With schools and many businesses closed this morning, area residents took to the snow-covered streets to enjoy the rare weather.
Even as snow turned to sleet, sledders and even a snowboarder slid down the rolling white hills of City Park.
On the LSU campus, seniors Kirk Melancon and Cade Worsham ran around the snow-covered campus fairgrounds with a few-dozen other students.
The two roommates started with photos and snowballs, which eventually led to full-on snow wrestling.
“I have one more exam today at 5:30,” Melancon said. “But I had to come out here today. This is a one in 15-year snow.”
Meteorologist Danielle Manning with the National Weather Service in Slidell estimated that 3 inches of snow fell in East Baton Rouge Parish, 2 inches in West Baton Rouge Parish and 5 in Livingston Parish.
The average snowfall in greater Baton Rouge is 2 to 3 inches, she said.
When Chicago native Chris Horton looked out of his Baton Rouge window this morning, the winter scene reminded him of home.
“Straight up Chicago,” he said. “I couldn’t think of anything but being in the Windy City.”
Horton’s sister, Crystal Burk, called him before sunrise to tell him about the weather. A few hours of shoveling and sculpting later, the twins had a life-size snowman in front of her Old South Baton Rouge house.
Burk’s grandchildren, who helped briefly with the project, had gone inside.
“It got too cold for them,” said Horton, who had a wide smile as he shoveled the snow.
Yeah, Snow Day!!! Now, before y'all from up nawth start laughing at us, you gotta realize that we haven't seen this much snow since 1988!!!