March 8th, 1998 Snowstorm

On March 8th, 1998 it snowed. The heaviest snow fell in an unusual band across eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois.  A narrow strip of area didn't get much snow at all. Below you will see storm totals through 11:30 AM March 9th, 1998.

Snow Total Map

A text representation of the above map:

LOCAL STORM REPORT...SNOWFORM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
1230 PM MON MAR 9 1998

THESE ARE THE FINAL SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR THE ENTIRE SNOW EVENT WHICH BEGAN SUNDAY AND LASTED ON INTO MONDAY MORNING. TWO BANDS OF HEAVIER SNOW FELL ACROSS EASTERN IOWA AND THE NORTHWEST HALF OF ILLINOIS. THE BAND ACROSS IOWA WAS LOCATED GENERALLY ALONG AND WEST OF A FAIRFIELD...TO JUST WEST IOWA CITY...TO EAST OF CEDAR RAPIDS...TO ANAMOSA...AND TO DUBUQUE. THE BAND ACROSS WEST INTO NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS WAS LOCATED GENERALLY EAST OF A KEOKUK IOWA...TO JUST WEST OF MONMOUTH...TO EAST OF VIOLA...TO WEST OF PRINCETON ILLINOIS.

FINAL SNOWFALL REPORTS THROUGH 1130 AM...MONDAY MAR 9TH 1998

COUNTY DATA LISTED FROM GREATEST TO LEAST

12 .......... BENTON IA
9-12 .......... BUCHANAN IA
8-10 .......... DELAWARE IA
7-9 .......... DUBUQUE IA
7-9 .......... IOWA IA
6-10* .......... LINN IA
6-9 .......... HANCOCK IL
6 .......... JO DAVIESS IL
6 .......... PUTNAM IL
5-6 .......... JONES IA
5-7 .......... MCDONOUGH IL
4-6 .......... KEOKUK IA
4-6 .......... WARREN IL
3-6 .......... BUREAU IL
3-4 .......... HENDERSON IL
2.5-3 .......... JACKSON IA
2 .......... DES MOINES IA
2-4 .......... JEFFERSON IA
2-4 .......... JOHNSON IA
2-3 .......... LEE IA
2-6 .......... MERCER IL
2-6 .......... STEPHENSON IL
1-3 .......... CEDAR IA
1-1.5 .......... CLINTON IA
1-3 .......... HENRY IA
1-2 .......... SCOTT IA
1-4 .......... VAN BUREN IA
1-1.5 .......... WASHINGTON IA
1-1.3 .......... CARROLL IL
1-5 .......... HENRY IL
1-3 .......... ROCK ISLAND IL
1-2 .......... WHITESIDE IL
0.5-2 .......... LOUISA IA
0.5-1 .......... MUSCATINE IA

THE FOLLOWING COUNTY DATA LISTED IN STANDARD ORDER

BENTON IA .......... 12
BUCHANAN IA .......... 9-12
CEDAR IA .......... 1-3
CLINTON IA .......... 1-1.5
DELAWARE IA .......... 8-10
DES MOINES IA .......... 2
DUBUQUE IA .......... 7-9
HENRY IA .......... 1-3
IOWA IA .......... 7-9
JACKSON IA .......... 2.5-3
JEFFERSON IA .......... 2-4
JOHNSON IA .......... 2-4
JONES IA .......... 5-6
KEOKUK IA .......... 4-6
LEE IA .......... 2-3
LINN IA .......... 6-10*
LOUISA IA .......... 0.5-2
MUSCATINE IA .......... 0.5-1
SCOTT IA .......... 1-2
VAN BUREN IA .......... 1-4
WASHINGTON IA .......... 1-1.5
BUREAU IL .......... 3-6
CARROLL IL .......... 1-1.3
HANCOCK IL .......... 6-9
HENDERSON IL .......... 3-4
HENRY IL .......... 1-5
JO DAVIESS IL .......... 6
MCDONOUGH IL .......... 5-7
MERCER IL .......... 2-6
PUTNAM IL .......... 6
ROCK ISLAND IL .......... 1-3
STEPHENSON IL .......... 2-6
WARREN IL .......... 4-6
WHITESIDE IL .......... 1-2

THESE REPORTS COURTESY OF THE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL
WEATHER SPOTTERS. IF YOU FIND THIS INFORMATION USEFUL PLEASE PASS ALONG
YOUR THANKS TO THEM.

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The above picture shows a satellite picture taken on Monday March 9th, 1998 which shows the extent of the snow cover via the 1km visible satellite imagery. Totals were for the entire storm. The dark spot running from from west of the Quad Cities through Rockford, IL shows were it didn't snow much.

 


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