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Tree branches are seen in frozen rain in Sioux City in this March 16 file photo.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY --  If the weather forecast proves to be accurate, Sioux City may break a 21-year record for having the second snowiest April, according to Brad Adams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

"After last Saturday's blizzard, the Sioux City airport has 5½ inches of snow on the ground," he said on Monday morning. "If you add the 5 to 7 inches of snow we are forecasting for Wednesday, that will put the total at 11.5 inches of snow, surpassing the 11.2 inches of snow Sioux City had on the ground in April 1997."

Wait, we're getting more snow?

Adams said Monday and Tuesday's sunny skies and 40-degree daytime highs will be gone by Tuesday night. That's when a new storm system will bring sleet and then snow during the overnight hours.

By the time you wake up on Wednesday, expect to see around 2 inches of new snow. During the course of the day, parts of Siouxland can see as much as 8 inches of the white stuff piling up.

"Yes, we are entering rarefied territory with this late-in-the-season snow," Adams said, adding that Sioux Falls, Huron and Mitchell have already broken April snowfall records.

However, things will ricochet quite rapidly as the forecast for Thursday and Friday calls for sunny skies and highs in the 40s.

The next chance for precipitation will occur on Saturday. Since the day's high will be near 50, the precipitation will be in the form of rainfall.

Not that we want to break any more records but what is the most snow ever reported for Sioux City in April?

"Sioux City had a total of 23 inches of snow in April 1913," Adams said. "I'm pretty certain that this record will stay put for another year."     

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