Weather: April snow showers will still bring May flowers

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April snow showers floating down on April 2. Photo/Carol Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NH – It’s not unusual to see snow in April here in New Hampshire, but let’s be honest: It’s emotionally devastating, especially for those of us looking forward to spring flowers.

According to the National Weather Service, a warm front has pushed  a low-pressure system our way from the Great Lakes, which resulted in light snow. Although it the April 2 storm will amount to less than an inch of accumulation in the Manchester area, there’s more snow in the forecast for Tuesday.

Accumulation for both days will be less than an inch, says National Weather Service meteorologist Nikki Becker, stationed in Gray, Maine.

Rooting for my daffodils to withstand the snow and bloom. Photo/Carol Robidoux

“Monday’s snow should be over by about 2 p.m. as the front moves off shore. It’s just the northern part of the system clipping us for today,” Becker says. “Tuesday’s snow will change over to rain, and because the temperatures will likely be too warm for much of anything to accumulate, it shouldn’t amount to much more than Monday’s snowfall.”

Becker says the weather service will be updating that forecast later Monday afternoon. April snow showers still equals precipitation, and ultimately, that’s good for May flowers, including daffodils and tulips, which are scheduled to start popping in the coming weeks here in New Hampshire.

The futurecast includes warmer temperatures on Wednesday before the mercury dips back down into the colder temperatures, and more snow is possible for the weekend, but it’s too soon to talk about accumulation, says Becker.

“It still snows in New England in the spring,” says Becker, “but I totally get it. It’s not that welcome in April.”


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Carol Robidoux

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