For the first time since written weather history began in Arkansas (1819), snow has fallen in the month of May. This snow has set records for the latest snowfall and latest measurable snowfall in the state.
The previous latest snowfall ever recorded was on April 30, 1903 at Harrison, Gravette and Fayetteville. This was not measurable.
The previous latest measurable snowfall was 0.2 inches at Corning on April 24, 1910.
Below is a list of snowfall measurements from National Weather Service cooperative observer stations through specified times on Friday morning.
Fayetteville experiment station, 1.5 inches, 7 a.m.
Compton, 1 inch, 10 a.m.
Hindsville, 1 inch, 6:40 a.m.
Winslow, 1 inch, 7 a.m.
Kingston, 0.2 inch, 7 a.m.
Traces of snow were also recorded in Harrison, Jasper, Omaha, Parthenon and Ratcliff.
Record cold high temperatures have been seen at a number of stations. At the locations listed below, the calendar day high temperature for May 3 was the coldest ever recorded for the month of May.
Locations, Friday’s temperature and previous record lows for May 3 include the following.
Batesville airport, 45/45.
North Little Rock, 48/50.
Little Rock, 52/52.
Pine Bluff, 52/56.
Stuttgart airport, 52/52.
Record daily low temperatures were seen at a number of locations as well. Some of these temperatures also ended up being the coldest temperatures ever recorded in the month of May.
Stations, new record lows and the previous record include:
Little Rock, 38/41.
Hot Springs, 39/41.
Pine Bluff, 40/41.