News Environment Paris Hasn't Seen This Much Snow in 5 Years By Noel Kirkpatrick Writer Georgia State University Young Harris College Noel Kirkpatrick is an editor and writer based in Tacoma, Washington. He covers many topics including science and the environment. our editorial process Noel Kirkpatrick Updated February 08, 2018 Not everyone greeted a snow day in Paris with this much joy, but the beauty of this scene in the Champ de Mars garden near the Eiffel Tower is hard to disagree with. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images) Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices Paris is known as the City of Light, but it may need to temporarily change its nickname to the City of Snow after a massive snowfall on the French capital on Feb. 7. According to Reuters, as much as six inches (15 centimeters) of snow covered Paris, making it the largest amount of snow the city has seen since 2013. It resulted in snarled traffic, an opportunity to ski through the streets and some very cold tourists. Iconic tourism spots, like the Bassin de Latone in the the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, took on a new look thanks to the snow. (Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images) Iconic tourism spots, like the Bassin de Latone in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, took on a new look thanks to the snow. Cars run on a snow covered road in Tours, central France following massive snowfall. (Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images) The snowfall caused a widespread disruption of traffic around the region, leaving motorists and other travelers stranded. French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said what could be done to minimize travel disruptions had been done — but road grit wasn't likely to help given the large amount of snow. An emergency shelter installed at the Robert Wagner gymnasium in Velizy-Villacoublay, a Paris suburb. (Photo: Samuel Boivin/AFP/Getty Images) Emergency shelters, like this one installed at the Robert Wagner gymnasium in the Paris suburb Velizy-Villacoublay, were available to motorists who had to abandon their cars. Reuters reported that around 1,500 people needed shelters between Tuesday night and Wednesday. An aerial picture shows snow covered houses in a southern suburb of Paris near Orly. (Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images) Griveaux said the weather was so unusual for Paris that the city was as prepared as it will ever be for future incidents like this, telling RTL radio, "We're not going to adapt our infrastructure for an exceptional occurrence, for two big snowfalls that happen every four or five years." A skier skis on the snow-covered Montmartre hill in front of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) Still, plenty of folks have been taking the opportunity to have fun, including skiing down Montmartre hill in front of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. People walk through the snow covered alley of the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower. (Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images) The Eiffel Tower closed to visitors by Tuesday afternoon, before the heaviest snowfall had arrived, but the streets of Paris, like this snow-covered alley on the Champ de Mars, were still open to the public. People walk in the snow-covered gardens of the Palace of Versailles. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) Other Parisian tourism attractions like the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, were still open, giving visitors a new way to experience a classic attraction. Snow-covered houseboats moored on the banks of the Seine in Paris following heavy snowfall. (Photo: Stephane de Sakutin) Even houseboats on the Seine received a dusting of snow. A tiny snowman in Paris' Tuileries Garden following heavy snowfall. (Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images) As Paris heads into another night, residents can expect below-freezing temperatures of 28 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 2 degrees Celsius). Roads are frozen and icy, so motorists have been advised to stay off the roads. Train service is expected to improve, but delays are still likely. Patience will be needed, but for now, the scenery is memorable.