Winter is done… time for a few weeks of spring before summer arrives

Cbus Weather Nerd
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It was nice to see a day that showed so little promise start with morning snow showers, and get just enough clearing to still eek out highs in the lower 50s today.  This was even with a fairly decent cold air mass in place.

We will feel chilly temperatures the next few mornings, but the mainly clear skies, dry air, and relatively high sun angle are really going to help us see nice bounces the next few days.

When should it finally stop snowing?

Short answer, this morning was it.  Historically speaking, it is very common to see snow in the month of April.  If you look back over the past decade, we typically have on and off a bit of snow here or there during the 4th month of the year.

But, our almost 3 inches of snow this April is the most we have tallied since April of 2005 when we measured 4.7″.

Since 1931, records have been kept for the last measurable snowfall (0.1″ or more) for each season.  On average the last date is March 30th, and the latest is May 7th of 1989.

In April of 2005 it was also the last time we had a later last measurable snowfall than we have had this year.  We had 1/5″ of snow on the 23rd of April that month, then, a whopping 3.0″ on the 24th.

Shockingly, that April started off really warm, including a three day stretch of days in the 80s just a few days before the big snow came, and then temperatures fell and stayed down the rest of the month.

The snowfall this morning made this one of the snowiest Aprils in Columbus on record

After we officially picked up 0.3″ of snowfall today, we are now up to 2.9″ for the month, which is 1.8″ above normal.  However, this puts us in the top 10 for the snowiest Aprils on record.

Looking forward, the end of April and the start of May are not going to be super warm, but will be more “spring-like”

Our temperatures are going to be chilly in the mornings the rest of this week, but will slowly warming each and every afternoon the rest of this week and weekend.

Our normal high temperature this time of the year is 65, and climbs to 68 by the end of next week.  So in the extended forecast, we have a few days with temps near normal, but nothing that would be abnormally warm (or cold).

Looking further ahead, it does appear we will keep this late April/early May temperature pattern for the start of May as well.  Below is the 6-10 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center at NOAA, which agrees with my forecast at the end of my extended forecast.

Notice we are in the near normal forecast for days 6-10, and below in days 8-14, basically the first week of May, will be near normal as well.

The Climate Prediction Center at NOAA has released their outlook for the month of May, changes are coming!

Compared to April that is going to finish as a whole several degrees below normal, it appears we could actually see a warmer than normal May.  The 1st week looks near normal, but the overall pattern shows warmer air shifting to the east for the 2nd/3rd weeks of May.

This may help the overall May outlook shift to slightly above normal.

Are we done with the snow for this season?

Yes!  We will have a few cool nights, but it appears they will be dry, and when precip. does return, we will have temps in the 40s at nights.

If you have questions about climate, snow, temps, or any other weather, email me: dmazza@wcmh.com

-Dave

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