Friday's wintry mix extends Buffalo's 138-year streak of April snowfall

It has snowed at least a trace in April in every year Buffalo has kept records, dating back to 1884.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It was a chilly, raw day in Buffalo with a wintry mix of rain and snow that gave anything but a sign that spring was on the way.

But it shouldn't have come as a shock to those who live in Buffalo. Because it always snows in April there.


The reported snowfall on April 1 at Buffalo's airport marks the 138th-consecutive year with observed snowfall in April in the city.

The streak could be longer, but records "only" date back to 1884.

The snowiest April was in 1975 when 15" fell in the month.

But don't think April is the end of their wintry bouts. In 57 of the 138 years of records, Buffalo has reported at least a trace of snow in May.  Seven of those Mays accumulated more than 1 inch, with 1989 bringing 7.9 inches of snow to the city that month.