Winter Storms Bring Ice, Snow, and Flooding
January 2-6, 2005
 

Ice accumulation at the NWS Office

Ice was nearly a quarter inch thick on objects at the NWS office in Lincoln.

Embarrash River flooding in Lawrenceville

The Embarras River at Lawrenceville covers up this road.  Photo by Doug Nuttall.


 

A winter storm affected much of the middle part of the nation the first week of January, as waves of low pressure moved northeast along a frontal boundary from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley.

A band of freezing precipitation fell over parts of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. General ice accumulations across Kansas and Missouri were between 1/2 to 1 inch; some reports as high as 1.5 inches were received. Lighter ice accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 inch occurred across portions of central Illinois, between I-72 and I-80.  Sleet accumulations of up to 1.5 inches were also been reported in Kansas and Missouri. Numerous power outages have occurred due to many downed tree branches.

North of this band, heavy snow fell from Colorado and Wyoming to Michigan. Up to 11 inches of snow have been reported in Wyoming, 14 inches in South Dakota and Nebraska, 5 inches in Kansas, 17 inches in Iowa and 15 inches in northwest Illinois. Significant winds  caused blowing and drifting snow, and adding to the damage from the ice storm.

Precipitation map of Jan. 2-6
Precipitation reported across central and southeast Illinois from January 2-6.
Snow depth on January 6
Snow depth across Illinois the morning of January 6.

Further to the south, heavy rainfall of 2 to 6 inches occurred from southern Missouri, into central and southern Illinois and Indiana.  These totals, well above normal for the entire month, followed a period of much above normal temperatures, which melted the snowpack from the pre-Christmas storm.  The combination of the two led to many rivers rising above flood stage.

