Snow Falls in Northwest Arkansas in May (Again)
Snow fell in Northwest Arkansas for the second consecutive day in May.
Saturday commuters saw a wintery mix between rain, sleet and snow. There weren’t any snow accumulations in Fayetteville. However, according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, an area near Winslow measured almost two inches of snowfall.
Despite the chilly temperatures in the 30s, farmers and vendors displayed their produce and art at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market.
Dave Maul grows certified organic greens and traveled 65 miles from the area near Ponca.
“I just gave up trying to predict anything,” Maul said.
The weather affects most farmers and their way of life. Maul said he had make sure his plants survived.
“I covered them up with two layers of rope cover and a little tunnel,” Maul said. “I’m hoping they pull through.”
People bundled up and were equipped with umbrellas.
Paul O’Neill displayed his artwork. He’s been artist for almost four decades.
“Part of being here is you are here rain or shine,” Maul said.
O’Neill drove from the Eureka Springs area and he said he was surprised.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in May and when we drove over here it was almost a white out,” O’Neill said. “I hadn’t seen anything like this since I lived in New England,”
For the market and the rest of the city, it was a rare sight with Spring flowers in bloom in the midst of snow.
Mac Childs, who lives in Wheeler, said he’s ready for this trend to be over.
“It’s interesting,” Childs said. “I like a change and this is a change so it’s fun, but I’m ready for warm weather.”
Janet Thibodaux, traveled from Searcy, and bought fresh eggs at the Farmer’s Market.
She said she doesn’t mind the winter weather during this unusual Spring.
“You just make your plans and go with it, the weather isn’t going to stop us,” Thibodaux said. “I think it’s so nice being out here in this.”
According to the Fayetteville police department, there was one weather-related accident where a car hydroplaned in the Wal-Mart parking lot near the mall. However, there weren’t any injuries.
The Arkansas State Police didn’t report any weather-related accidents.