Weather in the Tri State will keep you on your toes especially in the spring season. While many were in the mindset of storing away thier ice scrapers and brushes, Old Man Winter returns this week. Our next cold front that is expected to arrive Tuesday morning will be delivering a 1-2 punch of wintery weather. Temperatures will drop dramatically from the 60s to the 30s in a span of only 6 hours. Precipitation will also be changing from rain to snow by the evening. Yes, SNOW is in the forecast after setting a record high of 84 degrees on April 8th. Seeing the flakes fly this late in the season is a rarity but not complete abnormality. How often does it snow in April, and could we be setting records this week?
Tri Staters do not have to scroll that far back in the past to recall the last time it snowed in April. In 2018, Evansville recorded 0.3" the morning of April 7th. Locations south of the Ohio River like Owensboro, Clay and Marion saw a decent 1-2". This was the first measurable snowfall in April in most areas since 1983. Sunny skies eventually prevailed that afternoon and temperatures topped in the mid-40s.
The heaviest snowfall in the month of April occurred 50 years ago. April 5-7, 1971, a late-season snowstorm dumped a range of 2-11" of snow for the Tri State. Evansville recorded 9", meanwhile locations like Harrisburg in Saline Co., IL received a hefty 11".
However, we could experience the latest snowfall event ever for the River City this week. In 1983 and 1953 Evansville recorded snow on the 18th of April. If snow falls and is measurable this week (April 20th), this could mark the latest snowfall. In addition to the chance of snow, temperatures will plummet into the low-30s Wednesday morning. The record low for Wednesday is 31, which is possible to shatter.