Christmas Eve Winter Storm, 2002


This winter storm was primarily confined to southern Illinois and Perry County, Missouri. It occurred in two parts, with the first on the evening of December 23 and the second during the afternoon and evening of December 24. 

On the evening of the 23rd, 6 inches of snow was reported in Perryville, Missouri. Lesser amounts of 2 to 4 inches were common in a band from Carbondale, Illinois to near Evansville, Indiana and east from there. 

The second phase of the storm on the afternoon and evening of December 24 consisted of several hours of heavy snow in much the same area. From Perryville, Missouri to Carbondale and Mount Vernon, snowfall rates near an inch per hour were reported. Additional snowfall amounts of around 4 inches were reported in the same band across southern Illinois. The accompanying photo is from West Frankfort, Illinois, courtesy of Rita Holden.

The snowfall graphic below shows storm total snowfall for Dec. 23-24. For a listing of exact amounts for specific cities and towns, click here.


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