With more winter to come, snowfall records could fall

With more winter to come, snowfall records could fall

With more than two months remaining in central Illinois' snowfall season, Champaign-Urbana already has received about 80 percent of its snow total for a normal season, according to the National Weather Service.

Since the start of December, 19.1 inches of snow has fallen in Champaign-Urbana, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. A normal total for the season, since 1981, is 23.2 inches.

The local record for most snowfall in a season was 67.2 inches in the winter of 1977-78.

In the snowy season of 2012-13, Champaign-Urbana received 22.9 inches, but 16.4 of those came in March, including the largest storm of the season — 11.5 inches — on March 25.

This year, Champaign-Urbana had 10 inches of snow in December and 9.1 inches this month, according to the state water survey. Both are above the monthly averages of 6.6 inches for December and 6.8 inches for January. The February average is 5.8 inches, the March average is 2.6 and the April average is 0.4.

The biggest storm so far this snowfall season was 8.1 inches on Dec. 14.

Misery loves company

Champaign-Urbana is not alone in reporting unusually high snowfall totals this season; some cities already have exceeded their seasonal normal, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

— Charleston is above its winter average with 20.7 inches; a normal winter total is 17.2 inches.

— Springfield's winter average is 20.9 inches; it has totalled 22.4 inches this winter.

— Effingham normally gets 15.2 inches in a season; it has had 22.8 inches so far this season.

— Decatur's winter average is 16 inches; 18.6 have already fallen.

— Paris normally receives 23.6 inches all winter; it has recorded 19.4 inches so far this winter.

— On average, Peoria has the highest annual snowfall totals among any central Illinois community, 24.6 inches. So far this winter, it has received 19.4 inches.

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