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A rare April snow was observed in the Quad State Region. As surface low pressure moved from east Texas into Mississippi and Alabama, the bulk of the precipitation on the afternoon and evening of Friday April 6th missed our region to the south. However, a secondary wave developed and interacted with enough leftover moisture to develop a band of precipitation overnight into the morning hours on April 7th. Cold air funneled into the region through the night, allowing precipitation to quickly change over to snow, with a very brief transition period of sleet for some locations. Many locations picked up anywhere from 0.5" to 1.5" of snow, particularly from far southeast Missouri into far southern Illinois and portions of western Kentucky. Some isolated locales picked up close to 2 inches. This was the 1st measurable snow in the month of April since 1983 for many locations, including Paducah, Kentucky. The last time we received any measurable snow during the month of April anywhere in our forecast area was back in 2004, when far southern portions of Kentucky from Murray to Hopkinsville were blanketed with snow.


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