Snowfall during December was a small fraction of what normally is observed. The map above shows the percent of normal accumulated snowfall. Snowfall was less than 25% of normal across the area, and some locations only saw flurries occur. (click image to enlarge)
A tornado struck Momence, in Kankakee County. A concrete block store was destroyed, and other buildings were damaged, on the southeast side of town. A 20 foot long steel beam was driven into the ground.
This was the last day of a 28 day period where Springfield had high temperatures of 32 degrees or below. By the time the month ended, the city saw new records established for monthly snowfall (21.7 inches) and average January temperature (10.3 degrees).