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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 07 2013

Weather Talk: Arkansas records snow for first time ever in May

The snowstorm late last week set numerous records for snow amounts recorded during the month of May. The states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas all set records for the heaviest snow observed during the month of May.

Perhaps the most impressive of all those state records was the one set in Arkansas. The first recording of weather in that state goes back to 1819, with more widespread records beginning in the later half of the 1800s. At no time since those records began was any snow recorded during the month of May. The closest was a report of flurries in Fayetteville and other nearby communities on April 30, 1903.

But this year on May 3, far more than flurries came out of the sky in northwestern Arkansas. One to 3 inches of snow was very common around Fayetteville that day, with localized 5-inch amounts recorded.

A similar event will likely happen again, but using history as our guide, it may be decades in the future.

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