NEW ORLEANS, La. - The parties may be hot, but the New Orleans Mardi Gras is anything but this year.
A small low is moving along the Gulf Coast, bringing rain to the coast and freezing rain and sleet further inland. The rain showers will be sticking around.
On top of the rain, temperatures will be in the upper 30s and low 40s most of the day, about 30 degrees colder than what they usually are this time of year.
Since the date for Mardi Gras varies every year, so can the weather. The coldest Mardi Gras in the last 140 years happened in 1899 when temperatures started in the low 20s and only reach the upper 30s in the afternoon.
That year, they even had a little snow on the ground. At the other end of the spectrum, the warmest year was 1917 when temperatures reached 83 degrees.
That may not seem that warm, but knowing the holiday landed on Feb. 20 makes it that much more impressive.
Compared to the last four Mardi Gras celebrations that landed on March 4, this year will be the coldest and the rainiest.
Nearly all of the Mardi Gras parties on this date saw a little bit of rain, but it only added up to a trace.
This year, models are showing closer to 3/4”. But despite the cooler air and the rain, chances are the Big Easy will party on.
Their costumes just may be a little bulkier or encased in a poncho.
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