7th Warmest, and 11th Wettest Winter on Record in Illinois

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Illinois-This was a winter of extremes across the state with flooding rains in December to above average temperatures, along with a blizzard at the end of February. According to State Climatologist Jim Angel, the core months of winter December, January and February ranked as the 7th warmest and 11th wettest on record in Illinois.

In February, the statewide temperature was 33.2 degree which is 2.3 degree above normal. Precipitation was on the lower end with 1.38" average statewide falling -.68" below normal. 

Statewide winter stats:

 December/January/February temperatures averaged 33.5 degrees that is +4.4 degrees above average, ranking 7th warmest.

December/January/February precipitation averaged 8.94" inched that is 2.12" above normal, ranking 11th wettest.

Angel also says most of the state is running below normal when it comes to snowfall with some areas down almost 50%.The exception is across extreme southeastern Illinois where some places have seen 150% to 175% of normal snowfall. There is one area from Chicago to St. Louis that has seen near normal snowfall this winter running from 75% to nearly 100% of normal accumulations. For more information you can visit the state climatology office website: http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/atmos/statecli/

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