1 Winter : Record-Setting Storms Caused Major Damages in Illinois Stanley A. Changnon, Kenneth E. Kunkel, and David Changnon Data/Case Study Illinois State Water Survey
3 Winter : Record-Setting Storms Caused Major Damages in Illinois Stanley A. Changnon, Kenneth E. Kunkel, and David Changnon Data/Case Study Illinois State Water Survey 008
5 Contents Abstract... v Introduction Monthly Conditions... 3 Causes of Storms... 5 December Storms... 9 Ice Storm on December Snowstorm on December Ice Storm on December Snowstorm on December Snowstorm on December Snowstorm on December Snowstorm on December January Storms... 3 Rainstorm on January Snowstorm on January Summer and Winter Storms on January Snowstorm on January 3-February... 7 March Storms Winter Storm on March Snowstorm on March Rainstorm on March Snowstorm on March... 8 Snowstorm on March Impacts... 9 Flooding... 9 Transportation Property: Homes and Structures Power and Communication Systems Government Business Agriculture Human Health and Well-Being Economic Impacts Summary Acknowledgments References... February Storms... 9 Rainstorm on February Snowstorm on February Ice Storm on February Heavy Rains on February Ice Storm and Snowstorm on February Snowstorm on February
7 Abstract During the December 007-March 008 period, Illinois experienced a record-tying number of winter storms, a record number of rainstorms, several tornadoes, and every other form of severe weather that can occur in the Midwest. These storms resulted in 8 weather-related deaths, double the normal number, and excessive damages to vehicles, residences, and businesses in the state. Communities and government agencies faced costly repair efforts, and many people lost their homes because of major flooding. December brought seven winter storms, a new record high, and February had four winter storms, just one value short of a record high. The 8 winter storms during December 007-March 008 tied the record-high value set in the winter of , and five storms in produced blizzard conditions. There were also five warm-season type convective storms with thunderstorms, hail, and high winds, setting a new record high for a winter season. Each of the 3 storms is described in this report along with important impacts they created. In between the 3 storms during December-March were several days when record high or low temperatures occurred, plus several days with heavy fog. Weather conditions during December 007- March 008 were unique for a cold season in Illinois. Records dating back to 890 show no prior cold season with comparable conditions. Past cold seasons having numerous winter storms did not also have warm-season type storms, as occurred during the cold season. The unusually high number of cold-season storms was related to a strong, active, and progressive polar jet stream impacting North America. The unique array of numerous storms, extreme temperatures, and fogs resulted in major losses and costs in four sectors. Property damages due to heavy snow, ice, and flooding led to losses of $90 million. All forms of transportation suffered major losses and added costs that totaled $735 million. Damages to power and communication systems led to repair costs totaling $79 million. ocal, state, and federal agencies expended major sums for snow and ice removal and for road and highway repairs, totaling $7 million. All told, losses and costs resulting from the December 007-March 008 weather conditions in Illinois were $3.5 billion. However, there were economic winners in the construction and service industries; their total benefits were $97 million. v
8 A heavy snow with blizzard conditions on December -5, 007, created this post-storm scene near Gibson City.
9 Introduction Illinois weather in winter was unique, different than any other winter weather in the prior 0 years (Changnon, 99). A large number of warm-season type storms were intermixed with a very large number of winter storms. Indeed, the winter had an odd mix of all types of severe weather, including thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, heavy rains, and damaging winds. More thunderstorms occurred in central and northern Illinois than in any previous winter. For example, thunderstorms occurred on nine days at Champaign-Urbana, two more than the record of seven days in the winter of , and thunderstorms occurred with eight of the 3 storms in the December-March period. Illinois also experienced numerous snowstorms, four major ice storms, frequent sleet, and five storms with blizzard conditions. In December, Illinois had seven severe winter storms, two more than the prior record of five set in December 977. The winter of had 8 winter storms, well above the average of seven storms, and equal to the record set in (Changnon and Changnon, 978). had 0 inches of snow during the winter, less than the record of 89.7 inches set in , but 0 inches above average and the seventh largest amount on record since 890. On days between winter storms and warmseason type convective storms, there were periods of other extreme weather conditions, including days with temperatures at or below 0 F, and other days with temperatures of 0 to 0 F. In warm periods with moist air and melting snow cover, numerous floods occurred and heavy fogs developed. Numerous storms and harmful between-storm conditions caused property damages, many deaths, and hundreds of injuries. This report describes each of the 3 storms and the impacts they produced. Causes for the unique cold season conditions are also described.
