December 1, 2006 - Snowstorm Blankets Region

A vigorous winter storm system  lifted out of the southern plains and across the midwest during the evening of November 30th and continued into midday on December 1st.  In the local area, precipitation began as sleet in some areas during the evening, and changed over to snow around and after midnight.

Some locations experienced thunder-snow, which added to the varied accumulations.  In the local area, Princeton, Illinois reported the highest amounts with numerous reports of 15 to 16 inches and one spotter north of town measuring 18 inches.  

Graphic of area snowfall totals showing the highest amounts over north central Illinois.

Satellite picture from midday on 12/1/06 showing the sharp back edge of where the snow fell.  (Satellite image courtesy NCAR.)

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Area Snowfall Totals

Our thanks to the spotters, observers,and public officials for their efforts in providing these reports.

          INCHES   LOCATION                  ST  COUNTY
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            18.0   1 N PRINCETON             IL  BUREAU
            15.0   5 SW DEPUE                IL  BUREAU
            14.0   HENNEPIN                  IL  PUTNAM
            13.5   KEWANEE                   IL  HENRY
            12.0   MC NABB                   IL  PUTNAM
            12.0   AUGUSTA                   IL  HANCOCK
            12.0   1 N MACOMB                IL  MCDONOUGH
            11.5   WARSAW                    IL  HANCOCK
            11.5   STERLING                  IL  WHITESIDE
            11.0   MONMOUTH                  IL  WARREN
            11.0   LAKE SUMMERSET            IL  STEPHENSON
            11.0   ADAIR                     IL  MCDONOUGH
            11.0   CAMBRIDGE                 IL  HENRY
            10.5   COLONA                    IL  HENRY
            10.5   NAUVOO                    IL  HANCOCK
            10.0   ERIE                      IL  WHITESIDE
            10.0   2 N NEW WINDSOR           IL  MERCER
            10.0   2 SSW MACOMB              IL  MCDONOUGH
            10.0   7 N STERLING              IL  WHITESIDE
            9.5    WOODHULL                  IL  HENRY
            9.3    1 SW COLCHESTER           IL  MCDONOUGH
            9.0    MORRISON                  IL  WHITESIDE
            9.0    2 NNW MACOMB              IL  MCDONOUGH
            9.0    FORT MADISON              IA  LEE
            9.0    KEOKUK                    IA  LEE
            9.0    KIRKWOOD                  IL  WARREN
            8.5    1 N LE CLAIRE             IA  SCOTT
            8.5    PROPHETSTOWN              IL  WHITESIDE
            8.3**  MOLINE                    IL  ROCK ISLAND
            8.0    MACOMB                    IL  MCDONOUGH
            8.0    LE CLAIRE                 IA  SCOTT
            8.0    ALEDO                     IL  MERCER
            7.5    2 SSW BETTENDORF          IA  SCOTT
            7.5    1 N FORT MADISON          IA  LEE
            7.3    CORDOVA                   IL  ROCK ISLAND
            7.0    MEDIAPOLIS                IA  DES MOINES
            7.0    GOOD HOPE                 IL  MCDONOUGH
            7.0**  BURLINGTON                IA  DES MOINES
            7.0    2 W RUTLEDGE              MO  SCOTLAND
            7.0    STRONGHURST               IL  HENDERSON
            7.0    LA HARPE                  IL  HANCOCK
            6.5    ANDALUSIA                 IL  ROCK ISLAND
            6.0    FREEPORT                  IL  STEPHENSON
            6.0    DALLAS CITY               IL  HANCOCK
            6.0    3 NNE CHARLIE HEATH MEM   MO  CLARK
            5.5    NEW LONDON                IA  HENRY
            5.0    CLINTON                   IA  CLINTON
            5.0    DAVENPORT                 IA  SCOTT
            4.0    5 SSW MOUNT CARROLL       IL  CARROLL
            3.3    MEMPHIS                   MO  SCOTLAND
            3.0    GRANGER                   MO  SCOTLAND
            2.0    THOMSON                   IL  CARROLL
            1.0    5 SW ELIZABETH            IL  JO DAVIESS
            1.0    ILLINOIS CITY             IL  ROCK ISLAND   
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