Unusual snow blankets New Orleans and south Louisiana

snow in new orleans

Strange snowfall covered south Louisiana Thursday, with accumulations of up to four inches in some districts, causing tree branches to break from the unusual weight and lights to flicker at times as power lines apparently become impacted by the odd winter weather for this section of the country. Heavy snow was blowing through downtown New Orleans.

A strong low pressure system is causing rain, snow and sleet, according to reports. The strange snowstorm is projected to bring wintry weather conditions to the area throughout the day, and could make traveling difficult throughout east central Louisiana, southeast Louisiana and coastal Mississippi.

The last time it snowed in the Big Easy was Christmas 2004, and before then it was 1989.

State Police Sgt. Stephen Lafargue said the Interstate 10 and U.S. 190 bridges over the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge were closed.

“We have some delays and some cancellations,” said Michelle Wilcut, spokeswoman for Louis Armstrong International Airport.

She said de-icing equipment was being used on planes. Cancellations were due not just to the weather in New Orleans but because of winter weather causing problems at other airports around the nation, she said. She had no estimate on the number of cancellations.

Authorities advised travelers to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving, particularly on elevated bridges and overpasses.