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.