Our New Orleans Readers Are Aware There’s A 30 Percent Chance Of Overnight Snow There, Right?

According to the National Weather Service, that is. Make sure it’s powdered sugar on your beignets rather than snow…


A 30 percent chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, then becoming partly cloudy toward daybreak, with a low around 28. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

The local media folks are making a big deal over that forecast, of course, this being a relatively slow news day. The Times-Picayune

Wind chill advisories are in effect as well. The “feels like” index will range from 5 degrees to 15 degrees north of the lake to 10 degrees to 20 degrees for the south shore. Today’s high in New Orleans is expected to be 39, with a northeast wind of 10 to 15 mph. A low of 28 is expected.

WWL Radio

Forecasters say conditions are shaping up for a slight chance of some snow flurries from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Pontchartrain overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

“A disturbance, an upper level low is coming from Denver,” WWL TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum explained. “As it gets here… it could be enough to give us a few snow flurries.”

He says the system will draw moisture out of the Gulf.

“Enough moisture from the city southward that we maybe could see a few flurries from 3:00am to 6:00am,” Nussbaum said.

None of the snow would stick to the ground if it does fall, he explained.

Nussbaum has the chance of snow flurries at only 10%.


WDSU meteorologist Daniel Graves said Tuesday that while the mix is possible for areas around the New Orleans metro and down toward the coast, it won’t be enough for accumulation or to impact travel Wednesday morning.

Graves said one of the models is forecasting snow in the area because of moisture along the Gulf of Mexico that is trying to move north into southeast Louisiana.

The New Orleans Advocate had a similar story. With the temperature at dawn today at New Orleans International Airport tying the record low at 25 degrees, it’s inevitable the New Orleans media was going to pounce on the possibility of the white stuff coming down.

Obviously, with only a 10 to 30 percent chance of snow it remains unlikely there will be snow in the Big Easy. Still – if it’s going to get this cold, we might as well see a show, right?

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