Can it snow in May?

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By Quincy Vagell on May 1, 2013, 2:30pm Last modified: May 2, 2013, 5:20pm

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Can it snow in May? Well, look back at history. Connecticut has seen snow in May.

It's not a common occurrence, but May 1977 comes to mind. From May 9th to 10th of that year, a highly unusual winter-like storm brought heavy, wet snow to portions of the Northeast. A record 1.3" of snow was reported at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on that date. According to a post from AmericanWX (formally known as EasternUSWX), the hill towns in northeast and northwest Connecticut saw significant accumulations of 6-12"+.

With that said, it's very unusual to see snow in May. Compared to October, where it has snowed numerous times, May has only seen one event with widespread accumulating snow in this area. That was in 1977. A few other years have seen flakes in the air, but it's generally far too warm for snow to accumulate.

Even in that 1977 event, temperatures were well above freezing the entire time. A total of 2.20" of precipitation fell, which means the liquid to snowfall ratio was 0.6:1. The average ratio during the winter is closer to 11:1.

Parts of the country are seeing snow in May of this year.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, Winter Storm Warnings were in place for much of the Midwest. Some areas were forecast to pick up 6 or more inches of snow, and we're not talking about the mountains.
Below is a forecast from the WPC for 4"+ snow probabilities:
Crazy things have happened in Connecticut over the past few years, but I think it's safe to say we won't be getting any snow this month. Might that change in future months of May? Only time will tell.

May 1977 Snow Storm Images

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Quincy Vagell

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