Sunday, March 1, 2015

Snow: It's been known to happen

Some of the region's bigger snowfalls came in April.

Snow: It's been known to happen

Condolences if you're reading this at work. After 10-plus feet of snow in two consecutive winters, arguably the region is entitled to a day like this.

But even though the spring equinox will occur on schedule on Sunday, that mention of snow in Peter Mucha's story isn't as outrageous is it might seem.

Recent computer-model runs are suggesting the potential for a midweek snowstorm close by, if not in the immediate Philadelphia area itself.

If you've been paying attention, you'll be wary of any forecast on a Friday for a snowstorm the following Wednesday or Thursday.

Still, the equinox does not necessarily mean the end of snow as we know it. For whatever reasons, perhaps simply the fact that we've been keeping score for only 125 years, no big storms have shown up in the last week of March.

But the region has had several notable snowfalls in April. Here are the ones that stand out. The totals are the official ones for Philadelphia.

April 3-4, 1915, 19.5 inches.

Apirl 4-9, 1917, 7.

April 4-1-2, 1924, 6.8.

April 6-7, 1971, 4.3.

April 4-6, 1982, 3.5.

Don't worry, if it happens, it's not going to hang around long. It's only a matter of time before we're back in the 70s -- and 80s.




Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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