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Cold, snow were bad for April, but not record bad

Twins Ava, left, and Lilly Hodgson, right, both 7, bury their older brother Boden, center, 9, during Tuesday’s snow fall in northeast Rochester.

Is it cold? Yes.

Was that a lot of snow? You bet.

Did Rochester see any big records fall? Not really. By all accounts — that is, the meticulous records of the National Weather Service in La Crosse — the cold and snow, while chilly and heavy, were just pretty darned bad.

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s storm by the numbers compared to a little bit of history.

19 to 6


In 1954, the April 3 temperature dropped to 6 degrees. Yesterday’s low dipped "only" to 19. And while today’s low temperature is expected to fall to 12 degrees, that’s twice the low of 6 degrees from 1995.

8 to 7.4

Tuesday’s snowfall total piled up to 7.4 inches. But on the same date in 1945, the Greatest Generation was digging out of an 8-inch storm.


The lone record that has fallen is the snowfall total for the season. Since July 1, Rochester has recorded 50.6 inches of snow. The previous record by April 3 was 49.1, meaning the snow we’ve seen this year has been a record to this date.

20 to 60

And there might be more snow on the way. Thursday afternoon, the NWS predicts a 20 percent chance of snow. While the amount predicted won’t break any records, it might add to that year-to-date total record. Furthermore, the NWS predicts a 50 percent chance of snow Sunday and 60 percent chance Sunday night. More snow is potentially on the horizon for Monday as well.


Spring colors in the shape of Easter eggs emerge from a snow-laden tree in southwest Rochester Tuesday afternoon.

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