:winter1: An uncommon sight is the random snow flurry in a New Orleans winter. You can imagine the excitement in this town when an inch accumulated on the ground. Suburbs adjacent to New Orleans less that 50 miles away measured 8". Moving in from the west, a low pressure system, unsually close to the surface begain droping snow at about 7 am Thursday. To snow deprived New Orleans this "blizzard" went on for 3 non stop hours, until lawns and roof tops were covered. Unaccustomed to this, schools, offices and businesses emptied into the streets as residents played in the snow. Roads became hazardous, not from the white stuff, but because drivers were awah struck and distracted by the falling snow. Shortly after 10 am, the pretty flakes became ice pellets and then into rain and with that our magical Thursday morning quickly returned to the day before the day before the weekend.