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Late April offers an impressive cameo of winter in Kansas

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 5:39 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

It’s never snowed this much this late in Goodland before.

It’s never been this cold this late in Wichita, either.

On a day that felt more like the heart of winter than the end of April, records fell like snowflakes across Kansas on Tuesday.

The 9.2 inches of snow that fell in Goodland late Monday and early Tuesday is the most on record this late in the season, according to the National Weather Service.

Records fell in Wichita as well. The 0.2 inches of snow Tuesday night is the latest measurable snow on record in Wichita. The previous record was set April 20, 1918.

The record low temperature of 34 from 1996 was bettered by two degrees after sunrise on Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said.

Tuesday’s high of 37 actually came at 2 a.m., Darmofal said, and readings fell as the morning lengthened.

Wichita set a record low for April 24, too, breaking the previous record of 31 set in 1967.

The record-low high temperature for April 23 in Wichita took a beating. The old record from 1931 was 47, meaning the new mark is a full 10 degrees lower.

“We really shattered it,” Darmofal said.

Russell and Salina also set records for low high temperature, and Russell’s overnight low broke the record by 1 degree.

“This may be winter’s last gasp this spring,” Darmofal said.

But he’s not ready to guarantee it yet – even though May arrives next week.

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