Much colder temperatures bring the possibility of snow beginning late tonight and into Tuesday. Accumulations are expected to be light and mostly confined to grassy areas, but be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses and ramps. #ilwxpic.twitter.com/ristHafAHM
* The Question: Your “best” spring snowfall memories?
- Posted by Rich Miller
- lake county democrat - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 12:49 pm:
Not local: long ago, sometime early May, I was driving to Seattle to visit a friend and took some extra time off to drive through Yellowstone. Freak snow storm closed the park the day after I arrived (got one tantalizing peek about a half mine in before hitting a closed gate), forcing a long, boring detour around southern Wyoming and into Idaho.
- Bruce( no not him) - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 12:52 pm:
My best April snowfall memory was in 2018. I was in Arizona at the time the Easter snow fell. And melted by the tine we returned. The best snow is no snow.
I barely remember this (although I was in preschool at the time), but the early April 1982 winter storm (ca. Apr. 6, 1982) with several inches of snow at least in northern and western Illinios. Caused school closings.
About a foot of snow in western and north-central Illinois on Apr. 10, 1997. While Springfield had nothing. In college in the storm area at that time, it was surreal. Storm hit on Thursday, took until at least the following Sunday or Monday to melt.
Mar. 21, 2006. Six inches of wet snow in Springfield, occuring only 9 days after the twin F2 tornadoes. Further complicating recovery efforts.
Easter 2018 (Apr. 1, 2018). Thin area of heavy snow about 40 miles either side of Route 136. Including about a foot of snow in at least southern Tazewell County and near Lincoln. While little or no snow (other than flurries) north of I-74 in the Peoria area, and south of I-72 in the Springfield area. Big dropoff in snow amounts between Sherman and Chatham that day. Followed by frigid temperatures (maybe below zero lows in the Lincoln area).
Back in the 1970’s I was teaching in a smaller district in McLean County. We used so many built in snow days one year that our Easter Break was shortened by two days so we wouldn’t tack on any more make up days at the end of the year.
Sure enough, there was snow on those early April days. We didn’t close but it felt like Mother Nature was having a great time thumbing her nose at us.
May 1989, graduated from a university in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Packed up the car before the commencement ceremony, excited to hear the commencement speaker - Rosa Parks. Came out of the arena afterwards, ready for the long drive back to Illinois and was met with big, puffy flakes. Interesting ride home to say the least.
==We went 11 days without electricity. The storm caused millions in damage in the Springfield area. None of us could see it without power, but Springfield made the national news at least we heard that.==
I’ve heard some stories that some rural areas and individual households lost electricity for even at least a month after the ‘78 ice storm, is that true?
And the ‘78 ice storm toppled two TV transmitting towers. One of the then-defunct WJJY-TV (Channel 14) in Jacksonville (tower near Bluffs), as well as the one for WAND-17 near Argenta.
In 2012 we had several days in both Jan and March that hit in the 70s and 80s. It got so warm so fast in March, that I had a Copper Underwing caterpillar get to the size in these pics on bugwood ( https://bugguide.net/node/view/13299) right before we had a 2-3 inch snowstorm in April.
I can’t really call it a “memory”, but my Mom loved telling the story of my birthday on April 22, 1967 during a snow storm after surviving the January storm that still holds the Chicago record for the most snow. She would tell people she should have known what she was in for. (Also, agree with OW. Plenty of Cubs/Sox home openers in the snow)
Didn’t happen here, but when we lived in northern NJ in the ’80s. We lived up a hill on a single lane road and the neighbor down hill was paid to snow plow us when he plowed to get himself out. Got an unusual middle April snow storm (pretty much an average level event by Chicago standards) and we waited and waited for Lou to show up to plow. Finally we called and his wife Marge said, “OMG we never dreamed either of you’d try to drive to work today. The roads are terrible. “
Too long a story to tell, but it involved three canceled flights from the backwaters of Virginia to Chicago, complete with a whistle stop in Charlottesville to pick up skiers. Yes, they carried their skis on board. Amazingly, we made it to O’Hare that day. Really late.
== can’t really call it a “memory”, but my Mom loved telling the story of my birthday on April 22, 1967 during a snow storm after surviving the January storm that still holds the Chicago record for the most snow.==
That storm came one day after the devastating tornado outbreak that included the F4 tornadoes in Belvidere and Oak Lawn.
coaching my son’s little league team at a practice when it was snowing. the parents all wanted to leave but the players were having too much fun so we kept practicing. it was pure fun.
- iroquois county dem - Monday, Apr 19, 21 @ 4:50 pm:
I’m showing my age but April 17 1961 I remember it because it was my moms birthday we had 6 inches of heavy snow we were at my grandparents house which was 5 miles from town and got stuck 3 times on the way home