Illinois Weather Trivia for February 17th
- Unseasonably mild weather spread across central Illinois, which continued until the 20th. High temperatures during the period were in the lower to mid 60s, values which are more typical for April rather than February.
- A major winter storm exiting the Southern Rockies moved through the Mississippi Valley, and into the Great Lakes. The storm system resulted in a variety of weather, ranging from heavy snow, to freezing rain, and rain. Widespread heavy snow occurred in northern Illinois, where amounts ranged from 5 to 10 inches, with some 12 inch totals in the Chicago area. Further south, an ice storm affected central parts of Illinois, near the Illinois River Valley, from late in the evening of the 17th through the late afternoon of the 18th. A quarter to half inch of ice resulted in numerous reports of downed power lines and tree limbs, extended power outages and traffic accidents. One accident in Woodford County, attributed to an icy road, resulted in one serious injury.
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