Severe damage occurred in Washington (Tazewell County) due to a violent EF-4 tornado which occurred on Sunday morning, November 17. Several tornadoes touched down across central Illinois that day, as part of a large severe weather outbreak across the Midwest. (click image to enlarge)
A major winter storm brought significant snow and ice accumulations to all of southern Illinois, beginning the morning of the 4th and continuing into the morning of the 5th. The precipitation was mostly snow, except in counties bordering the Ohio River, where the snow changed to an extended period of freezing rain. Ice accumulations were around 1/4 inch from Cairo to Metropolis and Golconda. Snow accumulations across southern Illinois were generally 6 to 8 inches. Travel was heavily impacted by the winter storm. Numerous vehicle accidents occurred. Schools were closed for the remainder of the week in some counties. The winter storm began during the early morning hours and ended late the following night.