Here are some totals from around central and southeast Illinois: 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
1115 AM CST THU JAN 6 2005
...RAIN TOTALS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS...
HERE ARE SOME OBSERVED RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS. 
OBSERVED READINGS WERE TAKEN AROUND 7 AM CST ON THE DAYS INDICATED. 
IN MOST CASES...THESE VALUES ARE 3 TO 5 TIMES WHAT ARE NORMALLY SEEN 
ACROSS THE AREA FOR EARLY JANUARY. NORMALS FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF 
JANUARY ARE GENERALLY IN THE 1.5 TO 2.5 INCH RANGE.
STATION           SUN    MON    TUE    WED    THU    5-DAY
LOCATION          1/2    1/3    1/4    1/5    1/6    TOTAL
--------          ---    ---    ---    ---    ---    -----
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
 FISHER             M   0.52   0.78   0.82   0.88       M
 MAHOMET         0.05   0.47   0.78   0.56   1.01    2.87
 OGDEN           0.10   0.38   0.82   0.83   1.13    3.26
 PHILO              M   0.53   0.69   0.90   1.20       M
 SAVOY (WILLARD) 0.02   0.47   0.64   0.77   0.95    2.85
 URBANA (U OF I) 0.58   0.67   0.80   0.99   0.99    4.03
CHRISTIAN COUNTY
 KINCAID         0.01   0.83   0.80   1.21   0.90    3.75
 MORRISONVILLE   0.00   0.78   0.68   1.65   1.12    4.23
 PANA 3E         0.24   0.94   0.68   1.71   0.85    4.42
 TAYLORVILLE        M   0.93   0.63   1.50   1.00       M
CLARK COUNTY
 CASEY           0.28   1.73   1.04   2.01   1.21    6.27
CLAY COUNTY
 CLAY CITY 6SSE  0.03   1.00   0.71   1.54   1.49    4.77
COLES COUNTY
 CHARLESTON         M   1.27   0.85   1.49   0.75       M
 MATTOON         0.16   0.81   0.75   1.29   0.62    3.63
 MATTOON AP      0.17   0.78   0.96   1.28   0.70    3.89
CRAWFORD COUNTY
 HUTSONVILLE     0.15   1.47   0.61   1.82      M       M
 ROBINSON        0.08   1.47   0.61   1.73   1.58    5.47
DE WITT COUNTY
 CLINTON            M   0.65      M   0.77   1.04       M
DOULGAS COUNTY
 ARCOLA          0.19   0.73   0.53   1.46   1.03    3.94
 TUSCOLA         0.12   0.49   0.67   1.00   1.07    3.35
EDGAR COUNTY
 PARIS           0.18   1.66   0.90   1.41   1.07    5.22
EFFINGHAM COUNTY
 BEECHER CITY    0.23   1.50   0.90   2.20   0.86    5.69
 EFFINGHAM 3SW   0.12   1.52   0.93   2.24   0.90    5.71
 EFFINGHAM SE    0.15   1.73   1.00   2.19   1.11    6.18
FULTON COUNTY
 ST DAVID           M   0.74   0.54   0.46   0.63       M
JASPER COUNTY
 NEWTON             M   1.34      M   1.45   1.80       M
 STE MARIE          M   2.31   0.45   1.80   1.40       M
KNOX COUNTY
 ALTONA          0.66   0.16   0.48      M   0.86       M
 DAHINDA            M   0.38   0.44   0.30   0.43       M
LAWRENCE COUNTY
 LAWRENCEVILLE      M   0.65   0.62   0.60   2.47       M
 LAWRENCEVL AP   0.04   0.65   0.74   1.25   1.77    4.45
LOGAN COUNTY
 LINCOLN         0.06   0.49   0.64   0.68   0.57    2.44
 MT PULASKI         M   0.68   0.78   0.91   0.92       M
MC DONOUGH COUNTY
 PRAIRIE CITY 2S 0.48   0.53   0.54   0.34   0.35    2.24
MC LEAN COUNTY
 BLOOMINGTON 5W  0.50   0.53   0.62   0.44   0.76    2.85
 STANFORD 2S     0.21   0.41   0.56   0.45   0.63    2.26
MACON COUNTY
 DECATUR N       0.02   0.73   0.84   0.87   0.87    3.33
 DECATUR AP      0.01   0.54   0.78   0.76   0.85    2.94
MARSHALL COUNTY
 LACON           0.85   0.92   0.50   0.38   0.52    3.17
MASON COUNTY
 HAVANA 4NNE     1.07   0.67   0.50   0.53   0.53    3.30
MENARD COUNTY
 ATHENS 2SW         M   0.35   0.84   0.85   0.60       M
 PETERSBURG 2SW  0.11   0.48   0.39   0.49   0.17    1.64
MORGAN COUNTY
 CHAPIN 4E       0.12   0.42   0.72   1.20   0.52    2.98
 JACKSONVILLE    0.09   0.40   0.73   1.15   0.43    2.80
MOULTRIE COUNTY
 LOVINGTON       0.02   0.75   0.63   1.24   1.14    3.78
 SULLIVAN 3S     0.14   0.77   0.59   1.48   0.97    3.95
PEORIA COUNTY
 CHILLICOTHE     1.04   0.73   0.36   0.41   0.58    3.12
 PEORIA AP       0.64   0.59   0.61   0.33   0.36    2.53
 PRINCEVILLE 2W  0.73   0.78   0.51   0.32   0.38    2.72
PIATT COUNTY
 CISCO           0.06   0.52   0.76      M      M       M
RICHLAND COUNTY
 CALHOUN 5SE        M   1.11   0.46   1.70      M       M
 CLAREMONT 6N    0.10      M      M   1.99   1.60       M
 OLNEY 2S        0.05   0.94   0.66   1.77   2.11    5.53
SANGAMON COUNTY
 BUFFALO         0.01   0.66   0.72   1.01   0.73    3.13
 LAKE SPFLD      0.06   0.63   0.65   0.91   0.47    2.72
 LOAMI 3SSW      0.06   0.92   0.80   1.06   0.73    3.57
 RIVERTON 4NNE      M   0.43   0.76   0.96   0.70       M
 SHERMAN         0.04   0.51   0.73   0.90   0.83    3.01
 SPRINGFIELD AP  0.05   0.51   0.75   0.97   0.69    2.97
 SPRINGFIELD NE  0.05   0.79   0.89   1.08   0.90    3.70
SCOTT COUNTY
 WINCHESTER      0.27   0.40   0.72   1.32   0.47    3.18
SHELBY COUNTY
 FINDLAY 2NW     0.05      M   0.39   1.43   0.65       M
 WINDSOR 7SE     0.23   1.77   1.05   1.02   1.26    5.33
STARK COUNTY
 BRADFORD        0.81   0.17   0.59   0.28   0.59    2.44
 CAMP GROVE 2SW  0.51   0.41   0.67   0.36   0.63    2.58
 TOULON 2SSW     0.90   0.19   0.66   0.25   0.32    2.32
TAZEWELL COUNTY
 GROVELAND 2WNW  0.51   0.59   0.45   0.40      M       M
 MACKINAW        0.33   0.67   0.57   0.37   0.57    2.51
 MORTON          0.31   0.51   0.53   0.41   0.57    2.33
 SOUTH PEKIN 2E     M   0.52   0.63   0.39   0.56       M
 WASHINGTON      0.38   0.66   0.65   0.46   0.55    2.70
VERMILION COUNTY
 DANVILLE SE     0.19      M   0.68   0.68   1.22       M
 HOOPESTON       0.22   0.44   0.71   0.73      M       M
 SIDELL 5NW      0.17   0.37   0.58   0.80   1.10    3.02
WOODFORD COUNTY
 CAZENOVIA       0.51   0.64   0.51   0.36   0.51    2.53
 CONGERVILLE 2NW 0.31   0.51   0.43   0.45   0.45    2.15
 EUREKA             M   0.55   0.55   0.45      M       M
 MINONK          0.66   0.67   0.44   0.31      M       M

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