It’s mid-May, but winter apparently is not finished with parts of the Northeast, which could see yet more snow this week.
Cold air coming in from Canada is likely to cause a mix of snow and rain in higher elevations of New Hampshire, Vermont and much of northern Maine by early Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.
“It wouldn’t be surprising to see flakes flying in places like Montpelier (Vermont) and Portland, Maine,” Norman said, adding that if there is measurable snowfall in Portland, it would be the latest in the year that the white stuff has fallen since May 11, 1945.
That’s after a miserable Mother’s Day off of sleet and snow in parts of western Massachusetts. That was produced in part by the same low-pressure system that triggered flooding rains and some severe storms through the Southeast.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Sunday issued a state of emergency following the strong storms and flooding that started Wednesday, with multiple counties reporting major flooding. Damage possibly caused by tornadoes was reported in two counties, the governor’s office said in a press release.
Southern Texas was hammered by thunderstorms and showers over the weekend, and the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said the Upper Texas Coast and the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana have had “300-600% of normal rainfall” for this time of year.
A new area of low pressure is expected from the Great Lakes Monday that is likely to bring rain from Washington, to New York and Boston, Norman said.
Those looking for spring might find it in Russia near the Arctic Circle. Temperatures there, Norman said, were in the mid-80s on Sunday.
Strange Weather in Chicago
It doesn’t feel like spring in Chicago. Over 700 flights were cancelled amid a late winter storm warning on April 27.
Winter is just not ready to say good-bye to #Chicago this year. ❄️ Today, airlines at ORD have cancelled nearly 600 flights. ✈️ Check flight status w/ carrier.
— O’Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) April 27, 2019
Busy day at @fly2ohare with the spring snowstorm. Over 700 flights have been cancelled today between O’Hare and Midway. Hear from frustrated passengers at 5p on @cbschicago. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/yF0lJOujJJ
— Jeff Langan (@jefflangan) April 27, 2019
Daily Herald reported that the O’Hare International Airport cancelled close to 600 flights as of 8 p.m. on Saturday. And by that time, Midway International cancelled over 100 flights.
Lake, Cook, McHenry, DuPage, and Kane County were layered in white blankets of varying depths. McHenry and Lake County were estimated to get 4 to 6 inches of snow, according to the newspaper.
— Delé Balogun ⛈️ (@delesbalogun) April 27, 2019
“The last time 2 inches of snow fell this late was back in 1910, so it is very uncommon for this late in the year,” said Accuweather’s senior meteorologist, Alan Reppert, in an article by Accuweather. “With it being April, we can still see some snowfall in the city, but most of the snow for April falls early in the month.”
Only 0.2 of an inch fell over Chicago in spring of 1950.
Strange Weather in Chicago
This month Chicago had a thick layer of 3-plus inch snowfall, only to have it melt by 70-plus degree temperatures 48 hours later, reported WGN on April 16.
— Bill Snyder (@billyweather) April 16, 2019
It is an anomaly, but similar events have happened before.
5.6 inches of snow fell on October 19 and 20. By October 24, the temperature rose to 70 degrees, read the report.
Chicago has seen the most mid-April snow this week in more than 50 years.
“Chicago’s O’Hare Airport was whitened by 5.3 inches of snow on Sunday. That made April 14 one of the top-two snowiest days this late in the season. The snowiest day in the city’s history from April 14 to early May is 5.4 inches of snow on April 16, 1961,” reported AccuWeather.
As the clouds cleared over the Great Lakes this morning, #GOESEast saw some of the snow in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan slowly start to melt away. Learn more about how to tell snow and clouds apart in satellite imagery: https://t.co/LJSzGqKY3L pic.twitter.com/xHGX8I01c0
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) April 15, 2019
‘Seems Like a White Christmas to Me’
North of Chicago, Wisconsin residents from Milwaukee County tried their best to make their way through the slushy streets. Some people had no choice but to pull over and wait it out.
“I think people are in the mode where it’s spring and I don’t have to worry about that anymore,” Jeff Otten told FOX 6.
5-10 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected across southern Wisconsin. Snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour are possible during the afternoon and early evening. Expect hazardous travel conditions. Keep checking in for the latest information! #swiwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/vOYseNOLvp
— NWS Milwaukee (@NWSMKX) April 26, 2019
Ronald Depenbrock, a professional truck driver, said he has a device that tells him when he has lost traction; when it becomes unsafe, he calls it a day.
He recommends that others who aren’t prepared for this kind of weather to do the same.
“Just shut it down and let it ride out. It’s not going to be here long. It’s gone by tomorrow,” Depenbrock told Fox.
— Max Tsaparis (@MaxTsaparis) April 27, 2019
Epoch Times reporter Miguel Moreno contributed to this article