By Cailey Rizzo
January 23, 2019

On Tuesday, Paris was covered in a rare coat of snow, temporarily transforming the city into a beautiful winter wonderland that dazzled locals and tourists alike.

The snow prompted the closure of the Eiffel Tower to visitors, according to the Daily Mail. And Météo-France, the national weather agency, issued an orange warning, the nation's second highest, in response to the winter weather.


Paris, which typically receives around 15 days of snow, according to Mercury News, urged drivers to stay off the roads to avoid a repeat of an incident last year that left over 2,000 drivers stranded overnight. That storm, which was the largest snowfall in Paris since 1987, according to The Local, dropped six inches of snow on the City of Lights.


Despite the snow and chilly weather, some Parisians took full advantage of the rare event. Instead of waiting on a bus, some dug out their snowboards or skis and shredded down the hills in Montmartre or in front of the Eiffel Tower. Others built tiny snowmen from the powder that had collected on the sidewalks.

The snow may not make for the most ideal situation to travel, but perhaps skiing around Paris will catch on as an alternative form of transportation the next time the streets are powdered with it.