Illinois Weather Trivia for January 16th
- A major winter storm brought ice and heavy snow to southern parts of Illinois. Much of the area received up to 1/2 inch of ice accumulation, followed by 6-10 inches of snow. Schools and businesses closed, while road crews struggled to clear the roads.
- Unusually heavy rainfall occurred across central and southeast Illinois, during the first two weeks of January. Totals of 5 to 7 inches were common south of I-70 during the first week of the month, with 2 to 4 inches further north across central Illinois. Additional amounts of 1 to 3 inches occurred east of I-55 during the second week of January. These totals, well above the normal for the entire month, followed a period of much above normal temperatures. These features combined to melt the snowpack from a pre-Christmas snowstorm, resulting in extensive flooding on area rivers. Record or near-record flooding occurred along the Wabash River in southeast Illinois. On the afternoon of the 15th, a levee breach was observed just north of Darwin, in eastern Clark County. Water from the Wabash River surrounded the towns of York and Darwin, and the only way to get to these towns was by boat. The river flooding required the evacuation of around 100 people in Hutsonville, in Crawford County. The flood waters washed out a bridge on Robinson-Marshall Road in Crawford County. The river came within a foot of overtopping a levee in eastern Lawrence County. A major levee failure on the Indiana side of the Wabash River caused the flooding on the Illinois side to be less severe than it may have otherwise been.
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