Late-season snow covered spring plants and flowers across the Great Lakes and northeastern United States this past weekend.
A blast of unseasonably cold air caused temperatures to drop 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal across the region, which helped to generate the snow showers.
The snow, while a nuisance to some area residents hoping for more springlike weather, created quite a scene against the blooming spring flowers and green grass.
The strong May sun inhibited snow from accumulating on roadways in most areas, leading to few travel disruptions.
Accumulations on grassy surfaces were around a trace (less than a tenth of an inch of snow) in most locations.
Some of the snow was mixed with graupel, or snow pellets, which is formed when water droplets freeze onto falling snowflakes.
Fortunately for those hoping for more springlike weather, milder air is expected to return to the Northeast this week.
A few #snowflakes falling on the #flowers outside of our office. Showers will produce rain, snow & gaupel this PM. pic.twitter.com/gXITDbUmaj— NWS BUFFALO (@NWSBUFFALO) May 15, 2016
It was winterlike day at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire.
#winter has returned to the summit this morning where it is #snowing. #nhwx #snow #newhamp... https://t.co/9buwbEfm5G pic.twitter.com/xa6TwaBXKG— MWObservatory (@MWObs) May 15, 2016
Runners at the Cleveland Marathon dealt with unseasonably cold temperatures and snow during the race.
By far the worst running conditions ever at the #ClevelandMarathon this morning. But it was fun! pic.twitter.com/EJ034g9K4S— Laura (@LCThorn) May 15, 2016
#Snow this AM in northeast Ohio! Novelty(Geauga Co) Via FB/Amanda Hart @IndraPetersons @RobMarciano @Wx_Max @SamWnek pic.twitter.com/qlIdQotPRr— Dan Peck (@danpeckwx) May 15, 2016
Snow did not fall heavily enough in most areas to coat roads, but some locations around the Great Lakes had to contend with a few slippery spots.
Intervals of sunshine and blue sky were common in between showers.
Graupel/rain shower departing #StateCollege over Mt. Nittany #pawx pic.twitter.com/bqmGmDgKFF— Steve Seman (@SteveSeman) May 15, 2016