A cold front pushes early spring snow across Pennsylvania on April Fool’s Day


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It looked like an April Fool’s Day prank.

Snow on April 1? It sounds like a joke, but it happened.

A cold front crossing the state brought snow in the early spring, with up to 4 inches building up in parts of northeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday morning.

The so-called “onion snow” started as rain late Wednesday before turning to snow after midnight as cold air moved behind it.

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The front moved across the state in a northeastern direction, leaving most of the south-central and eastern parts of the state with just flurries or rain.

A second band of winter precipitation was moving across the state late Thursday morning. Radar shows that this band breaks up or turns to rain as it reaches central Pennsylvania.

About 2 inches of snow reportedly fell at Erie International Airport around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

The South Branch reported 4.2 inches of accumulation, while areas of northeastern Pennsylvania reported 1-2 inches of snow.

What is “onion snow?”

An “onion snow” is not something that is uniquely Pennsylvanian, but the term is.

The name is believed to originate from the Dutch culture and language of Pennsylvania. It refers to a snowfall that occurs after planting spring onions, often around the time the onions are sprouting.

The snow is generally light and melts quickly and is often the last snowfall of the season.


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