May snow and cold break records across Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the May snowfall and cold temperatures broke records more than a century old in Arkansas, including one dating to the 1800s.

The weather service said Sunday that the May 3 and 4 snow is the first time in records dating to 1819 that snow has fallen in May in the state. The previous latest snowfall in the state was April 30, 1903.

Friday and Saturday's snow ranged from trace amounts at Gilbert, Jasper, Mount Ida, Mountain View, Parthenon and Ratcliff to 5 inches at Decatur.

The coldest daytime high was 37 degrees in Lead Hill to break a record set in 1935 and tied in 2009. A 40 degree daytime high Saturday in Hardy broke the record of 50 degrees set in 1899.