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Mid-April snow recap

Winter's last gasp in Omaha
Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 18:40:08-04

Well, we certainly had a big April snow here in Omaha on the 16th! At Eppley, five inches of snow fell on the 16th with an extra four tenths just after midnight in the early morning hours of the 17th. This snow has pushed our totals for the month of April to above average, but it hasn’t been quite enough to catch up our seasonal totals.

However, Omaha wasn’t the only area to receive a lot of snow! Ashland measured nine inches of snow and Ralston came in a close second with eight and a half inches of snow. To our west, Columbus received eight inches and to our east, Clarinda measured seven inches of snow.

During this most recent snow season, Omaha has measured a total of 22.7 inches of snow. Our average snow total by this point would put us at 26.2 inches, so we’re about three and a half inches below the average. Lincoln is also well below average on seasonal snow totals, only coming in at 17.6” so far, compared to the average by this point of 25.6 inches. The deficit there is a solid eight inches of snow. Norfolk is ever so slightly above average by 0.6 inches. They have received 30.5” of snow this season, compared to the average total by this time of 29.9 inches. Valley has seen just a little bit more snow than Omaha, coming in at a total of 23.4 inches of snow for the season.

The snow from the 16th didn’t last long though, as temperatures warmed into the 60s and 70s the weekend of the 18th. Temperatures look to stay near or slightly above average for most of the week ahead, too. This leads us to calling an end to the 2019-2020 snow season!

Believe it or not, our average last snowfall in Omaha is March 29th. The latest we’ve seen measurable snow in Omaha was on May 9th, 1945. The earliest last snowfall was February 8th, 2005.

Looking ahead to the end of the month and beginning of May, the trend of warmer than average temperatures looks to stick around, according to the Climate Prediction Center.

We’ve still got a few rain chances ahead for Omaha before the end of April, but it looks like we’ll be heading into a bit of a drier stretch.