Illinois Weather Trivia for January 1st
- A tornado briefly touched down in Springfield, tearing the roof off a factory and damaging several homes. The iron girders of a steel mill were reportedly bent in half by the F2 strength tornado.
- The new year started out very wet in Peoria. 4.43 inches of precipitation was received, making it the wettest January day on record in the city.
- A major winter storm paralyzed much of the region, during the first few days of 1999. Snow began falling across portions of central Illinois before noon on New Year's Day, and continued at moderate to heavy rates for most of the following 24 hour period. Areas from Charleston southward also saw the snow mixed with rain or freezing rain at times. Once the snow ended, high winds developed, causing severe blowing and drifting snow, and dangerous wind chills. The heaviest snow band extended from near Quincy, to Virginia, then through the Peoria and Bloomington areas to Champaign, where 14 or more inches of snow were common. The weight of the heavy snow caused many roofs and porches to collapse, causing one death and one injury.
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