Extreme weather over Easter weekend brought heavy snow from North Dakota to Michigan – even breaking old records in some places.
Up to 15 inches of snow in South Dakota
An Easter weekend snow storm made its way across South Dakota, dropping more than a foot of snow in some parts of the state.
Sioux Falls got 5.2 inches, the most snowfall on any date in the city dating back to 1893.
Heavy snow was recorded in Black Hawk with 10 inches, Deadwood with 15 inches, Piedmont with 10.9 inches, Red Shirt with 10 inches and Saint Onge with 10 inches. [Argus Leader]
Easter snowfall records in Iowa
Several northern Iowa towns saw record amounts of snowfall this Easter Sunday.
Ringsted, Iowa received 11 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Des Moines. Rock Valley received 7 inches. Hull received 6.5 inches. Rock Rapids received 8.3 inches.
Sioux City got 3.7 inches, an April 12 record, and the second-most snow in recorded history there on Easter. [DesMoines Register]
2 feet of snow in 24 hours in Michigan
A winter storm – in April – hit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Sunday and into Monday, leaving nearly two feet of snow in some areas.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, areas between Marquette and Munising saw between 18-24 inches of snow.
A foot of snow in southern Minnesota
A spring storm dumped nearly a foot of heavy, wet snow in southern Minnesota, causing crashes and spinouts for travelers who chose not to stay at home because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The National Weather Service reported nearly 11 inches of snow at Elgin and about 10 inches at Wabasha and Oronoco.
Winds gusts in excess of 35 mph were reported. [KIMT]
A foot of snow in northern Wisconsin
Southern Wisconsin is under a wind advisory as a powerful storm system that dumped more than a foot of snow in northern Wisconsin leaves the state.
The spring storm Sunday into early Monday left 12.5 inches (32 centimeters) of snow in Merrill, 9.1 inches (23 centimeters) in Rhinelander and 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) in Eau Claire. [Star Tribune]
Almost 2 feet of snow in New England
Residents throughout New Hampshire and Maine woke up on Good Friday morning to a blanket of snow far more customary for January than April.
Up to 31 inches of snow at Mountain High resort in California
For downtown Los Angeles, the rainfall erased a big seasonal deficit and put the total to date above average, with chances for more continuing into Friday.
The storm’s snowfall at the Mountain High resort topped 31 inches.
Despite the spring storms and very full reservoirs, California’s snowpack remains below normal. State authorities have urged people to use water wisely, saying the climate continues to show extreme unpredictability. [LA Times]
And around the world
3 record snowfalls in 6 days for Thompson, Manitoba, Canada
An unprecedented six-day stretch of early April snowfall in Thompson has led to the biggest snow-clearing effort since the blizzard of March 2017.
Snow fell in Thompson four of the six days from April 2 to April 7, setting records on three of them. The 15.6 centimetres that fell last Thursday was the most since 6.8 cm of snow in 1995, while the 34.4 cm that fell on Friday beat the previous record of 6.4 cm from 1967 by 28 cm. Only 2.8 cm fell April 4, well below the 1973 record of 8.4 cm, while the 12.8 cm of snow on April 7 was close to double the previous record of 6.5 cm in 1981.
Friday’s snowfall in Thompson was higher than any day in April up to 2010. The previous highest one-day amount was 22.6 cm and the average snowfall for the entire month of April up to 2010 was 23 cm.
As of April 7, there were 87 cm of snow on the ground in Thompson, the most there has been since 1967, the first year of Environment Canada historical records available online, when there was 84 cm.
The normal amount of snow on the ground at the end of March is 45 cm, slightly more than half of what Thompson had yesterday. The most snow that has ever been on the ground in Thompson is 91 cm, in January and February 1968 and in April 1967. [Thompson Citizen]
Heavy spring snow across New Brunswick, Canada
The winter-like storm brought more than 20 centimetres of snow to parts of New Brunswick overnight.
The snowfall amounts in southern New Brunswick ranged between five and eight centimeters, while observations in the Fredericton area ranged between 13 (5 inches) and 22 centimeters (9 inches).
O’Donnells (between Boiestown and Doaktown): 22.1 cm
Miramichi: 20.3 cm
Keswick Ridge: 20.1 cm
The Saint John Airport reported a wind gust of 72 km/h overnight, Grand Manan saw a wind gust of 64 km/h and the Moncton region saw wind gusts reach 63 km/h. [Country 94]
First April snow falls in 26 years in Tajikistan
The snow has fallen in Dushanbe in April for the first time during the past 26 years, Asia-Plus reported.
The snow is 18-20 cm (7-8 inches) thick in different parts of the capital city.
Snow is rare for Tajikistan in mid-spring. The country almost did not have snow during the past winter. [Aki Press]