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Valentine’s Day Sparkles of a Different Sort

There was something in the air on Valentine’s Day, 1895 – and it wasn’t just love. Though we may not be unfamiliar to strange weather patterns, it was still a surprise when a snowstorm occurred in February in New Orleans.

Snow fell on the mouth of the Mississippi River and even places as far away as Houston were sprinkled – Houston received 22 inches of snow, while New Orleans received nine.     
The city was turned into a virtual playground; children bundled up and played outside all day, streetcars were stopped and the city glistened and sparkled in white.

One of the next times New Orleans would receive such heavy snow was Dec. 31, 1963. However, that day in 1895 when Cupid’s arrow pierced the sky, causing snowflakes to fall upon New Orleans, was something that undoubtedly gave residents something to love – a day to sit back and enjoy the frosty weather.  

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