April Snow Showers?

Snow fell and was sticking to this Lilac Bush on Sunday, April 24, 2005, in Watauga, Tenn. AP

A rare spring snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and Appalachians, making for a strange scene in one Columbus neighborhood when automatic sprinklers spit water over shrubs that were already blanketed by snow.

"We've been kind of spoiled because the weather was so nice last weekend," said Tina Adams, 37, of Chardon, who played board games with her three children. "The kids got to go outside, play baseball and now we're stuck inside again. It's like the seasons have reversed."

"Surprising when I woke up and saw it. I was getting ready for church and actually had out sandals and a dress to go to church," Nicole Watson told CBS affiliate WTOL in Toledo.

The two-day storm brought temperatures 25 degrees below the normal of around 60 as snow fell across parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

In Indiana, a truck went out of control on a bridge on Interstate 70 that was made slick by the snowfall, killing the 40-year-old driver, police said. "I'm sure it was the weather conditions," said Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Williams.

By Sunday evening, a foot of snow had fallen in eastern Michigan and 10 to 13 inches were reported in Detroit's northern suburbs, said meteorologist Greg Smith of the National Weather Service. Snow continued falling early Monday along a long swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The weakened storm system inched toward the Northeast and Great Lakes on Monday, and any snowfall accumulations were expected to be light. In Ohio, where the southern and eastern suburbs of Cleveland received 14 inches of snow, rain showers were the biggest threat, the Weather Service said.

"This weather sucks," Bilar Castro of Cleveland suburb Shaker Heights told CBS affiliate WOIO.

"I think it's a beautiful day — for December," added Shirley Sistrunk.
  • Francie Grace

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