April showers bring what?

Posted May 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

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By Julie Ann Madden

Winter Weather Advisories blanketed the area to the north and west of Sioux City Sunday evening as Old Man Winter won the battle over Mother Nature, changing April showers to May snow showers, not flowers.

It began raining Sunday morning in the Akron area and residents woke up to a light covering of slushy snow Monday morning, making roads a little icy.

According to National Weather Service – Sioux Falls’ Technician Tim Masters, most of the snow melted as it hit the ground in the Siouxland area. By 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Sioux City recorded 1.42 inches of rainfall and a trace of snow for that past 24 hours. Akron’s data was not available.

The largest snowfall reported was 6.7 inches in Chester, S.D., which is about 35 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nearby South Dakota cities of Yankton and Vermillion each had 1.5 inches of snowfall while Hinton on the Iowa side had 1 inch and Worthington, Minn., had 2 inches.

The forecast for the rest of Monday was a few flurries, then changing back to rain.

Akron Snow History

According to our May 8, 2013 story, Akron received 2 inches of snow on May 1, 2013. Prior to that the latest snow, which could have been hail was on May 19, 1950. The latest spring snowfall Akron has ever had was 3 inches on May 28, 1947. Meteorologist Brad Adams noted in that story that Akron’s weather records have some gaps in the past 70 years.

According to Pat Clark, there was a trace of snow the day she was born: June 7, 1938, at her parents’ home between Akron and Westfield.

Dodie Hook reported that early 1980s Interstate 80 was closed in May due to snow. Her mom and aunt were on their way to visit and had to pull off for the night because the interstate was closed and the conditions were blizzard-like.

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