NEW ORLEANS – A rare snowfall blanketed south Louisiana and parts of Mississippi Thursday, closing schools, government offices and bridges, triggering crashes on major highways and leaving thousands of people without power.
Parts of Louisiana were expected to get up to four inches of snow. Snow also covered a broad swath of Mississippi, including the Jackson area, and closed schools in more than a dozen districts. The National Weather Service in Jackson said up to 8 inches was possible in the southern and eastern parts of the state.
A heavy band of snow coated windshields and grassy areas in New Orleans, where the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning.
Office workers stepped out of high-rises to catch a snowflake, snap pictures with cell-phone cameras and swap snow stories.
At a park in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood, Sara Echaniz, 41, snapped photos and dodged snowballs thrown by her son, 3-year-old Sam. "He didn't believe it was snow until it started sticking to the ground," said Ecahniz, a native of Rochester, N.Y., who was pregnant with the child the last time it snowed in New Orleans, in December 2004.
This reminds me off the 2000 Independence bowl played in a freak blizzard in Shreveport between Mississippi State and Texas A&M. Still one of the funnest bowl games I have ever seen.
I am always amazed at how people who don't get a lot of snow think it's the greatest thing the world. And truthfully as weather hazzards go it's not that bad after it's fallen. I would much rather have snow in the Winter than rain. That's the nasty shit right there. But I am always the person who wants one snow storm a year...perferably around the 24th of December and then I don't want to see it again. Of course snow is different in different parts of the country. Colorado gets mostly light fluffy stuff that can land at 3 feet at a clip but will be gone in 42 hours. Nebraska gets that heavy shit and if you get 7 or 8 inches odds are it's on the ground until March and it gets all dark and nasty. I am sure 8 inches in Hattiesburg won't last long.