Snowfall: April 15-16, 2014

snowfall_20140416After early afternoon highs in the lower 60s across much of Connecticut on April 15th, a strong cold front moved through the area at night. Rain quickly changed to sleet and snow across the higher elevations of western Connecticut between 8 and 11 p.m. Although a changeover eventually took place from west to east across most of the state, the heaviest snow fell across western Connecticut. Snow ended before the pre-dawn hours on the 16th.

radar_140416Snowfall amounts of 1 to 2″ were common across northern Fairfield and Litchfield Counties. Although there was a gap in the data, it is possible that there were more reports of greater than 2″ across the Litchfield Hills. With this relatively small sample, the highest amounts were from Redding to Roxbury with 2 to 3″ or so. The radar image to the left shows a band of heavy snow across northwestern Connecticut shortly after 12:30 a.m. on the 16th.

As of 2 p.m. on April 16th, temperatures across the higher terrain in western Connecticut were only in the mid to upper 30s. As is often the case with early spring snowfalls, unseasonably cold air followed the snow.

The snowfall season-to-date for Naugatuck stands at 60.4″ after 0.4″ of snow fell from the 15th to the 16th.

 

Location Total (in) Source    Footnote
Roxbury 3.3 NWS
Bethel 2.5 Twitter Estimated
Milbrook NY 2.3 AmericanWX
Brookfield 2.1 Twitter Candlewood shores
Danbury 2.0 Twitter
New Milford 2.0 Twitter Southeast end
Redding 2.0 Twitter
Roxbury 2.0 Twitter
Winsted 2.0 NWS
Ridgefield 1.9 Twitter
Brookfield 1.8 CoCoRaHS
New Hartford 1.5 Twitter
New Fairfield 1.2 Twitter
Greenwich 1.0 Twitter North end
Somers 1.0 NWS
Staffordville 1.0 Twitter Co-op observer
Tolland 1.0 AmericanWX
Shelton 0.6 CoCoRaHS
Brooklyn 0.5 AmericanWX
East Killingly 0.5 NWS
Manchester 0.5 CoCoRaHS
North Granby 0.5 NWS
Oxford 0.5 Twitter
West Hartford 0.5 AmericanWX
Wolcott 0.5 Twitter
Ledyard 0.5 Twitter
Naugatuck 0.4 Skywarn spotter
Hamden 0.3 Skywarn spotter
Prospect 0.3 CoCoRaHS
Southington 0.3 CoCoRaHS
Enfield 0.2 CoCoRaHS
Windsor Locks 0.2 NWS Bradley Int’l Airport
Stratford 0.1 NWS Sikorsky Airport

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Quincy

Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for weather.com.

After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design.

He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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