"New Orleans was blanketed by snow today" is a phrase that would not likely make anyone's list of typical news headlines. But that's exactly what happened today, and it is indeed a rarity: The last time it happened before today was Christmas, 2004, and the time before that was in 1989. All in all, it's happened just 17 times (not counting barely-measurable "trace" amounts) since 1850, and this is the earliest day that the white stuff and the BIg Easy have been as one.
Check out the linked story for some cool pictures; I especially liked the one with one of the St. Charles streetcars covered in snow. It's nice to see that they're running again, which was not the case when I visited there most recently, in the spring of '06.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Are all the politicians and news anchors who drive drunk going to be able to get to work this morning through the snow?"--Nola.com reader "ignatiuseyes," from the comments to the linked story. Another funny quote: "The Angels need some Head and Shoulders!" from reader "babsjohnson." (This reminds me of the day when it started raining heavily during school in sixth grade, and a kid in beginner band class said, "When it rains, it means that the tubas in heaven are opening up their spit valves." Eww.)