It's a nice day for a drive with March on the horizon

It's a nice day for a drive with March on the horizon

A monsoon one week, majestic the next. That's central Illinois weather for you. Here are a few numbers of note as the calendar turns to March:

6.05

Inches of precipitation that fell on Champaign-Urbana during this damp February, tied with February 1990 for the most on record locally. "So if we even get a trace of precipitation (today), we can break" it, says Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel.

16.4

Inches of snow that fell on C-U in March 2013, 11.5 of it on the 25th day of the month. So don't put away that shovel just yet; we've had more than a few March flurries to contend with in four of the past five years: 2 inches in 2017, just traces in 2016, 8.4 in 2015 and 3.7 in 2014.

27

The predicted low for Friday evening, making for a chilly end to Unofficial St. Patrick's Day in Campustown. That's the coldest it will get around here the next 10 days, according to The Weather Channel's long-range forecast.

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