Illinois Weather Trivia for March 8th

3/8/1871
A tornado moved across the St. Louis area at a reported 70 mph, crossing the Mississippi River near East St. Louis and Venice. There was considerable damage to docks and ferries on the river; debris was reported to have been carried 30 miles. Six railroad depots were destroyed, accounting for much of the $200,000 damage. Eight of the 9 deaths occurred at the East St. Louis railroad yards, while the 9th occurred on a bridge. 60 people were injured during the tornado, which peaked at F3 intensity.
3/8/1978
Springfield had a 5-day period from March 7-11th with a snow depth of at least 10 inches. The depth of 16 inches on this date tied the city's record for greatest snow depth.
3/8/1998
A winter storm developed across Illinois on the 8th, bringing a mixture of freezing rain and snow, which changed to all snow by evening. The heaviest snowfall occurred in northeast Illinois, where 6 to 12 inches of snow was measured. Snowfall amounts in central Illinois ranged from 2 inches near Mattoon, to over 6 inches across Knox, Fulton, and Peoria Counties. Two people died in car accidents in Peoria County, due to the treacherous road conditions. Winds gusting to 50 mph created occasional white-out conditions, which lasted until the 9th. These winds also caused high waves on Lake Michigan, with half a million dollars damage noted to lakefront parks.

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