Illinois Weather Trivia for February 14th
- A winter storm blanketed northern Illinois with 6-12 inches of snow. Further south, a major ice storm was in progress. The worst conditions were reported in Macon, Champaign, and Vermilion Counties. Heavy ice accumulations stretched from Decatur, through Champaign/Urbana, then to Danville. Champaign reported 1.79 inches of precipitation, mostly in the form of freezing rain. Many trees and power lines were brought down by the heavy ice accumulation; power was out for several days in some areas. In Champaign County alone, $12 million damage was reported.
- A winter storm produced near-blizzard conditions in central Illinois. Although only 2-3 inches of snow actually fell, northwest winds of 40 mph produced whiteout conditions. A 60 mile stretch of Interstate 57 north of Paxton was closed due to numerous accidents in low visibility; parts of I-55 near Bloomington and I-74 in Champaign were also closed for a time.
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