Billings sets new record low Wednesday

2013-04-17T16:34:00Z 2013-04-17T21:09:05Z Billings sets new record low WednesdayBy LORNA THACKERAY The Billings Gazette

The wintry spring of 2013 got a little colder Wednesday with a new record-low temperature for the day.

Bottoming out at 16 degrees, Billings clipped the old April 17 record low of 17 degrees set in 1964.

April has been a disappointingly cold month so far. Mean temperature for the month is just 39 degrees — 5.1 degrees below average.

While it has been cloudy and cold, the weather hasn't been especially wet. Total precipitation for the month is .74 inch, just .09 inch below normal. But for the year to date the moisture deficit is nearly an inch.

While parts of the state were buried in snow Tuesday and Wednesday, the Billings area saw between a trace and .2 inch of snow.

The heaviest amounts fell in Carbon County with totals near Red Lodge of 12 to 15 inches. Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties saw between 5 and 9 inches in some areas. 

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