Does it snow in New Orleans?

Does it snow in New Orleans? The answer could be ambiguous, so a short solution might not be ideal.

Known as The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot, and by at least three other nicknames, New Orleans, the most populous city in the state of Louisiana and the 12th most populous in the southeastern United States, it stands as one of the most important port cities in the world thanks to its privileged location within the Gulf Coast of the U.S.

The Port of New Orleans is the fifth largest in the United States by cargo volume and the second largest in the state after the Port of South Louisiana, which is also partially within the limitations of New Orleans.

Beyond its reputation as a prominent economic and commercial center on the Gulf Coast of the United States, New Orleans is recognized worldwide for its particular eccentricities: from its music, gastronomy, celebrations, annual festivals, lifestyle-nightlife, and characteristic dialect, to its unique esotericism.

New Orleans seems to have no rival as far as uniqueness is concerned in the entire United States.

New Orleans is home to one of the most famous cemeteries in the world for its paranormal stories: St. Louis Cemetery, which rests the remains of Marie Glapion Laveau, who is considered the Queen of Voodoo in New Orleans.

In short, New Orleans is a unique and singular city, no other city in the United States boasts a cultural and linguistic heritage comparable to that of New Orleans, so it is undoubtedly a city worth visiting, especially if you want to enjoy an experience that no other city in the world can offer you.


    Snow in New Orleans?

    Snow in New Orleans
    Snow in New Orleans (December 11, 2008.)


    Due to the geographical characteristics of New Orleans, mainly its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, snowfall is unusual in New Orleans, strange enough not to be related to the city.

    However, even though New Orleans is not a particularly snowy city, there have been at least 17 measurable snowfalls in the city since 1852, of which the following are the ten heaviest snowfalls in New Orleans history:

    • 4.0 inches of snow accumulation (January 12, 1853).
    • 1.0 inch of snow accumulation (January 5, 1879).
    • 2.2 inches of snow accumulation (January 23, 1881).
    • 2.8 inches of snow accumulation (January 24, 1881).
    • 5.0 inches of snow accumulation (February 14, 1895, the first day of the 1895 Valentine's storm).
    • 3.2 inches of snow accumulation (February 15, 1895, the second day of the 1895 Valentine's storm).
    • 3.0 inches of snow accumulation (February 12, 1899).
    • 3.0 inches of snow accumulation (February 12, 1958).
    • 4.5 inches of snow accumulation (December 31, 1963).
    • 1.5 inch of snow accumulation (December 11, 2008).

    Therefore, answering the central question of the article and this section: it does snow in New Orleans, but it does not do so with remarkable regularity. Indeed, this phenomenon is quite rare in New Orleans since it requires complex climatological requirements for its formation.

    The climate of New Orleans


    According to the Köppen climate classification, New Orleans exhibits a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) throughout its 349.85 square miles of land area, which means that its winters are short and mild and its summers hot and humid, with annual rainfall close to 63.5 inches on average.


    Summer weather characteristics

    • Highest record temperature: 102 °F / 38.8 °C (December 23th, 1989.)
    • Mean maximum: 95.70 °F (35.3 °C)
    • Average high: 90.20 °F (32.3 °C)
    • Daily mean: 82.78 °F (28.2 °C)
    • Average low: 75.33 °F (24 °C)
    • Mean minimum: 68.30 °F (20.1 °C)
    • Average precipitation per summer month: 6.608 inches (16.7 cm.)

    Winter weather characteristics

    • Lowest record temperature: 11 °F / -11.6 °C (August 22th, 1980.)
    • Mean maximum: 80.10 °F (26.7 °C)
    • Average high: 66.50 °F (19.1 °C)
    • Daily mean: 58.18 °F (14.5 °C)
    • Average low: 49.88 °F (9.9 °C)
    • Mean minimum: 33.38 °F (0.7 °C)
    • Average precipitation per winter month: 4.623 inches (11,7 cm.)

    Precipitation and other weather characteristics

    • Average annual precipitation: 63.35 inches (160.9 cm.)
    • Average precipitation days (≥0.01 in or 0.25 mm): 115.1.
    • Average frost per year (times): <8.

    When does it snow in New Orleans? 🌨

    Snow in New Orleans
    Snow in New Orleans (February 12th, 1958.)

    Does it snow in New Orleans in December?

    Yes, it might snow in December. On December 25, 2004, New Orleans would experience the most unlikely coincidence in its history: a White Christmas.

    If snowfall is already rare and unlikely enough in New Orleans, the White Christmas is even more so. Despite that, New Orleans received up to 1.5 inches of snow accumulation on Christmas 2004, knocking out electricity for a few hours in several areas of the town.

    Does it snow in New Orleans in January?

     Yes, it might snow in January. Four of the ten heaviest measurable snowfalls in New Orleans have occurred this month:

    • January 12, 1853.
    • January 5, 1879.
    • January 23, 1881.
    • January 24, 1881.

    Does it snow in New Orleans in February?

    Yes, it might snow in February. The largest and most famous snowstorm in New Orleans, Valentine's storm, occurred in February, specifically on February 14 and 15, 1895.

    Does it snow in New Orleans in March?

    No, it does.

    How much does it snow in New Orleans? 🌨

    If you average the snowpack recorded over the ten heaviest snowfalls in New Orleans history, completely ignoring the years with no snowfall, the result would be 3.02 inches (7.6 cm) of snowpack.

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