10 An odd scene for mid-winter in Illinois. Cloud-to-ground lightning occurred on the night of January 7, 008, in rural Champaign County.
11 Monthly Conditions December 007 in Illinois had above-average precipitation (+.5 inches) with normal temperatures, but the state experienced seven winter storms, a record high for December. The December weather pattern featured an ongoing battle between warm and cold air masses over the central United States favoring a storm track that brought low-pressure systems across the Midwest every few days. Figure shows the tracks of cyclones that caused the December 007 winter storms. Amazingly, all five weekends that month had storms, resulting in major reductions in holiday travel and shopping. December, which is the start of the climatological winter, began with a sizable freezing rainstorm followed by an influx of Arctic air, a repeat of what had happened a year before (Changnon and Kunkel, 007). The first snowstorm of the season occurred on December -5 in northern Illinois. The second weekend brought a major ice storm covering most of the state with ice layers 0.5 inch thick. December s third weekend had a major snowstorm producing more than inches in east central Illinois and more than inch throughout the state. On the fourth weekend, a snowstorm crossed western and northern Illinois, leaving to 8 inches of snow in the northwest. The final weekend, December 9-30, had another snowstorm in northwestern Illinois where 8 inches fell. The month s final storm on December 30-3 produced heavy snow again in northwestern Illinois. In summary, seven winter storms occurred in Illinois during December 007. January 008 ushered in a very different weather regime that included different types of storms, with monthly temperatures averaging. F above normal statewide and precipitation averaging 0. inch above normal. In early January a period of high temperatures occurred. On January 7, conditions were spring-like with record high temperatures, heavy rains, and severe weather across the state. An atypical warm spell on January -7 led to record-high temperatures, including values at Peoria (7 F), (5 F), and Champaign (7 F). During the evening of January 7, severe thunderstorms moved through central and northern Illinois, producing hail, damaging winds, two tornadoes, and heavy rains, which are certainly rare events for January. An important outcome was flooding along the axis of the heavy rain area across central Illinois and northwestern Indiana. After having no storms for two weeks, a snowstorm hit the northern third of the state on January -. A major storm occurred in late January, bringing a mixture of warm-season conditions, including thunderstorms and a tornado, followed by winterstorm conditions, including freezing rain, snow, and high winds. This unique storm was followed by another major snowstorm on January 3-February. Figure shows the tracks of cyclones that produced the January storms. February marked a return to more typical winter conditions with repeated storms crossing the Midwest (Weatherwise, 008), as shown in Figure. The statewide February average temperature was 5. F below average and the precipitation was.5 inches above average, the third wettest February on record. February snow totals were 0 to 30 inches in the northern third of Illinois; 0 to 0 inches in the central third; and to 0 inches in the southern third. Two rainstorms produced heavy rainfall on February - and 7-8, but there was 3
12 a snowstorm on February 7-8; a major ice storm on February -; a second severe ice storm on February linked to an ensuing snowstorm on February -3; and a third snowstorm on February 5-. The four winter storms were one short of the February record (five) set in 979. Galena had 3. inches of snow in February, setting a new record. The winter (December-February) was the third wettest on record in Illinois, averaging.3 inches across the state, which was. inches above average. Antioch recorded the state s highest winter snow total with 7. inches. March saw a continuation of winter storm activity, and Figure shows the cyclone tracks for the March storms. March 3- had a mixture of ice, sleet, and heavy snow in central Illinois, and on March 7-8, a major snowstorm struck extreme southern Illinois. On March 8-9, a record-setting rainstorm struck southern Illinois with more than 0 inches of rain in some locations. Then another snowstorm struck northeastern Illinois on March, followed by a snowstorm along Illinois northern boundary on March 7. The average March rainfall across southern Illinois was 0. inches, making this the third wettest March on record. Illinois average rainfall for March was.5 inches,.3 inches above normal, and the March statewide average temperature was.7 F below normal, signaling a cold and wet March. Seasonal snow totals for December through mid-march were 9 inches in Antioch, 7. inches at Rockford (second snowiest on record), and 0. inches at Midway Airport (seventh snowiest total on record). The temperature for December 007 through March 008 across Illinois was. F below average. The temperature was average for December, above average in January, and then much below average in February and March. Precipitation statewide was above average in all four months, yielding a fourmonth total that was 5.9 inches above average.
