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Snow, Wind Slams Great Lakes and Northeast

grapidsThere’s one word missing in the famous weather saying about the month of April.

For the upper Midwest and the Northeast, April snow showers will hopefully lead to May flowers. That’s right; many from New England to Minnesota, Saturday featured plenty of snow, cold temperatures and strong winds, and it will continue to bring a January-like feel to parts of the country into Sunday.

As much as 9.5″ of snow had accumulated in parts of the Great Lakes by Saturday evening, with some higher amounts possible into Sunday morning. The Northeast’s urban corridor is mostly expected to dodge accumulating snow, although New York City could see up to an inch early Sunday morning and Boston, Massachusetts could see 2-3″ of snow Sunday morning. Some parts of interior New England, especially in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, could see more than 6″ of snow before the system moves offshore Sunday evening.

In addition, winds gusted as high as 71 mile-per-hour (MPH) in Indiana, while Chicago’s O’Hare Airport recorded a 54 MPH gust and Indianapolis saw a 56 MPH wind gust. As of Saturday evening, however, no significant airport delays or cancellations were being reported from the strong winds.

A fast-moving but potent ‘clipper’ type system is responsible for the cold, windy and snowy weather. These are more typical in the heart of winter, but they’re certainly not unheard of in April. In 1993, Boston saw accumulating snowfall on April 23rd.

A general cool pattern is expected to stay in place across the Northeast and the upper Midwest even after the snow leaves, with highs in New York City expected to stay in the 30s and 40s through at least Wednesday, well below the city’s average high in the mid-to-upper 50s for the first week of April. Detroit, Michigan is in a similar pattern, with highs also stuck in the 30s and 40s here through Tuesday, below the Motor City’s typical early April high in the mid 50s.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @StormyPleasures

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