Rare Weather Occurrences Lead To Volatile Weather This Afternoon

The largest winter weather event of the "winter" season occurred on Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018. The primary band of snow developed across northern Missouri and extended into west central Illinois during the late morning and afternoon hours. Here 3 to 6 inches of snow was observed. Further south along the I-70 corridor the precipitation was a mix of rain, sleet, snow and graupel. Winter precipitation totals here ranged from a trace to 2 inches.

Snow in April…temperatures rising by up to 15 degrees overnight…several inches of rain…flash flooding…severe thunderstorms…the last two days have seen a lot of significant weather events. But just how rare are the occurrences we’ve seen over the past few days?

WGEL’s Ryan Mifflin talked today with National Weather Service Meteorologist Jared Maples, who said April snow is, in fact a rarity, as were the cold temperatures yesterday.

As for this afternoon and early evening, Maples said showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front early this afternoon. Storms may quickly become severe with large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes possible. The main threat area will be across portions of southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois.

Click below to hear their conversation:

Stay tuned to WGEL for up-to-date weather information from the National Weather Service. We’ll have our full forecast coming up later in this news report.