Historic Snowfall for the Ozarks - May 3rd, 2013

National Weather Service, Springfield, MO

Event Summary

An unprecedented early May snowfall occurred across southeastern Kansas and the western Missouri Ozarks on May 3rd and early on May 4th, 2013.  This snow occurred as a large upper level area of low pressure slowly moved east across the region.  Lift, moisture, and cold air associated with this low resulted in a prolonged period of light to moderate snow, along with record low temperatures.


While snow was observed over much of the region, the heaviest amounts generally occurred between U.S. 65 and I-49 in Missouri, where 2-4” of snow fell over the course of two days. Along with the snow, high temperatures on Friday, May 3rd generally remained in the mid to upper 30s, with low temperatures around the freezing mark.  These cold temperatures broke daily record cold high temperatures.  In addition, several sites saw the coldest recorded temperatures for the month of May.

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