April 15th Snowfall Makes Winter 2013/2014 the Longest Snow Season on Record at NWS Jackson

A late season storm brought a few hours of moderate snow to many locations in eastern Kentucky during the morning hours of April 15th.  Most locations saw the ground whitened and a few spots picked up as much as 1" of wet snow.  There were even reports of higher totals over the higher terrain along the Virginia border. 

The National Weather Service Office in Jackson picked up an even 1" of snow on the 15th.  This is the third latest observed 1" snow day on record at Jackson.  The latest 1" snowfall on record, and latest measurable snow as well, occurred on May 7, 1989 when 1.0" of snow fell.  There have been 174 days between the first measurable snow of the season on October 24th and the April 15th snow and that makes the winter of 2013/2014 the longest "snow season" since records began in 1981 at NWS Jackson.

Here's a couple of nice pictures from one of our Cooperative Weather Observers located in the Colo community of Pulaski County showing the difference a day can make.  The picture on the left was taken on April 14th when temperatures were in the 70s while the picture on the right was taken on April 15th.

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