Illinois Weather Trivia for March 24th

A tornado touched down in southern Illinois 2 miles west of Makanda, and moved northeast to near West Frankfort. 21 of 41 railroad cars were derailed, with 10 of the cars completely destroyed. Damage to the train was $17,500. 39 farms had $30,000 worth of damage. Three people were killed.
A major snowstorm struck central Illinois, producing several rounds of moderate to heavy snowfall accompanied by thunderstorms. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour were noted. A total of 10 to 18 inches fell in an area from Rushville to Danville, south to near I-70, with the heaviest totals in Logan, Sangamon and Christian Counties. Several locations established their all-time 24-hour snowfall record, including Springfield (17.4 inches), Pana (13.8 inches), and Taylorville (17.7 inches). The snow depth of 16 inches at Springfield the next morning tied its all-time greatest snow depth, last reached on March 8, 1978. Total for the entire storm in Springfield was 18.5 inches. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.
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