CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The adage goes “April showers bring May flowers,” but this spring the April showers were as much snow as they were rain in many parts of West Virginia.

“The western part of the state was about five degrees below normal and as you get over to the eastern mountains they were about three degrees below normal,” said Meteorologist Kevin McGrath at the National Weather Service Charleston Bureau. “That was mainly because we had the cold fronts dropping down from the northwest across the Ohio Valley and the colder air centered over Ohio and western West Virginia.”

Records indicate the average temperatures for Beckley, Elkins, and Clarksburg was about three degrees below normal for the month. The average temperature during April in Charleston, Parkersburg, and Huntington was around five degrees below normal.

“We’re in a cold pattern and it was almost a winter like pattern,” said McGrath.

The lower average temperatures has put the greening up of the state’s woodlands behind as well.

“A lot of the leaf foliage we normally see at this time of year hasn’t come out yet,” McGrath said. “We’re running about two weeks behind.”

McGrath expects that process will quickly get caught up as May arrives. Temperatures for the month are expected to increase to more seasonal averages. McGrath noted while it will be warmer, temperatures on average in West Virginia will remain mild and comfortable for the month of May.


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