The third in a series of winter storms which occurred in December affected the region on New Year's Eve 2000...which coincided with the Independence Bowl game between Texas A&M and Mississippi State. The difference in this storm was that the bulk of the precipitation fell as snow instead of sleet and freezing rain. Snowfall amounts varied from a dusting to an inch over the Toledo Bend Country and central Louisiana to as much as 3 to 6 inches generally north of interstate 20. A few 7 inch amounts were noted in southwest Arkansas. The official 2.2 inches at the Shreveport Regional Airport was the highest daily total snowfall in Shreveport since February 1st of 1985 when 4.4 inches of snow was recorded.
Snapshot from the Indepence Bowl 2000.
About 30 minutes before kickoff snow blew into Shreveport with strong wind whipping from one end zone to the other. The game started with the synthetic grass field a mix of green and white. By the second quarter, the turf was blanketed by snow. Plows were used during timeouts to make the goal lines, end lines and hash marks visible.
As the snow fell throughout the game, at times it came down so hard it made watching the game like looking through television static. Many of the 36,974 fans at Independence Stadium left at halftime. "There might have been a different football game under normal conditions, but our team just never gave up," said Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill, who held the same post at Texas A&M from 1982-88. "I was surprised both teams scored as many points as we did in the snow." Mississippi St. won the bowl in overtime, 43–41.
The snow came down at 1" per hour rates during the game forcing game officials to snow plow the lines during breaks in the game.
By the end of the first quarter, snow had already covered the field and made footing difficult.
Snowfall map from the event. Areas along and to the north of I-20 received the greatest amount of snow from this storm.
Image taken from the area during the snowstorm on New Years Eve.
Image of the National Weather Service in Shreveport during the Storm
500 mb chart from the event. A upper level disturbance was moving over top of an arctic airmass already in place at the surface
Radar image from the event at 7:15 PM CST showing the theavies snow bands along and to the north of I-20. lighter snow shows up south of Interstate 20.