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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/13/2008

Snow Shutout: New Orleans 1, D.C. 0

By Jason Samenow

* D.C. area full forecast *

Snow lover's in DC were surely disappointed to see nary a flake (but rather record rains) from the recent storm that produced accumulating snow all the way down to the Gulf Coast in places like Houston and New Orleans.

Here are some interesting facts about the New Orleans snow, courtesy of the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana:

- A total of 1 inch of accumulated snow was measured at the New Orleans airport. However, isolated areas around the city received 1.5 to 2 inches. See map.
- This was the earliest measurable snowfall ever recorded in the New Orleans area
- Previously, the earliest snowfall was Dec 22 (1989) when 0.5 inches were recorded. (If you count a trace, then the previous record was Dec 14 of 1943)
- Since 1875 (the longest period of record we have for the New Orleans area using multiple stations), the city has only received measurable snowfall 15 times (9 of those were 1 inch or more).
- The last time it snowed in New Orleans was Christmas day 2004 when the total measured 0.5 inches.
- The most snow ever received in New Orleans in one day was 5.0 inches on Feb 14, 1895 (with another 3.2 the following day - this two day total is the greatest storm total amount for the area)

Additional information from the NWS in Slidell.

By Jason Samenow  | December 13, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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Chance of a white christmas 2%. Expected 14-18" of snow this winter, starting 2 look like a pattern chance 2 above average temps thru most of Jan. Looking like 9-12" of snow now. May have 2 drop total more by early Jan. Any snow will probably b followed by mild temps the rest of winter. Looks like another nonwinter.

Posted by: VaTechBob | December 13, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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