Illinois Weather Trivia for January 7th
- The southern 1/2 of Illinois was affected by a winter storm, with the heaviest snow across far southern parts of the state. 8 inches or more of snow were found west of Carbondale. Further north, up to 5 inches of snow fell near Vandalia.
- Several out-of-season tornadoes occurred across southern Illinois. The strongest tornado, ranged as a "4" on a scale of 0 to 5, affected the town of Allendale, in southeast Illinois. Most of the town was destroyed, including 10 businesses and 47 homes. Although 50 people were injured, no one was killed.
- Northern Illinois saw only its second January tornado since 1950, as a strong EF-3 strength tornado tracked from Poplar Grove to Lawrence, in Boone and McHenry Counties. The tornado damaged an apple orchard, many houses and farm buildings, and derailed a freight train. This occurred on an unseasonably warm day, with record highs of 65 degrees in Chicago and 63 in Rockford.
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