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Hail, Thunder And Snow In The Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2012

Not a lot of snow fell Friday but when it was coming down it was intense.

A National Weather Service spotter in Princeton measured two inches.  The snow came mid-afternoon and lasted only an hour or so.

In La Salle County, “thundersnow” was reported in Mendota.  In Marseilles and Ottawa, the weather service says there was about 15 minutes of hail before it switched over to heavy snow.

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This Winter One Of The Warmest In State History

Posted by wlpo on March 3, 2012

This winter has been the third warmest on record for Illinois, with the average temperature being 5 degrees above normal.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature from December through February was 34.2 degrees. The warmest winter on record was during 1931-1932, at 37.1 degrees. This winter in Illinois also had few days with below zero temperatures. The coldest readings were -6 at Elizabeth and Galena in the northwest.

Precipitation was close to normal, but much of it fell as rain. Snowfall totals were as much as 75 percent less than normal in
northern Illinois and 25 to 50 percent less than normal in central and southern Illinois.

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