Stripe of mid-April snow spreads from Illinois to Michigan
By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 14, 2019, 5:00:32 PM EDT
Sunday has become one of the snowiest days this late in the season in Chicago as a narrow stripe of snow spreads across the midwestern United States.
In the wake of the recent April blizzard over the middle of the nation, Old Man Winter is not quite done tormenting the region. The snow is another blow to those hoping to finally write off the winter of 2018-19.
Just enough cold air has caught up with the back side of a storm for snow to spread from central and eastern Missouri to southeastern Wisconsin and Michigan.
(Patrick Gorski / USA TODAY Sports)
The same storm is sparking the outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, over the southern and eastern U.S.
Roads will stay mainly wet where the snow is light. However, some roads are turning slushy and slippery where the snow is falling hard enough.
Motorists will also face reduced visibility for a time, including on stretches of interstates 55, 75, 80 and 96.
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Motorists should also anticipate slippery conditions in wooded areas and on bridges and overpasses. This is because the road surface in these locations can be colder than their surroundings.
The snow has dropped a narrow swath of 3 to 6 inches with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 8 inches on lawns and fields across northern Illinois and far southeastern Wisconsin. This heaviest snow will continue to spread across northern and central Lower Michigan into Sunday night.
Five inches of snow was measured at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Sunday, making the day one of the top two snowiest this late in the season. The snowiest day in Chicago's history from mid-April to early May occurred on April 16, 1961, when 5.4 inches fell.
The snow disrupted air travel and prompted the postponement of Sunday's game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels.
Historically, there has been a trace or more of snow well past April 14 in Chicago. A trace of of snowfall is less than 0.1 of an inch.
The latest date for a trace of snow in Chicago was June 2, 1910. The latest date for measurable snow was 0.2 of an inch on May 11, 1966.
"As the snow diminishes on Sunday night, residents and motorists should remain alert for slippery spots as temperatures drop below freezing," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. "Bridges and overpasses would be the first to turn slick."
South of the heaviest band of snow, snow showers may spread over Detroit, Indianapolis and Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday night.
Wet snowflakes also mixed with rain in St. Louis on Sunday, less than 12 hours after strong winds caused damage across the city.
The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France sustained damage during last night’s storm that has forced the cancellation of all of today’s Palm Sunday services. Please look to nearby parishes including @cathedralstlmo for mass times. pic.twitter.com/DAodQ3R51H— Archdiocese of STL (@archstl) April 14, 2019
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