CHART: Most significant April snowfalls

April 24, 2013 | 3:07 p.m. CDT
Columbia residents who woke early enough on Wednesday probably noted a light dusting of snow on the ground and some large flakes falling as late as 6:30 a.m. It didn’t last long, though. By the time folks were making their morning commutes, the flurries had stopped and the dusting had melted.

Although Wednesday remained relatively cool, the high temperature at Sanborn Field inched a tad above 51 degrees. That signaled a warming trend that the National Weather Service was forecasting would continue through the weekend. Thursday and Friday highs are predicted to be 59 degrees, and there is a good chance of rain on Friday. Weekend temperatures are expected to climb to a high of 72 on Sunday.

Snow as late as April 24 isn’t unheard of in Columbia, but it’s also not common. Here’s a look at data from the National Weather Service about late-season snowfalls in the city.