13 Causes of Storms These cold-season climate anomalies were related to a persistently strong and active polar jet stream with imbedded progressive troughs over the United States. These jet stream characteristics led to the frequent development of surface low-pressure areas east of the Rockies. These areas intensified as they moved across the country, and often incorporated large amounts of water vapor from the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, they frequently produced high precipitation totals over broad regions. The progressive nature of the jet stream ridge/trough pattern allowed for brief, but anomalous air mass incursions into Illinois, creating broad temperature swings through the winter. Primary causes of the active and persistent storm track over the U.S. are difficult to determine definitively. However, there were a few prominent features that probably contributed to the situation. First and foremost, a moderate a Niña event was occurring. a Niña events are characterized by below-normal sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central equatorial Pacific and enhanced convection over the western equatorial Pacific. Associated with this, upper-level pressure is anomalously high in the north Pacific and anomalously low over western North America from the northwest U.S. to Alaska. This reflects a jet stream pattern that is shifted northward from its normal winter position over the North Pacific and southward over western North America. During the winter, this pattern was in place and in fact was stronger and more persistent than the climatological average for a Niña events. In addition, the upper-level low-pressure area over western North America extended even further to the south than the typical a Niña pattern. Thus in , the average location of the jet stream was from the Aleutian Islands into the western U.S. A second notable feature was anomalously high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean, reflecting a shift northward in the jet stream from its average winter position. These features are consistent with the stormy winter conditions in Illinois. The jet stream over the north Pacific and western North America was a focal point for the generation of storms and guidance of these and existing storms into the central and southern Rocky Mountains. Many storms then intensified on the lee side of the Rockies, which is a very typical characteristic of the life cycle of winter storms affecting the Midwest, and traveled into the central U.S. following an easterly-to-northeasterly path, ending up in the northeastern U.S. or southeastern Canada. Many storms followed a curved path, traveling east across the Great Plains, and then gradually curving more northeasterly, perhaps partly in response to the northward-shifted jet stream over the western Atlantic. Evaluating the causes of a period of anomalous weather often confronts the issue of cause and effect. The a Niña event was essentially independent of the winter storminess and thus constitutes one true cause of jet stream patterns associated with stormy weather. However, the northward shift in the jet stream over the western Atlantic was not necessarily independent. While the location and development of winter storms are partly caused by jet stream patterns, the movement of air masses that results from storm circulation patterns affects the location and strength of the jet stream. Thus, the northward shift of the jet stream over the western 5
14 /0 /0 /3 0/0 /9 /0 /0 /3 /8 /05 / /0 /08 /09 /7 / / /5 December 0/30 0/3 0/9 0/09 0/0 0/8 0/ 0/ 0/30 0/0 0/07 0/08 0/0 0/3 January Figure. Tracks of the cyclones that caused storms during December 007 and January 008.
15 Atlantic may have been caused in part by the storms circulations. Furthermore, sea surface temperatures were above normal in much of the Atlantic north of 30 deg N. This would have warmed the atmosphere and tended to shift the jet stream northward, an effect independent of the storms. Thus, the winter storminess can probably be partly attributed to jet stream patterns caused by the a Niña event. The similarity in the paths of many of these storms across the U.S. may have been influenced by high pressure over the western Atlantic. The clockwise circulation around this anomalously high pressure area also was conducive to the flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into these systems. An evaluation of the surface low-pressure characteristics (track, minimum pressure, and movement) uncovered a few interesting findings. For this discussion, the summer- then winter-storm conditions experienced on January 9-30 were associated with one surface cyclone. In terms of cyclone tracks, 70 percent ( of 3) of the surface cyclones moved through a part of Illinois as they migrated from west to east. The tracks of the storm-producing cyclones for each month appear in Figures and. On average, eight to nine cyclones move across Illinois each winter (Noel and Changnon, 998); thus, the total was double the average number. This increased cyclone frequency was also experienced in areas south of Illinois. Winter cyclone tracks that move across the United States through or south of Illinois enhance the likelihood that more precipitation will occur over the state. Cyclone minimum pressures and movement characteristics were similar to those described for winter snowstorms by Beckman (987) and Changnon et al. (008). Fourteen of the 3 surface cyclones with Illinois storms were deepening as they moved over or near Illinois, revealing that the storm dynamics were strengthening as the systems passed the region, which also enhanced precipitation amounts. These winter conditions led to more weather events (e.g., snowstorms, ice storms, heavy rain, and thunderstorms) and an overall wetter cool season. A discussion of each storm during the winter of follows. 7
