May 1, 2013 11:54 am
Updated: May 1, 2013 11:56 am

Snowfall wraps up one of Winnipeg’s coldest Aprils

Snow blankets Dauphin on Tuesday.

Daryl Bacon for Global News

WINNIPEG – A heavy dose of snow was a fitting way to end the month of April.

Parts of Manitoba had reports of up to 45 centimetres of snow (near Plumas) while Winnipeg got around 20 millimetres of rain.

The changes from last year to this one keep showing up in the local record books. Average mean temperature for Winnipeg in April is 4 C since records started back in 1872.

Last year the city averaged 5.9 C and this year -2.1 C, the coldest April since 1907; you have to go back 120 years to find a colder April.

The coldest monthly mean temperatures for April are:

1.   -2.9 C   1893
2.   -2.7 C  1874
3.   -2.1 C  1907 and 2013.

To go with the record-setting cold, Winnipeg also saw more than the usual amount of precipitation.

Average totals for the city are 31.9 mm of rain and 10.1 cm of snow. This month produced just slightly above the average rainfall (33.5 mm) largely due to the showers Tuesday. There was also 15 cm of snow, nearly 33 per cent more than usual, showing the lack of spring conditions on paper as well as out the window.

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