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Let It Snow in N.O.! Winter Comes Early For the South

The last time New Orleans saw snow was a white Christmas day in 2004, and the Southern city has only been painted white 17 times since 1850. But this morning residents woke up to as much as six inches of snowflakes.

Today marks the earliest date for snowfall in the city, and the rare weather found some unprepared. The snow halted bus services and flights out of Armstrong International Airport, and students at a few universities and schools are enjoying the freedom of a snow day.

Meanwhile in Houston, TX, snow fell last night, tying a 65-year record for earliest snow date. Check out these pictures from a very wintry New Orleans! Should residents worry about climate change, or just enjoy the Winter wonderland?


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MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 7 years
Kranky, 3 or 4 of those 17 have been in my lifetime, and I'm only 20. I don't know much about weather patterns, but I thought I'd just throw that out there. All that said, it was nice to have snow here. It was very pretty, but parts of the city shut down (no salt for roads, nothing to de ice the planes).
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 7 years
Kranky, 3 or 4 of those 17 have been in my lifetime, and I'm only 20. I don't know much about weather patterns, but I thought I'd just throw that out there.All that said, it was nice to have snow here. It was very pretty, but parts of the city shut down (no salt for roads, nothing to de ice the planes).
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
ilanac13, it snowed in North Phoenix a few years ago. It's a sight to see to have film of snow falling against the background of saguaros. :)
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
Maybe someone's going to come out and say "My bad peeps, I meant its going to be really cold not really hot!"
kranky kranky 7 years
I agree that this is noteworthy, but it's not like it hasn't happened in the past. The article states, "The last time New Orleans saw snow was a white Christmas day in 2004, and the Southern city has only been painted white 17 times since 1850." So... which of the 17 times since 1850 were caused by climate change, and which were not?
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 7 years
And we wonder why we never hear "global warming" used anymore. It's become "passe". Now it's "climate change", which leaves it just open enough to not be embarassing to those who drink Al Gore's kool-aid because now we're headed into a cooling phase. It NEVER snows in N.O.--that's so crazy!!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 7 years
Don't forget about Baton Rouge!! We're the bastard child of Louisiana, apparently, because if it doesn't happen in New Orleans, it's not news... Baton Rouge was COVERED in snow yesterday! Some of the pictures I've seen don't even look like they were taken anywhere in the South... Anyway, just had to speak up... :)
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I was looking foward to it this year UnDave! ;) I hate the cold...brrrr I will always be a miami chic.
bleached bleached 7 years
Me too UnDave. Me too...
ECULeah ECULeah 7 years
Yeah, the South doesn't claim Texas and it's almost 70 here in NC! Grr I want to wear sweaters!
janneth janneth 7 years
Unbelievable. And beautiful.
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
I want snow! :mob: lol I'm in Oklahoma and we occasionally get snow, but usually it's ice.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
We've got 18 inches on the ground and more coming. I'm still waiting for all that global warming Al Gore promised me... ;)
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
It's cold and foggy here in central CA. prob will snow sunday/monday and last time we got snow was 10 years ago. we are at 200 above sea level
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I think florida got some in 86 didnt they? last I heard! But I do hear its really cold over there!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Ha... what a cowinky dink lawchick. Yep I'm in MS. Of course I didn't get the day off. That'd just be absurd. :)
lawchick lawchick 7 years
star you're in MS?? Me too!!! I totally DID NOT get the day off for this wintery mess, though just about everyone else I know did. Did you?
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
When will Florida start feeling some of this winter wonderland?
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Mississippi girl here... Oddly enough it only sleeted/wintery mixed here. No snow piled up for us... just nasty and icy. Which is bad since no one in MS knows how to drive in these conditions. And it's really strange that two nights ago it was 60+ degrees and we were under tornado watches. The weather has offically gotten freaky in the South.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that just goes to show what global warming is doing to the environment. we just had a little dusting in NJ last weekend - nothing to compare to 6 inches in a place that doesn't get it. the weird thing would be to see if south florida ever got snow. that would be a really big shocker!
valancyjane valancyjane 7 years
Much as I worry about climate change, when it comes to unseasonable snow I say enjoy it ... because I love snow. We (central NC) had our first snow on Nov. 21 - way earlier than I have ever seen it here, and it was beautiful! Six inches is a lot, though. Pity the poor municipal works and cops - they're in for a rough few days! CG, we're in the mid/high 60s here, too. That part of climate change (or weird weather or whatever) I don't like so much.
esk4 esk4 7 years
My brother texted me about this earlier and I didn;t believe him
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
it snowed here on sunday and and today and it's like -24 degrees Celsius in other parts of the province, blech. the only good thing about snow is that is makes my skin paler.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I remember when I was 10 months and it snowed in MS, I have pictures with my dad and I (me trying to walk) walking in the snow. I bet they shut the city down.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I'd rather be in your avi Bleached!
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