16 0/8 0/ 0/05 0/07 0/0 0/0 0/05 0/7 0/0 0/ 0/ 0/3 0/3 0/ 0/ February 03/09 03/0 03/9 03/05 03/0 03/7 03/ 03/8 03/ 03/08 03/8 03/ 03/0 03/7 03/07 03/03 03/0 March Figure. Tracks of the cyclones that caused storms during February 008 and March
17 December Storms Ice Storm on December - For the second year in a row, December began with a major winter storm in Illinois. A strong surface low-pressure system organized over the Rockies on December (Figure 3). Cold air in place at the surface and warmer air moving in at mid-levels of the atmosphere created a perfect setting for freezing rain to occur in the Midwest. The surface low-pressure area quickly moved eastnortheastward from the northern Colorado Rockies on December to central Wisconsin hours later. A strong surface high east of this system created a tight east-west surface pressure gradient across the Midwest, leading to high wind speeds associated with falling precipitation. The freezing rain spread across Missouri and most of Illinois on December with snow to the north, followed by a cold front passage on December. Freezing rain covered the northern half of the state with layers of ice more than 0.5 inch thick in some areas (Figure ). Thunderstorms also occurred on December in southern Illinois and parts of northeastern Illinois. Ice in the DeKalb-aSalle-Kankakee area caused numerous vehicle accidents and downed trees and power lines. Figure 3. Surface weather map for 7 a.m. on December, 007. Moline Peoria Rockford asalle Bloomington Kankakee >0.5 >0.5 Snowstorm on December -5 A colder air mass moved into the Midwest after the ice storm, and on the morning of December, a weak surface low developed east of the Rockies in northeastern Montana. This surface low-pressure area took an Alberta Clipper track and moved southeastward over the next hours to southeastern Illinois. North of the track, snow fell in an area across northern Illinois with locations in Quincy 0. Springfield Alton NONE Effingham Urbana awrenceville Figure. Ice storm on December -, 007. Waterloo Mount Vernon Thickness of ice layers in inches is shown. 0. Carbondale Cairo 9
18 northeastern Illinois receiving or more inches of snowfall by the morning of December 5 (Figure 5). As this system exited to the Atlantic Coast, the coldest air of the season raced into Illinois. Since this was the first major snowfall in northern Illinois, numerous accidents occurred as high winds decreased visibility in rural areas. The storm mainly affected various transportation systems, causing numerous vehicle accidents in the northern part of the state. Ice Storm on December 8-9 The Midwest experienced cold Arctic air on December as another storm system organized over the Rockies. experienced a record low of 0 F on December. On Saturday, December 8, cold air settled south over the Midwest, a low-pressure center developed over the Rockies, and freezing rain fell across portions of Missouri and Illinois. This wave of low pressure moved along the stalled frontal boundary later on December 8-9 in western Kentucky (Figure ). This situation produced substantial freezing rain. Portions of Missouri had.5 inches of ice, and up to 0.5 inch of freezing rain had occurred across central and part of northern Illinois by early on December 9 (Figure ). On December 0, scattered areas of freezing rain and sleet again fell north of the frontal boundary, adding to the thickness of the existing glaze in parts of northern Missouri and Illinois, resulting in three consecutive days with freezing rain in parts of Illinois. The worst areas of ice damage were in Missouri, southern Iowa, and western Illinois, where many trees were downed and power lines were broken. By December, more than 00,000 people were without power in Missouri, 0,000 in Iowa, and 5,000 in Illinois. Power was not restored to many sites until December. Traffic accidents led to seven deaths in Illinois. Fog was widespread in northern and central Illinois on December 9, 0,, and. Snowstorm on December 5- The stormy weather pattern continued into the third week of December. A low-pressure center had developed in eastern Texas on December 5, creating a large area of precipitation north into Missouri and Illinois (Figure 7). As the surface Quincy 0.50 Quincy Moline Peoria Springfield Alton Waterloo Rockford asalle Bloomington Figure 5. Snowfall in inches on December -5, 007. Moline Peoria Springfield Alton Waterloo Cairo Cairo 7 Effingham Mount Vernon Rockford Carbondale asalle Bloomington Effingham Mount Vernon Carbondale Kankakee Urbana awrenceville Kankakee Urbana awrenceville Figure. Ice storm on December 8-9, 007, and thickness of ice layers in inches is shown
