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.
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