Snow relatively scarce in C-U in recent years

CHAMPAIGN — It's been a long time since Champaign-Urbana experienced a big winter storm.

Last winter's greatest snowstorm, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, was just 4 inches on Jan. 13. The season's snowfall total was just 10.9 inches, plus another half-inch in the spring.

Before that snowfall last January, the greatest snowfall was when 6 inches of snow fell on Feb. 2, 2011, followed by 3.7 inches more over the next four days. By Feb. 6, there was 10 inches of snow on the ground, the greatest amount that winter.

Since 2000, there's been a scarcity of snow locally. An average winter brings 23.2 inches of snow, but only in 2003 (25.9 inches), 2007 (24.2 inches), 2010 (27.1 inches) and 2011 (40.9 inches) has that number been exceeded.

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pattsi wrote on December 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Would it not give a more complete picture of past winters to include reports on ice and the problems caused by this wintry addition. I have a memory of February 2012 as being one of ice, layered by  snow, layered by hail, layered by snow, more ice making for weeks of trying to clear any useable concrete for safe walking areas because of the layering and the impossibility to remove all at one time.  :-)