Above-normal temperatures in January spanned the state and
the eastern half of the U.S.
The statewide average precipitation for the month was 2.16
inches, 0.09 inches above normal. In general, the eastern and
northern parts of the state were wet, and the west and south
were drier than normal.
Snowfall in January was almost non-existent in Illinois, falling
less than 1 inch in many locations, and well below normal
The Climate Prediction Center predicts an increased chance of
above-normal temperatures in February. For the most part,
Illinois has equal chances of above, below, or near-normal
precipitation in February. The short-term forecasts out to 14
days suggest wetter than normal conditions. Itís not clear if
that will translate into more snow or just more rain if it is
accompanied by mild temperatures.
[Lisa A. Sheppard]
The Illinois State Water Survey at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of
the Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in
Illinois concerned with water and atmospheric resources.