REQUEST!!! - Snow Depth Liquid Water Equivalent Reports Needed!!!

After the recent few days of snow and heavy snow that impacted most of central Illinois and nearly the entire state, the NWS has a request:  We need our Cooperative Observation Program, SWOP and CoCoRaHS observers to take snow depth liquid water equivalent (LWE) measurements and report them to the NWS.  
In the central and northern portions of the state the snow is 5 to 8 inches deep. The snow this weekend had a high water content. With warmer weather expected the latter half of this week, there will be a lot of melting. On top of that there may be rain Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service is very interested in getting the LWE of the total snow on the ground.
Please, take the extra time to measure the LWE of the snow depth over the next couple of days and report via the primary method provided for you (WXCODER, ESPOTTER, IV-ROCS, call to the NWS, etc). 
Your observations and reports will directly benefit the hydrologic forecasting models. These models help forecasters predict if and when flooding may occur.  
From the NWS, Thank you!

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