Snow rollers were observed across a large part of central Illinois on February 17, after wet snow was blown around by northwest winds. These snow rollers were photographed next to our office. (click image to enlarge)
Heavy snow fell across southern Illinois, with 4 to 12 inches being reported. The heaviest snow fell along the Ohio River. Some older barns and homes suffered roof damage due to the weight of the snow.
A winter storm moved into Illinois, producing heavy snow on the 8th and 9th across northern and central parts of the state. The heaviest snow was 11 inches in Havana, with 9.3 inches in Virginia. Heavy snow of 9 inches also fell in Galesburg and South Pekin, with 8 inches in Bradford.A swath of 9 to 12 inches of snow also occurred near I-80 in northwest Illinois. Winds gusting to 30 to 40 mph caused local whiteout conditions.
High gradient winds of 40 to 50 mph occurred across much of Illinois. A measured gust of 87 mph was reported by an observer in Arcola, in Douglas County. Other measured gusts included 65 mph in Galesburg, 62 mph in Tremont (Tazewell County), 61 mph in Oblong (Crawford County), and 58 mph at Lincoln. Three people were killed in downtown Chicago, when a piece of scaffolding was blown off the John Hancock Center, falling 40 stories and crushing two cars.