Accumulating snow is a fairly rare event in Paris, France. Snow is recorded on an average of just 15 days a winter and when it does snow it usually does not accumulate. Moisture heavy enough to produce more than an inch or two of snow occurs when a major storm sweeps in off the Atlantic ocean – but those storms are usually powerful and bring in mild air from off the ocean in addition to the moisture. Colder air must be in place from the east - usually originated in Russia. Occasionally in the middle of the winter that occurs and every few years a couple inches of snow fall. The Parisians say no city looks prettier than Paris in the snow. On October 27, 1692, 6” of snow fell on the City of Light – in one of the earliest measured snowfall before or since. I am sure the city looked great – but with no way to remove the snow I am sure it was quite messy ad hard to move about.
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