Records falling throughout the region on a wintry day in late April

04/23/2013 5:21 PM

04/23/2013 5:49 PM

Nearly 10 inches of snow fell in Goodland.

Temperatures fell well below freezing throughout much of Kansas.

Not surprisingly, many records fell on a startlingly cold day for late April in the Sunflower State.

“It’s a record cold day,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said.

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

Records aplenty fell in Wichita today as well. The record low of 34 from 1996 was bettered by a single degree early this morning – after sunrise, no less – and temperatures could fall still more after sunset tonight.

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

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 colder.

“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 one 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.

“That’s the only thing that’s saving us, is time,” he said.

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