LATE SEASON SNOW BLANKETS MIDWEST,
April 25, 2005 - A storm system moving from the central Mississippi Valley into West Virginia over the weekend brought severe weather and late-season snow to much of the Midwest, Ohio River Valley and Appalachia. According to NOAA’s National Weather Service, the heaviest snowfall and blizzard conditions occurred over parts of the eastern Great Lakes region and the central Appalachians on Saturday and Sunday.
Heavy snow snarled traffic and wreaked havoc on early budding and leafing trees. Thousands of residents were left without power as snow fell on parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Temperatures were as much as 25 degrees below average throughout the area.
Officials at NOAA’s National Weather Service in Detroit, White Lake reported snow and winter storm conditions in ten of the 17 southeastern Michigan counties served by the office. National Weather Service forecaster Greg Smith said northern Detroit suburbs reported 10-13 inches by Sunday evening. One area site reported 14.3 inches, according to Smith, while several areas topped eight inches, including 11.2 inches at White Lake, ten inches at Deckerville and eight inches at Anoca.
- Learn more about last weekend's unusual late-April snowstorm in Michigan with NOAA's National Weather Service in Detroit: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/
The snow aggravated residents who had been enjoying about two weeks of above-average high temperatures and were forced to trade in Bermuda shorts for snow shovels to clear the wet, heavy piles.
Temperatures were expected to return to a more-seasonable high around 50 degrees over much of the area, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
“This snow gave us a clear demonstration of the variability of spring weather,” said Gary Foltz, acting director of the National Weather Service Central Region. “After weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, forecasters at our offices around the Great Lakes reversed course and began issuing winter weather watches well in advance. On Friday afternoon, they began issuing winter weather warnings, so people had 13 hours and more to get ready for the snow. “
Foltz added that the West wasn’t spared from springtime storms, as snow fell on the Denver area and other high altitude areas of the Rockies. Forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service in Denver recorded 14 inches in Gilpin County, 11 inches near Eldorado Springs and nine inches near Conifer in Jefferson County.
Pat Slattery, NOAA’s National Weather Service, (816) 891-8914 x621
Related Web sites:
NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
NOAA’s Interactive Snow Information: http://www.nohrsc.nws.gov/interactive/html/map.html