Coldest Late March Morning Without Snow Pack In 17 YearsMarch 21st, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
NOTE: New model data is not even totally in yet as of 5:06 p.m. I will have no new updates on potential snowfall until new data is in soon.
It was a brutally cold morning by late March standards. Lows ranged from 12 to 15 degrees. However, no records were set. Nearly every record low temperature for March 21 dates back to 1960. West Lafayette dropped to 7 degrees on this date in 1960.
The last time it was this cold so late in the season was March 27, 2002 with 10 degrees. However, there was also a snow depth of 7″. Prior to that date, March 23, 1996 had a temperature as cold after March 18 with 12 degrees, but there was 1″ of snow on the ground.
The last time it was this cold without any snow on the ground was March 27, 1996, when the low temperature was 13 degrees.
Cumulus have bubbled up with some cirrus in our eastern half, but the western half is largely sunny. Amazingly, even with strong late March sun angle & the sun, temperatures are struggling to get to 32 degrees.