Winter Finally Arrives in Illinois In February

February

The preliminary numbers are in and winter finally arrived in February. The statewide temperature for February finished at 29.3 degrees, which was 1.5 degrees below average. The statewide precipitation was 2.7 inches, which was 0.6 inches above average. The precipitation total represented both rainfall and the water content of any snow. Snowfall for February ranged from less than an inch in southern Illinois to over 20 inches in the far northeast corner of the state.

Winter

For the core winter months of December, January, and February, the statewide temperature was 31.8 degrees, which was 2.8 degrees above average. The statewide average precipitation was 9.1 inches, 2.2 inches above average. It was the 11th wettest winter on record for Illinois. Snowfall for those three months ranged from less than 10 inches in east-central Illinois to over 20 inches in parts of far western and northern Illinois, as well as in a band across southern Illinois.

Maps

Here are the maps of precipitation and snowfall for February.

February 2013 Precipitation.

February 2013 Precipitation.

February 2013 Precipitation Departures From Average.

February 2013 Precipitation Departures From Average.

February 2013 Snowfall.

February 2013 Snowfall.

February 2013 Snowfall Departure.

February 2013 Snowfall Departure.

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About Jim Angel

I have been the state climatologist for Illinois since 1997 and have worked at the Illinois State Water Survey since 1984.
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