Winter Finally Arrives in Illinois in February, Illinois State Water Survey

ISWS Press Release

For Immediate Release March 1, 2013
Winter Finally Arrives in Illinois in February
Jim Angel, Ph.D. - (217) 333-0729,
Lisa Sheppard - (217) 244-7270,

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Snowfall was below average in January, but the statewide precipitation—which includes both rain and melted snow—was 3.9 inches, nearly 2 inches above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Precipitation for most of the state was in the 3- to 6-inch range except for some drier areas in central and western Illinois. It was wettest in southeastern Illinois with several sites receiving over 6 inches of precipitation, including Smithland Lock and Dam on the Ohio River with 9.7 inches.

Snowfall for January was below average and ranged from 6.5 inches in the northwest corner to zero in far southern Illinois.

Even though January finished with below-average snowfall, it was offset with above-average rainfall in many areas. As a result, the U.S. Drought Monitor has reduced the area in drought or abnormally dry conditions since January 1 by 11 percent.

The statewide temperature for January was 28.7 degrees, four degrees above average. It was far short of the warmest January on record that was established in 2006 with 37.9 degrees, followed closely by 1933 with 37.7 degrees.


The Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of the Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in Illinois concerned with water and atmospheric resources.


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