April Snows?

 
Possible Late Season Snow in Central Indiana
Just how rare is snow in April?
 
 
The current forecast for today indicates the possibility of some wet snow 
mixing in with the rain in Central Indiana. A look at the record books 
shows that snowfall in April is actually not as uncommon as one might think.
In 124 years of snowfall records, 105 Aprils have seen at least a trace of 
snowfall. 

What is slightly more uncommon, however, is to receive measurable amounts
of snowfall during the month. This happens on average about once every 3 years. 
The last time Indianapolis saw measurable snow during the month of April was 
April 16, 2001. 
 
The following table shows the top 10 highest 1 day snow totals 
during the month of April recorded in the Indianapolis area.
Any snow that falls today is not expected to be record setting with
only very minor accumulations possible.
 
Rank
Daily Snow Amount
Date of Occurrence
1
5.0
April 9, 1897
2
3.5
April 6, 1886
3
2.7
April 8, 1957
4
2.7
April 6, 1920
5
2.5
April 17, 1953
6
2.0
April 1, 1924
7
2.0
April 8, 1916
8
2.0
April 6, 1891
9
1.9
April 8, 1974
10
1.7
April 11, 1940
 
The latest date that measurable snow has ever fallen in the 
Indianapolis area was May 9, 1923 when 0.9 inches fell. 

Data prepared by Logan Johnson, Climate Services Program Focal Point 




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