It’s April. And true to form, that means crazy weather.
A rare late-April snowfall overnight Wednesday saw nearly 5 inches of snow fall in Ottawa while Lima recorded a ground-covering of 2 to 3 inches.
Much of the state was under a frost-freeze warning Wednesday morning, with more frost expected Thursday morning.
Forecaster Allen Randall of the National Weather Service in Wilmington said a deep low-pressure system moving across the Ohio Valley on Tuesday evening created the conditions for the late-April snow.
“Of course this is a rare event,” Randall said. “The fact that it fell at night helped the snow accumulate.”
The good and bad news: While the snowfall was picturesque, it initially didn’t last long, with much of it melting by the time people were ready to head home from work Wednesday. However, before many could start their vehicles, more snow was falling in some areas.
The better news: Warm weather is on its way.
Temperatures this weekend should be in the mid- to upper-50s, according to AccuWeather. Monday will see temperatures near the 70-degree mark and Tuesday will flirt with a high of 80 degrees.
That cannot happen soon enough for baseball fans.
The Indians in Cleveland and the Reds in Cincinnati played their games Tuesday night in sub-40-degree weather, and the Reds’ game against the Diamondbacks was suspended amid rain and snow. The Diamondbacks had taken the lead in the top of the eighth inning, and the game was set to resume before Wednesday night’s regularly scheduled game.
Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. reported Wednesday morning it was restoring power to around 23,000 customers, after some 5-7 inches of wet heavy snow fell overnight in the Cleveland area. That’s short of the Cleveland record of 8.6 inches for a single day in the month of April.
The Columbus area got temperatures as low as 29 degrees overnight, threatening crops and tender early garden plants.