS and youtube for clips of the guy with the bad facial hair.

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