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April winter storm brings record-breaking freezing temperatures and late snowfall to a dozen states

A late season winter storm is predicted to bring record-breaking low temperatures and late snow to over a dozen states this week, as Kansas City and Kentucky record their latest snowfalls on record as it continues to make its way Northeast.

The National Weather Service has issued frost and freeze watches for over 87 million Americans as a rare April winter storm passes across the the eastern half of the US

The storm has made it’s way through the Rocky Mountains and Central Plains, where Montana and South Dakota have racked up to 9 inches of snow.

It has since continued Northeast as Indianapolis, Buffalo in New York and Cleveland in Ohio experienced snowfall Tuesday into Wednesday. 

Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average across much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation on Wednesday and in some areas even 30 degrees cooler that normal at this time of the year, CNN reports. 

On Wednesday Pennsylvania saw several inches of snowfall as a late- season winter storm passes through the Northeast 

Snow covers blossoming peach trees in near Erie, Pennsylvania on Wednesday as a  late-season winter storm has caused snowfall and lowered temperatures in the region

Snow covers blossoming peach trees in near Erie, Pennsylvania on Wednesday as a  late-season winter storm has caused snowfall and lowered temperatures in the region

A late-season winter storm has left at least six inches of snow in Denver and left temperatures down to 30 degrees as residents prepare for additional snow on Wednesday

A late-season winter storm has left at least six inches of snow in Denver and left temperatures down to 30 degrees as residents prepare for additional snow on Wednesday 

Central Indiana received three inches of snow, a historic amount of snow this late in the year

Central Indiana received three inches of snow, a historic amount of snow this late in the year 

On Wednesday morning Indianapolis recorded 21 degree weather as the storm causes record-breaking low temperatures across a dozen states

On Wednesday morning Indianapolis recorded 21 degree weather as the storm causes record-breaking low temperatures across a dozen states

On Tuesday, Kansas City received 3.5 inches of snow, its largest snowfall this late into spring on record.  

Indianapolis also experienced historic snowfall, recording two inches of snow, breaking the record for the most single day snow this late in April.   

Historically low temperatures are expected in nearly a dozen states as the storm makes its way across the Northeast.

The storm is projected to exit the Northeast by Thursday, but portions of New England and New York are expected to have lingering snow showers.  

On Wednesday morning Indianapolis recorded 21 degree weather while Oklahoma City saw a record low temperature of 30 degrees and Dallas was 38 degrees. 

This week’s weather is unusual because typically last snow comes late March into mid April for most central cities. 

Last snowfall in Chicago typically arrives April 4, in Detroit on April 8 and in Kansas City on March 22, CNN reports. 

“If Columbia measures any snowfall on Tuesday (4/20), it would tie the record for latest measurable snowfall (dating back to 1890),” according to the NWS in St. Louis.

In Wichita, the city could end up with more than 1 inch of snow. On average, the last day for snow of this magnitude is February 20 and the record is April 8, so Wichita could receive it latest one-inch snowfall on record.

snow storm is predicted to be quick-moving, lasting between three to six hours in most locations, followed by more spring-like weather that should melt the snow. 

This late-season storm has brought record-breaking late snow and low temperatures to over a dozen states

This late-season storm has brought record-breaking late snow and low temperatures to over a dozen states

The National Weather Service has issued frost and freeze watches for over 87 million Americans as a rare April winter storm passes across the the eastern half of the country

 The National Weather Service has issued frost and freeze watches for over 87 million Americans as a rare April winter storm passes across the the eastern half of the country

Central New York experienced snowfall and low temperatures on Wednesday morning as a late season winter storm passes through the Northeast

Central New York experienced snowfall and low temperatures on Wednesday morning as a late season winter storm passes through the Northeast

By Wednesday afternoon, the snow is expected to shift into the interior Northeast, with a band expected to track across western Pennsylvania, upstate New York and northern portions of New England, CNN reports.  

On Wednesday Buffalo was covered in a blanket of snow, expected to accumulate up to four inches.

Snowfall in Cleveland caused over 2,500 power outages on Wednesday morning, Cleveland.com reported. 

The coldest air is expected to move into the Northeast an the East Coast Thursday morning, with wind chills expected to be in the 20’s and even dipping to the teens in western and northern New York.

By Thursday, more than 90 record daily cold temperatures could be tied or broken, CNN reports. 

By the upcoming weekend temperatures are expected to rise and remain below average into at least next week. 


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