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)
January 1979 was one of the snowiest months on record in parts of central Illinois. Snowfall totals for the month included 31.5 inches in Paris, 25.8 inches in Charleston, 25 inches in Decatur, 24.7 inches in Peoria, 24.6 inches in Bloomington, and 20 inches at Hillsboro.