CC snowfall record for April 3

UPDATE (11:22 p.m.) — The record for snowfall on the date April 3 in Charles City was 2.5 inches. That has stood since 1999. Today’s snow piled up to at least 5 inches.

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UPDATE (6 a.m.) — School in Charles City has been canceled and a winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.

The National Weather Service says snow will begin falling after 8 a.m. The high temperature is expected to reach 34 degrees, however a northeast wind of 10 to 17 mph will produce gusts as high as 25 mph. Two to 4 inches of snow accumulation is possible.


PREVIOUS STORY — The largest recorded snowfall on April 3 in Charles City is 1999’s 2.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

That little record could fall Tuesday as a springtime snow storm bears down on southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Charles City could see four inches or more Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued hazardous travel and weather warnings on Monday. Heavy snow and light freezing drizzle are expected between 1 a.m. Tuesday and 4 a.m Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches, and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected along and north of a line from Charles City to Decorah.

The heaviest snow will be Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The worst travel conditions will develop after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow.