Palm Sunday Snowstorm of March 24, 2013

Event reviews from neighboring areas:


Overview:

A major snowstorm struck central Illinois on Sunday, March 24th, bringing significant snow accumulations to much of the area. The precipitation began during the night of March 23rd as a mixture of light rain and snow, but quickly changed over to all snow by Sunday morning. Several rounds of moderate to heavy snow occurred during the day Sunday, with many locations reporting thunderstorms with the snow as well. Due to the convective nature of this event, impressive snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour were observed at times. While all of central and southeast Illinois picked up significant snowfall, the highest totals of 10 to 18 inches were concentrated between the I-72 and I-70 corridors. The top amounts were observed across portions of Sangamon and Christian counties. Further north and south, snowfall amounts steadily decreased, with 4 to 5 inches across Stark and Marshall counties, and only 1 to 3 inches across Richland and Lawrence counties in southeast Illinois.

Snowfall Maps:

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Area snowfall totals through Monday, March 25 Map of specific observed snowfall totals

Overview of snow totals across Illinois and adjacent areas

Specific observations for central and southeast Illinois


Information on Records:

These observations are considered preliminary, until certified by the National Climatic Data Center.

Location Element Observed Total
and Record Rank
Old Record
Decatur 24-Hour Snowfall 13.0 inches (tied for 2nd place) 13.5 inches on 3/19/1906
Jacksonville 24-Hour Snowfall 9.0 inches (tied 8th place) 12.0 inches on 2/28/1900 and 2/2/2011
Pana 24-Hour Snowfall 13.8 inches (1st place) 11.1 inches on 3/8/1978
Springfield 24-Hour Snowfall 17.4 inches (1st place) 15.0 inches on 2/28/1900
Springfield Snow Depth 16 inches (tied 1st place) 16 inches on 1/14-18/1918 and 3/8/1978
Taylorville 24-Hour Snowfall 17.7 inches (1st place) 13.0 inches on 1/15/1968
Tuscola 24-Hour Snowfall 13.0 inches (4th place) 15.0 inches on 1/31/1982
Urbana 24-Hour Snowfall 11.5 inches (2nd place) 14.0 inches on 3/20/1906
Winchester 24-Hour Snowfall 13.0 inches (tied 2nd place) 18.0 inches on 2/2/2011


Specific Snowfall Observations:

These are the total snowfall amounts reported by area observers.  Official stations are listed in the left column.  These observations are considered preliminary, until certified by the National Climatic Data Center. 

Official Cooperative Observer Snow Totals
(preliminary data, subject to certification by the 
National Climatic Data Center)

Mesonet Snow Totals (unofficial data) 
Sources:  Signficant Weather Observer Program (SWOP), CoCoRaHS, Law Enforcement, Public

INCHES LOCATION               COUNTY
------ ---------------------- ------
18.5   SPRINGFIELD            SANGAMON
18.5   2 SW TAYLORVILLE       CHRISTIAN
17.1   SHERMAN                SANGAMON
16.0   PANA                   CHRISTIAN
15.0   2 N ATHENS             DOUGLAS
15.0   LAKE SPRINGFIELD       SANGAMON
14.2   WINCHESTER             SCOTT
13.1   TUSCOLA                DOUGLAS
13.0   DECATUR SEWAGE PLANT   MACON
12.5   FISHER                 CHAMPAIGN
12.2   HAVANA                 MASON
12.2   JACKSONVILLE           MORGAN
11.8   LINCOLN (NWS)          LOGAN
11.4   BUFFALO                SANGAMON
11.3   4 SSW URBANA           CHAMPAIGN
11.2   OGDEN                  CHAMPAIGN
11.0   2 E JACKSONVILLE       MORGAN
11.0   MOUNT PULASKI          LOGAN
11.0   PHILO                  CHAMPAIGN
10.7   1 N MACKINAW           TAZEWELL
10.3   3 W KINCAID            CHRISTIAN
10.0   3 S SULLIVAN           MOULTRIE
10.0   BEARDSTOWN             CASS
10.0   MORRISONVILLE          CHRISTIAN
10.0   VIRGINIA               CASS
9.9    4 NW NEOGA             SHELBY
9.9    BLOOMINGTON WATERWORKS MCLEAN
9.8    BEECHER CITY           EFFINGHAM
9.2    WINDSOR                SHELBY
9.0    4 NE RUSHVILLE         SCHUYLER
8.7    NEOGA                  CUMBERLAND
8.0    MATTOON SEWAGE PLANT   COLES
8.9    LOVINGTON              MOULTRIE
8.5    2 S MOWEAQUA           SHELBY
8.5    3 SW EFFINGHAM         EFFINGHAM
8.5    HOOPESTON              VERMILION
8.3    ST. DAVID              FULTON
8.0    1 W ARTHUR             MOULTRIE
8.0    2 S STANFORD           MCLEAN
8.0    3 W FARMER CITY        DE WITT
8.0    4 NE NORMAL            MCLEAN
8.0    DANVILLE               VERMILION
7.7    MORTON                 TAZEWELL
7.6    PEORIA                 PEORIA
7.0    EFFINGHAM SEWAGE PLANT EFFINGHAM
7.0    PARIS                  EDGAR
6.8    ALTONA                 KNOX
6.5    ROANOKE                WOODFORD
6.5    SHELBYVILLE DAM        SHELBY
6.3    NEWTON                 JASPER
6.0    CASEY                  CLARK
5.9    5 W BLOOMINGTON        MCLEAN
5.5    2 SW CAMP GROVE        STARK
5.4    5 NW PEORIA            PEORIA
5.3    1 NE DAHINDA           KNOX
5.0    GALESBURG              KNOX
4.7    EUREKA                 WOODFORD
4.5    HUTSONVILLE            CRAWFORD
4.5    TOULON                 STARK
4.0    6 SSE CLAY CITY        CLAY
3.9    SPARLAND               MARSHALL
3.8    LACON                  MARSHALL
3.7    3 SW HIDALGO           JASPER
3.2    2 S OLNEY              RICHLAND
3.0    10 S MARTINSVILLE      CLARK
2.6    LACON                  MARSHALL
2.1    TRIMBLE                CRAWFORD
2.0    PALESTINE              CRAWFORD
2.0    LAWRENCEVILLE          LAWRENCE

INCHES LOCATION               COUNTY        SOURCE
------ ---------------------- ------        -------
17.0   WILLIAMSVILLE          SANGAMON      PUBLIC
16.1   1 SW JEROME            SANGAMON      SWOP
16.0   6 E BERLIN             SANGAMON      COCORAHS
15.6   3 S GREENVIEW          MENARD        SWOP
15.5   8 E PETERSBURG         MENARD        SWOP
15.5   MURRAYVILLE            MORGAN        SWOP
15.5   RIVERTON               SANGAMON      SWOP
15.5   LONG CREEK             MACON         SWOP
15.3   8 W PETERSBURG         CASS          COCORAHS
15.0   1 SW WOODSON           MORGAN        SWOP
14.9   1 NNW LINCOLN          LOGAN         COCORAHS
14.8   PETERSBURG             MENARD        SWOP
14.0   2 S PHILADELPHIA       CASS          SWOP
13.5   2 E TAYLORVILLE        CHRISTIAN     SWOP
13.5   2 E CHATHAM            SANGAMON      SWOP
13.5   6 NNE MONTICELLO       PIATT         COCORAHS
13.5   ASHLAND                CASS          SWOP
13.4   ELKHART                LOGAN         SWOP
13.3   1 SSE LINCOLN          LOGAN         COCORAHS
13.0   2 E URBANA             CHAMPAIGN     SWOP
12.5   MATTOON                COLES         SWOP
12.5   MOUNT ZION             MACON         SWOP
12.3   2 SSE CHAMPAIGN        CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
12.0   4 NW WINDSOR           SHELBY        SWOP
12.0   BOODY                  MACON         SWOP
12.0   2 E DECATUR            MACON         SWOP
11.9   1 N PETERSBURG         MENARD        COCORAHS
11.6   7 N EFFINGHAM          SHELBY        COCORAHS
11.5   FARMER CITY            DE WITT       COCORAHS
11.3   DANVILLE               VERMILION     SWOP
11.3   MANSFIELD              PIATT         COCORAHS
11.2   BROCTON                EDGAR         SWOP
11.0   BEARDSTOWN             CASS          SWOP
11.0   NEOGA                  CUMBERLAND    SWOP
11.0   NEW HOLLAND            LOGAN         COCORAHS
11.0   4 NW MODE              SHELBY        COCORAHS
10.7   2 N HOMER              CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
10.5   1 N SIDNEY             CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
10.5   1 S CHARLESTON         COLES         COCORAHS
10.5   2 NNE MAHOMET          CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
10.5   3 S CHAMPAIGN          CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
10.5   4 ESE URBANA           CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
10.3   9 NW DANVILLE          VERMILION     COCORAHS
10.0   4 ESE FINDLAY          SHELBY        SWOP
9.9    2 NE NEOGA             CUMBERLAND    SWOP
9.5    2 E BLOOMINGTON        MCLEAN        SWOP
9.5    3 NE BLOOMINGTON       MCLEAN        SWOP
9.4    1 N SAVOY              CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
9.3    2 NE CISCO             PIATT         SWOP
9.3    PEKIN                  TAZEWELL      SWOP
9.3    1 SSW ST. JOSEPH       CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
9.3    3 SSE HENNING          VERMILION     COCORAHS
9.2    LANE                   DE WITT       SWOP
8.8    EFFINGHAM              EFFINGHAM     SWOP
8.8    2 SW PEORIA            PEORIA        COCORAHS
8.7    BLOOMINGTON            MCLEAN        SWOP
8.7    3 W EDINBURG           CHRISTIAN     COCORAHS
8.6    1 N ABINGDON           KNOX          SWOP
8.0    CLINTON                DE WITT       SWOP
7.3    2 NNW DEWEY            CHAMPAIGN     COCORAHS
7.0    ASTORIA                FULTON        SWOP
7.0    2 NNE ARROWSMITH       MCLEAN        COCORAHS
6.5    EL PASO                WOODFORD      SWOP
6.4    4 SSW LE ROY           MCLEAN        COCORAHS
6.3    GRIDLEY                MCLEAN        SWOP
6.1    3 SE DUNLAP            PEORIA        SWOP
6.1    CANTON                 FULTON        SWOP
6.0    2 N GERMANTOWN HILLS   WOODFORD      SWOP
6.0    PEORIA                 PEORIA        SWOP
6.0    GILSON                 KNOX          SWOP
6.0    WATSON                 EFFINGHAM     SWOP
5.9    HOPEWELL               MARSHALL      SWOP
5.5    1 NW KNOXVILLE         KNOX          COCORAHS
5.5    LEXINGTON              MCLEAN        COCORAHS
5.1    5 NNW EL PASO          WOODFORD      COCORAHS
5.0    MARTINSVILLE           CLARK         SWOP
4.8    HENRY                  MARSHALL      SWOP
4.0    1 S MANITO             MASON         SWOP
4.0    FLORA                  CLAY          SWOP
3.7    NEWTON                 JASPER        SWOP
3.0    3 W ROBINSON           CRAWFORD      SWOP
3.0    7 NW ROBINSON          CRAWFORD      SWOP
2.0    4 SW OLNEY             RICHLAND      SWOP


 


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