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April Showers Bring May... Snow?


Springfield made the record books today. This is the first time in recorded history that the city has received snowfall past May 1st. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on the ever-changing weather conditions of the Ozarks.

As I scroll down my newsfeed, you can guess what all my Facebook friends are talking about: the snow that is dusting the region. One friend even writes, “Has mother nature gone off her rocker or simply given up on spring?”

To figure out what was going on, I spoke with meteorologist Doug Cramer. He explained there was a strong storm system that came out of Canada and brought cold conditions that stuck around and then accumulated this record snowfall.

He says having this cold of a system loom around southern Missouri with a large amount of perception moving in, is an extremely unusual event.

“We cannot find any record of snow fall accumulation beyond May 2nd. So this is an unprecedented event and it will go down in the record books as the latest snow fall in Springfield’s history,” said Cramer.

He explains that the weather will not be getting any nicer throughout the weekend, with a continuance of a mixed snow, rain, and drizzle through tonight, with a low of 32. Saturday’s forecast is rainy with a high near 49.

Cramer predicts that either tonight or tomorrow will bring extremely low May temperatures for Springfield, perhaps making it one of the coldest weekends on record.

For KSMU news, I’m Shannon Bowers.