Winter finally arrives in Illinois in February
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[March 04, 2013]
CHAMPAIGN -- Temperatures were
below average and precipitation was above average during February,
indicating that winter arrived at last in Illinois, according to Jim
Angel, state climatologist, of the Illinois State Water Survey at
the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The statewide average temperature for February was 29.3 degrees,
which was 1.5 degrees below average. The statewide precipitation was
2.7 inches, which was 0.6 inches above average. The precipitation
total represented both rainfall and the water content of any snow.
Snowfall for February ranged from less than 1 inch in southern
Illinois to over 20 inches in the far northeast corner of the state.
For the core winter months of December, January and February, the
statewide temperature was 31.8 degrees, which was 2.8 degrees above
average. The statewide average precipitation was 9.1 inches, 2.2
inches above average. It was the 11th-wettest winter on record for
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Snowfall for December-February ranged from less than 10 inches in
east-central Illinois to over 20 inches in parts of far western and
northern Illinois, as well as in a band across southern Illinois.
[Text from file received from
State Water Survey]