A RARE SIGHT … Snowfall blankets Iberville Parish

Staff reports
Sugarcane farmers completing their annual harvest had a rare encounter Sunday, when several inches of snow blanketed the area Thursday morning.

More than two inches of snow blanketed Iberville Parish and surrounding areas early this morning, marking the largest amount of snowfall here since 1988.

The early morning surprise caused schools and some governmental offices to close early amid the storm. In addition, trash pickup was postponed.

The snowstorm did cause some headaches for motorists. Passengers for the Plaquemine-Carville ferry were greeted to line of some 60 vehicles.

The long lines were attributed to the closure of both Mississippi River bridges in Baton Rouge, as well as the Sunshine Bridge near Donaldsonville. The closures left the ferry as the only east-west crossing on the river.

Even with the inconveniences, most residents welcomed the rare sighting.

The accumulation Thursday marked the largest since Feb. 5, 1988, when more the 3 inches of snow fell in the Iberville Parish area.

Editor Tryve Brackin captured a few snow snaps en route to the POST SOUTH this morning from Baton Rouge.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

THAT’S FAKE snow on the banner, but the real stuff peppers the Christmas presents on display at Plaquemine Depot.