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Unusual snowstorm strikes Midwest

A rare May snowstorm swept through the center of the United States on Wednesday and Thursday, with six to twelve inches of snow falling in a band reaching from Kansas through Minnesota. The unseasonable precipitation was the product of an unusually deep upper-level trough combined with a very strong cold front stationed across the continent. The storm broke several records for snowfall and low temperatures in the month of May across the affected states.

Closer to home, seasonable temperatures are forecast to continue for the weekend. High pressure will dominate the region, resulting in sunshine and calm winds, as the synoptic blocking pattern that has been in place for much of this week will continue to persist. High pressure will finally move out sometime in the middle of next week, but not before allowing a few more beautiful spring days.