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Illinois Winter Storms: Cold, Hard Facts

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Illinois Winters

Severe Illinois winter storms can produce more total damage than any other form of short-term severe weather, including hail, lightning, and even tornadoes. Although this fact is little known, Central Illinois has the distinction of being the nation's primary area for severe freezing rain and ice storms. 

Illinois, on average, will experience five severe winter storms during the period of November-April. These storms may consist of only heavy snow, only ice, or could be snow and ice mixed. Although the average is five per winter, as many as 18 storms have occurred in one winter (1977-1978) and as few as two (1921-1922).

The most severe winter storms usually occur in the month of January, although December, February, and March are close in numbers. The earliest a severe winter storm ever hit Illinois was on October 28-30, 1925, and the latest one ever to hit was on May 1-2, 1929.

More information can be found at:  https://www.isws.illinois.edu/statecli/winter/coldhard.htm

If you need help with your home or business after an upcoming winter storm, contact us 24/7.



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