This snow storm would have been significant in January, let alone mid-late April. The worst of it occurred from the night-time hours of April 15-16 after falling temperatures to 37-41 the day before. At 1 a.m. on April 15, we were in the mid 50s, showing the incredible change in the weather at the time. Chicago was 55 at 1 a.m. on April 15!
Even at the height of the storm, temperatures were 31-32, so it was a very heavy, wet, gloppy snow that was just plasted unto trees. Power outages from the wet snow & very strong winds were widespead.
Howling winds & zero visibility accompanied the driving heavy snow, which closed roads & left thousands stranded.
Winds gusted to 50 mph & drifts were piled 5-10 FEET high.
I would be interested in any of your accounts of this snow storm.
Generally, a 5-9″ snow occurred over much of the area, but totals were less in the southern counties.
April 16, 1870, 3″ of snow fell at Rensselaer & 6″ at Lafayette, followed by a complete change with very, very warm, dry weather the rest of April. 16 of the 31 days of May were in the 90s!
This began a period of significant drought in our region 1870-1872.
April 23, 1910, 2.2″ of snow fell in West Lafayette after one of the warmest Marches on record. The temperature of 87 in March was not equaled unil 2012, with 87.
April 17, 1926, 6.5″ snow fell at Lafayette from noon to evening. It reportedly broke many branches & downed powerlines due the rate at which it fell & the heavy, wet, gloppy nature of it.
People commented that it would’ve been 12″ if not for the warm ground, given the rate at which it fell with very large flakes. Temperatures fell into the mid 20s the night after the snowfall.