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