April snow not uncommon; Scottsbluff snow record set in April 1927


Spring snowstorms, much like the one we are expecting to end the weekend, are not uncommon. In fact, it was on this date in history that Scottsbluff was in the middle of a five-day spring storm that still holds a spot in the record book decades later.

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne said the storm began on April 11, 1927, and intensified from April 12th through the 14th before finally releasing its grip on the region on April 15, 1927.

Left in its wake, the greatest snow depth on record for Scottsbluff, a mark that still stands 87 years later.

On the first day of the storm, the only an inch of snow fell in Scottsbluff, but the next day, April 12, 1927, 6.5 more inches of snow fell in Scottsbluff, while Chadron had eight inches of snow.

Day three of the storm, April 13, 1927, brought more snow, this time 6.8 more inches to Scottsbluff, while Chadron had seven inches, and Kimball had five.

The record was broken thought on April 14, 1927, as Scottsbluff was buried in 12.5 inches of snow, which left a snow depth of 23 inches of snow on the ground. This record snow depth for Scottsbluff still stands. Kimball also had a foot of snow on that day.

The storm finally ended on April 15, 1927, as the five-day total stood at 27.7 inches in Scottsbluff. Kimball totaled 17 inches during the event, and Chadron had a staggering 32.1 inches of snow.

Scottsbluff had a total of 3.68 inches of water out of the snow as well.

Much like this week, the weather in the preceding days to the storm were mild, as April 2 through April 10, 1927 all had highs in the 60s and 70s. During the five days of the storm, high temperatures in Scottsbluff ranged from 33 to 35 degrees.

By the way, that 23 inch snow depth didn't last long. Highs rebounded into the 50s and it took just four days for all of the snow to completely melt.

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