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On April 4, 1987, there was a blizzard and the snow was piled up under our feet.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — April can be a fickle month, especially in the first few weeks, when winter often lingers in the midst of spring. Seasonal differences often result in severe weather such as heavy rain, high winds, and tornadoes, as we experienced on Tuesday.

On April 2, 1987, a low-pressure system developed in the western Gulf of Mexico and brought the latest snowfall on record to Mobile, Alabama the next morning. On Saturday, April 3, as the storm moved northeast, it dumped 2 inches of snow in Meridian, Mississippi, 6 inches in Birmingham, Alabama, 8 inches in Nashville, Tennessee, and 12 inches in Asheville, North Carolina.

A late-winter storm system continues to gain strength as it moves north across the western side of the Appalachians, sucking in enough cold air to trigger a full-blown April snowstorm in much of Ohio by late afternoon, causing surface pressure to drop. It deepened rapidly.

Snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour with wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour, causing blizzard conditions near and east of Interstate 71. The blizzard and drifting made travel through the blinding snow dangerous, eventually rendering roads impassable and bringing most transportation to a standstill.

The snow was heavy and wet, the temperature was below freezing or just above freezing, and it stuck to trees and railroad tracks. The power outage occurred in the evening and into the night.

By the time the snow stopped just after midnight Sunday, the final reading at Port Columbus International Airport had reached 12.6 inches (12.3 inches in 24 hours on April 4), setting all modern April records for a late-season snowstorm. It broke. In the city.

Areas east of Columbus received even more. Between Newark and Zanesville, 15 to 20 inches of snow fell. A 24-hour snowfall record was set between Canton and Akron, with 20.6 inches of snow falling. In addition, impressive spring totals of 22 inches were recorded in New Lexington and 21 inches in Coshocton. Charleston, West Virginia recorded 20 inches.

Notably, this was the second snowstorm of the week, after up to 8 inches fell in northeast Franklin County on March 30-31, 1987, and 5.7 inches fell in Columbus. Cleveland received 16.5 inches, which was a March record at the time.

From April 2 to 7, 1886, snowfall, likely from several storms, totaled 16.9 inches in Columbus, but the intensity of the snowfall was greater than at any time during that period. There was no.

https://www.nbc4i.com/weather/april-4-1987-brought-blizzard-conditions-foot-of-snow/ On April 4, 1987, there was a blizzard and the snow was piled up under our feet.

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