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)
Heavy snow fell across the nation's midsection. A two-day storm in Illinois produced 10 inches or more of snow, north of a Quincy to Bloomington line, while major ice accumulation was noted elsewhere across central Illinois. The Chicago metropolitan areas received the brunt of the heavy snow, where up to 20 inches occurred in the southern metro area. Travel was greatly crippled for a few days. Over 50 deaths were indirectly related to the storm.