The late-season snowfall 80 years ago on April 5-6, 1938
I was born on April 7, 1938, on Chicago’s Northwest Side, and have always been told there was a lot of snow on my birthday? Is that true?
— Ralph Kolderup, Palatine
Happy 80th birthday. Actually, there was only a trace of snow on your birthday, but it was sandwiched between two large late-season snowfalls that combined to make April 1938 the city’s snowiest April on record. Snow began late in the evening April 5 and continued through early evening April 6, dumping a record 9.1-inch snowfall for so late in the season. While just trace flurries fell on your birthday, the city was hit by another 4.5 inches of snow April 8. The heavy, wet snow made travel nearly impossible, closing many area roads and halting air traffic. During the storm, the gravel boat Sumatra rammed the Lake Street bridge, which failed to lift due to a heavy coating of ice and snow