(April 8, 2007)—Officially a total of 3.4 inches of snow was recorded Saturday at Waco Regional Airport, making the rare April storm one for the record books.
That’s more snow than ever fell before not only on a single April day, but also for the entire month of April.
And it was the heaviest snowfall of any time of year since Jan. 13, 1982, when 6 inches of snow fell here.
The last time it snowed in April in Waco was on April 2, 1992 and Saturday’s snowstorm was only the third ever recorded in April in Waco.
The temperature also dropped to a record low of 32 degrees, three degrees colder than the previous record of 35 degrees set on April 7, 1996.
Waco also recorded the lowest maximum daily temperature for the date at 46 degrees, 12 degrees colder that the previous record set on April 7, 1916.
The rare wintry weather forced some area churches and other groups to cancel or move outdoor Easter sunrise services.
The snowstorm caused scattered power outages throughout Central Texas, evidently as tree limbs bent or broke under the weight of the snow, downing power lines.
At one point Saturday, shoppers in the Waco Target store were browsing the aisles in the dark and traffic lights were out along Waco Drive.
News Ten has received reports from residents of outages in Killeen and other areas of Bell County, where particularly heavy periods of snow and sleet were observed.
Sunday will be warmer, but far from spring-like.
Highs will barely reach 50.
There’s a slight chance of showers after 7 p.m. Sunday in parts of Central Texas, with overnight lows around 40.
A chance of rain remains in the forecast for some areas through Tuesday night.