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 Climatological normal chances for a White Christmas. Image courtesy of the Illinois State Climatologist office.
This image from the Illinois State Water Survey shows the climatological normal chances of a White Christmas, defined as 1" of snow on the ground Christmas morning.  Most of central and southeast Illinois has between a 25% and 35% chance.
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2014 Event Summaries:
Jan 4-5 -- Winter Storm
Jan 6-7 -- Bitter Cold Wind Chills
Feb 17 -- Ice, Snow and Snow Rollers
Feb 20 -- Tornado Outbreak
2013-14 Snowy & Bitter Cold Winter
May 21 -- Hail & Flooding East Central IL
May 28 -- Landspout Tornadoes
Oct 13 -- Shelby/Macon Co. Tornadoes

Illinois Weather Trivia
12/22/1989
Bitter cold gripped a good part of the nation for several days before Christmas. At the peak of the cold wave, temperatures fell to less than 20 below zero with wind chills of 50 to 60 below zero. Peoria reported 11 consecutive days with lows below zero, tying a record; the coldest temperature of 23 below zero on the 22nd was the 5th coldest on record in Peoria. Springfield reported a monthly record low temperature of 21 below zero on the 23rd, as did Champaign on the 22nd; Decatur had its second coldest December temperature on record with a 21 below zero reading on the 22nd.
For more weather history, visit our Illinois Weather Trivia page!


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