Illinois Weather Trivia for March 16th
- A tornado in east central Illinois touched down in southwest Champaign County near Ivesdale, then moved northeast to the Indiana border. Farms were swept away in the Savoy, Mayview, and St. Joseph areas. In the town of Alvin, about 25 homes were damaged. A total of 9 people were killed, with 60 injured. Further northwest, a violent tornado touched down northwest of Peoria near Kickapoo, moving northeast through Chillicothe and Lacon. A quarter of Lacon was destroyed, amounting to about 60 homes, many of which were completely swept away. Eight people died from this tornado, which peaked at F5 intensity. Two others were killed by a third tornado which moved just west and north of Lincoln.
- A late-season winter storm moving across central Illinois produced 4.8 inches of snow in Peoria and 2.9 inches in Springfield, both records for the date. The two-day total for the 15th and 16th was close to 6 inches in both cities.
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