7 surprising places to see snow

These rare events can really shake things up. Like a snowglobe.

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Snow falls on the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square on December 11, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The last time it snowed in New Orleans was 2004, and the city has only experienced measurable amounts of snow 17 times since 1850. (Photo by Chris Gray Snow falls on the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square on December 11, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The last time it snowed in New Orleans was 2004, and the city has only experienced measurable amounts of snow 17 times since 1850. (Photo by Chris Gray (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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New Orleans, Louisiana

From 1853 to 2008, the National Weather Service recorded 17 New Orleans “snow events.” That's right – 17. In 155 years. To millions of people unaccustomed to these kinds of conditions, things were a little chaotic. Multiple car crashes were reported, some bridges closed, and thousands of households and businesses lost power.

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