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14 inches of snow on this date in 1973

From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office:

Rain will continue to move off to the east today.  Behind this activity, light drizzle and some patchy fog will exist through sunrise.

Shower and thunderstorm chances will increase through the late morning into the afternoon.  This rain will develop on the backside of the upper level wave that continues to lift east/northeast across northwestern Oklahoma and eastern Kansas today. No severe weather is expected, with the greatest potential for rainfall across north central into central Oklahoma this afternoon.

Remaining shower and thunderstorm activity will exit across eastern Oklahoma through the evening and overnight as the upper level wave finally exits the Southern Plains.


A look back at “Daily Historical Weather for April 7″ from the National Weather Service, Norman:
On April 7th and 8th, 1973, a late season snowstorm left deep snow over much of the Southern Plains.

While central Oklahoma received only a trace, parts of northwest Oklahoma were buried under 10 inches of wet snow.

The greatest snowfall report was from Fargo, in Ellis County, where 14 inches of snow was measured.

People in Fargo were still better off than many residents of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, where near blizzard conditions occurred.


And here’s a look back at rainfall totals taken from 1 a.m. Saturday morning through 1 a.m. Monday. Measurements were taken from ASOS stations and mesonet.

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Bryan Painter

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