Illinois Weather Trivia for February 2nd

2/2/1997
After the near-record January snowfall in Springfield, February was a major change. Only a trace of snow was noted during the month, tying the record for the least snowiest February. The record was first set in 1935, then tied in 1957 and 1987.
2/2/2011
A widespread and unusually significant snowstorm affected a large part of the nation as February began. Excessive snowfall totals of a foot were common in a large area from Oklahoma northeast to Michigan, with widespread blizzard conditions. 3-day totals over central Illinois were in excess of a foot along and northwest of I-55, with totals as high as 18 inches in Winchester, 17 inches in Princeville, and 16 inches in Havana. Snowfall totals were enhanced by thunderstorms, which caused accumulation rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour. East of I-55, Tuscola and Taylorville reported 4 inches of sleet. Northeast winds on the 1st gusted from 45 to 65 mph, causing blizzard conditions, and resulted in the closure of nearly all of I-39 and I-155, as well as I-74 from Galesburg to Peoria. Closer to the I-70 corridor, ice accumulated from half to 3/4 inch thick.

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