Each year, Illinois averages five major winter storms which have
millions of dollars in impacts and results in more than 27,000
vehicle crashes with more than 4,300 injuries and nearly 50
Now, before that first big storm hits, not when it is on its way, or
already here, is the time to prepare.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln is providing information
about winter weather hazards as well as how to prepare yourself,
your family, vehicles, and home for what may lay ahead.
According to Chris Miller of the Lincoln NWS, this winter is
predicted to be colder and with more winter storms than last year,
so plan early, and stay safe this winter.
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Winter Weather Trivia and Facts
The coldest temperature on
record in the state occurred on January 5, 1999 when the mercury
dipped to -36 °F near Congerville in Woodford County.
snow and ice covered roads result in an average of 27,900 vehicle
crashes each year.
The average liquid water to snow ratio in central IL is 13:1.
(This means, on average, there are 13.0” of snow for every 1.00” of
liquid / melted snow)
Locations from just south of Quincy, through
Lincoln, to Watseka experience more freezing rain and ice storms
than any other part of the state, on average.
Read the entire NWS Fact Sheet
[Chris Miller, National Weather
Service - Lincoln]