As you know, snow in the south is an unusual thing. I have only seen it snow 1 other time previous to this year. We did have a year just a few back where it iced really bad, but not snow. So on December 8, 2017, we had a “Bayou Blizzard”. This was actually a record-breaking snowfall.
In Baton Rouge, at least once a year the city and most of the state shut down due to the threat of winter weather. What always ends up happening is everyone stays home in anticipation but gets nothing. So this year, we all kind of thought the same thing, “snowless day”, but we woke up to a very big surprise.
Around 4am I woke up to let the dogs out and sure enough it was snowing. I immediately snapped a few pictures and even sent them right then and there to my mom. I thought for sure when I wake up again in a few hours it would all be gone. So I just got whatever little shots I could (see below).
I woke up again around 6:30 and it was still snowing. Finally, a little after 8am I decided that I was going to brave the weather and go out photographing. I promised myself that if the roads were slick I would immediately come home, but turns out they were good to go! My husband was kind enough to come with me and even drove so I could snap photos along the way. First, we stopped and picked up my step-daughter, then we headed downtown. I really wanted to get photos of one of the plantations all covered in snow but I was too afraid to travel too far and most of them you had to go over a bridge to get to and Louisiana bridges and freezing temperatures is a deadly mix. So, I passed. Looking back on it though I really wish I hadn’t passed.
I was slightly disappointed, as downtown didn’t get nearly as much snow as we were getting at our home. I was still about to get some pretty winter photos though and ended up with these from downtown Baton Rouge.
On the way home I grabbed a few shots of the Spanish moss filled trees and the cattle in the fields huddled around the hay. These turned out to be some of my favorites from the day. You would never know we were in Louisiana by the looks of the cattle photo. On our way home it was very obvious that everyone was enjoying the snow. We saw many snowmen in everyone’s’ yards. For many of these kids, it was the first time they ever saw snow. I took some pictures, they were so cute.
When we got home, my step-daughter asked if she could make a snowman. We, of course, said sure, she quickly made sure to tell us that this was her first snowman ever. So it was our turn to play in the snow. We had a snowball fight (which I have never been a fan of. Even having grown up in the north and experiencing snow all the time. I hate snowball fights). We also made Rizzo the snowman, who then became our Christmas card image. It was fun. It was not just fun to experience it, but it was so much fun to see how much fun my step-daughter had that day. She played outside until we forced her to come in late that night.
To say the very least, it was a very rare gorgeous winter day in Louisiana!