Another Winter With Below Normal Snowfall - Updated Feb 17

After last winter's low snow totals across central and southeast Illinois, this winter is not much of an improvement in most areas, for those people that would like more snow.  Only southeast Illinois southeast of I-70 has seen a significant jump in snow totals from last year and compared to normal, primarily due to a couple of winter storms that affected the area from December 26-29th.  The images below show where the snow has occurred so far this winter, along with the departures from normal.

Snowfall so far this winter Snwofall departure from normal

In some parts of central Illinois, this winter's snow totals have been even lower than last winter.  The table below shows the normal snowfall for area cities for the season from Oct 1 through Feb 17, and the observed totals for this winter and the past two winters as of that date.

Location

Normal Snowfall
Oct 1 - Feb 17

This Winter
Oct 1 - Feb 17
(Departure from Normal)

Last Winter
Oct 1 - Feb 17

2010-11 Winter
Oct 1 - Feb 17

Charleston

13.9 inches

3.7 inches (-10.2 inches)

5.3 inches

21.3 inches

Clinton

Not available

3.4 inches

5.6 inches

29.1 inches

Danville

13.2 inches

3.5 inches (-9.7 inches)

8.9 inches

32.1 inches

Decatur

12.2 inches

3.5 inches (-8.7 inches)

Not available

21.3 inches

Effingham

Not available

3.5 inches

4.4 inches

20.1 inches

Flora

5.9 inches

10.0 inches (+4.1 inches)

3.0 inches

20.0 inches

Galesburg

17.8 inches

5.3 inches (-12.5 inches)

2.9 inches

27.0 inches

Havana

20.6 inches

3.6 inches (-17 inches)

Not available

33.9 inches

Jacksonville

12.6 inches

5.9 inches (-6.7 inches)

4.9 inches

31.3 inches

Lawrenceville

11.9 inches

20.0 inches (+8.1 inches)

2.0 inches

24.6 inches

Lincoln

16.5 inches

4.1 inches (-12.4 inches)

5.4 inches

29.2 inches

Mattoon

12.0 inches

5.3 inches (-6.7 inches)

5.9 inches

23.9 inches

Normal

15.6 inches

3.4 inches (-12.2 inches)

5.7 inches

37.4 inches

Olney

9.0 inches

10.0 inches (+1.0 inches)

2.7 inches

20.6 inches

Palestine

10.8 inches

12.8 inches (+2.0 inches)

5.5 inches

19.0 inches

Paris

18.0 inches

7.5 inches (-10.5 inches)

5.0 inches

21.5 inches

Peoria

19.1 inches

4.5 inches (-14.6 inches)

10.0 inches

47.3 inches

Springfield

16.2 inches

5.5 inches (-10.7 inches)

6.0 inches

30.0 inches

Urbana

15.5 inches

4.0 inches (-11.5 inches)

10.5 inches

39.1 inches

Windsor

12.0 inches

3.2 inches (-8.8 inches)

3.4 inches

15.0 inches

Despite the lack of snow, precipitation this winter has been running ahead of the same pace last winter, and is 1 to 2 inches above normal in many areas.  Locations from Rantoul southwest to Taylorville have had precipitation ranging from near normal up to a half inch above normal.  The maps below show accumulated precipitation (including melted snowfall) for last winter and this winter, beginning December 1 (start of meteorological winter) through February 9 (click images to enlarge).

Accumulated precipitation, 12/1/2011 to 2/9/2012

Accumulated precipitation, 12/1/2012 to 2/9/2013

 

The table below shows the normal precipitation for area cities from Dec 1 through Feb 17, and the observed totals for this winter and the past two winters as of that date.

Location

Normal Precipitation
Dec 1 - Feb 17

This Winter 2012-13
Dec 1 - Feb 17
 (Departure from Normal)

Last Winter 2011-12
Dec 1 - Feb 17

2010-11 Winter
Dec 1 - Feb 17

Charleston

7.12 inches

8.00 inches (+0.88 inches)

7.73 inches

3.91 inches

Clinton

6.16 inches

4.78 inches (-1.38 inches)

5.46 inches

4.72 inches

Danville

6.34 inches

6.30 inches (-0.04 inches)

5.16 inches

3.74  inches

Decatur

6.13 inches

4.99 inches (-1.14 inches)

4.46 inches

3.21  inches

Effingham

7.38 inches

8.35 inches (+0.97 inches)

9.47 inches

5.46 inches

Flora

8.00 inches

7.83 inches (-0.17 inches)

9.78 inches

4.35 inches

Galesburg

4.64 inches

6.66 inches (+2.02 inches)

5.06 inches

2.67 inches

Havana

6.01 inches

5.69 inches (-0.32 inches)

4.25 inches

5.28 inches

Jacksonville

5.05 inches

6.81 inches (+1.76 inches)

4.36 inches

3.02 inches

Lawrenceville

7.97 inches

10.35 inches (+2.38 inches)

8.55 inches

4.19 inches

Lincoln

5.61 inches

6.31 inches (+0.70 inches)

5.15 inches

3.83 inches

Mattoon

6.52 inches

8.45 inches (+1.93 inches)

8.29 inches

4.32 inches

Normal

5.90 inches

6.69 inches (+0.79 inches)

5.37 inches

5.42 inches

Olney

8.60 inches

9.75 inches (+1.15 inches)

9.22 inches

5.04 inches

Palestine

7.96 inches

8.79 inches (+0.83 inches)

9.94 inches

4.65 inches

Paris

6.82 inches

10.44 inches (+3.62 inches)

8.22 inches

5.45 inches

Peoria

5.27 inches

7.15 inches (+1.88 inches)

4.76 inches

5.73 inches

Springfield

5.36 inches

6.82 inches (+1.46 inches)

5.18 inches

3.77 inches

Urbana

5.95 inches

5.63 inches (-0.32 inches)

6.82 inches

4.89 inches

Windsor

6.52 inches

6.84 inches (+0.32 inches)

6.33 inches

3.76 inches



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