19 cyclone intensified and moved northeast toward Ohio, snow became heavy on December 5, and the storm moved north and east. Snowfall was heaviest in Illinois and northern Indiana. By the morning of December, a large area of snow of to inches covered much of the Midwest, with to 0 inches in most of central Illinois (Figure 8). St. ouis had.9 inches of snow on December 5, ranking as the fourth largest one-day total on record for December. High winds caused blizzard conditions leading to much drifting, which limited travel and caused numerous vehicle accidents. Four people died as a result of accidents caused by the storm. As temperatures warmed above freezing after the storm, a period of widespread fog occurred across the northern two-thirds of Illinois. Heavy fog was present on December 9, 0,, and, and hundreds of vehicle accidents resulted. customers in Illinois. High winds caused more than,00 flights to be cancelled at s O Hare Airport. Figure 7. Surface weather map for 7 a.m. on December 5, 007. Snowstorm on December -3 Snow developed across the northern Midwest on December in association with a deepening low-pressure system that moved from southern Oklahoma to northern Wisconsin. As this intense system moved north of Illinois on December 3, strong northwest winds and snowfall developed in the northern and western parts of the state. This became the fourth consecutive weekend with a winter storm. Snow totals in the state s northwest were in the - to -inch range (Figure 9). Winds were gusting to 50 mph across the northern half of Illinois, creating a blizzard. High winds uprooted trees and knocked out power to,000 utility Quincy Moline Peoria Springfield 8 Rockford asalle Bloomington Kankakee Urbana 8 8 Alton Effingham awrenceville Waterloo Mount Vernon Carbondale A major ice storm on December 8, 007 left this thick layer of ice on farm fences near Bushnell. Cairo Figure 8. Snowfall in inches on December 5-, 007.
20 Snowstorm on December 9-30 Fogs were widespread across central Illinois during December 7-8, ending when a storm system from the southern High Plains arrived in the Midwest on December 8 (Figure ). This surface cyclone tracked from southern New Mexico to Kansas City, and on to Southeastern Canada on December 7-9. It resulted in a snowstorm across Missouri, Iowa, and northern Illinois. Snowfall amounts in extreme northwestern Illinois were to 8 inches (Figure 0). The snow was wet and heavy, greatly hampering travel. Many damaged roofs were reported in the area where or more inches of snow fell. Numerous vehicle accidents were reported in the Freeport area. Snowstorm on December 30-3 The month s final winter storm resulted from a developing low-pressure center over northern Missouri on December 30. As it intensified and slowly moved northeastward to lower Michigan, it brought snowfall across northwestern Illinois on December Heavier amounts of snow were to inches (Figure ). Snow blocked traffic on Interstate 80 for several hours. Fog also occurred over most of northern Illinois on December 30-3, causing many vehicle accidents. Quincy Figure 0. Snowfall in inches on December 9-30, Moline Moline Peoria Springfield Alton Waterloo Peoria Cairo Rockford asalle Bloomington NONE Mount Vernon Rockford Effingham Carbondale asalle NONE Kankakee Urbana awrenceville Kankakee Bloomington Rockford Quincy Springfield Urbana Moline Peoria asalle NONE Kankakee Figure. Snowfall in inches on December 30-3, 007. Alton Effingham awrenceville Bloomington Waterloo Mount Vernon Urbana Quincy Springfield Carbondale Figure 9. Snowfall in inches on December -3, 007. Alton Effingham awrenceville Cairo Waterloo Mount Vernon Carbondale
21 January Storms Rainstorm on January 7-8 Unusual mid-winter conditions occurred during January, leading to record heavy rains in one storm and record heavy snows in another (Weatherwise, 008). A rainstorm on the night of January 7-8, produced rain for 0 to 3 hours at many locations in central and northeastern Illinois. The storm-causing weather system originated in central Colorado on January, slowly moved to central Kansas on January 7, and to central Missouri by the morning of January 8 (Figure ). It then intensified and moved northeastward into southeast Canada on January 9. The resulting heavy rains led to totals of 3 to inches in a narrow band extending from southwestern Illinois into northwestern Indiana (Figure ). The heaviest rains ( to 5 inches) fell at incoln, Downs, Fairbury, and Piper City with more than 5 inches at two Indiana stations (Rochester and Winamac). The rains were record one-day amounts for January at Peoria, incoln, and Piper City, which are locations with long historical records. A very damaging tornado, with a EF3 scale (5 mph winds), occurred in northern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. on January 7. On its 3-mile long path, the tornado blew cars of a passing freight train off the track near Harvard and badly damaged the rest of the train. Another tornado developed in southeastern Illinois, and moved into Indiana where it caused two deaths. