An unusual April storm blanketed the Swanton area with up to eight inches of snow Friday night.
Officially at Toledo Express Airport, 7.8 inches of snow was reported. Reports of 4-5 inches were common in the Village of Swanton.
The 7.8 inches of snow made for the second biggest April snow on record in Toledo. The biggest was in April of 1957 when 10.1 inches fell.
For the month of April, 8.5 inches of snow has fallen. That is the third highest April snow total on record. The highest is 12 inches in 1957.
The 8.5 inches in April also makes it the snowiest month of this snow season. January and February each had less than 6 inches of snow.
The heavy, wet snow began to fall Friday evening and continued overnight. As the flakes, sometimes as big as half-dollars fell, they blanketed everything, including spring flowers and tree buds, in white.
The snow was courtesy of a rapidly strengthening low pressure system that moved southeast across the lower Great Lakes Region, according to a National Weather Service report. “As the storm intensified, bands of snow set up across northern Ohio and Lake Erie. The snow contained a high water content (liquid to snow ratio) which weighted down trees, bushes, and spring plants,” the report said.
There were reports of downed trees due to the weight of the snow. There were also power outages, with a relatively large amount in the Whitehouse and Waterville areas.
Warmer and dryer weather is forecast over the next week as high temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s by the weekend.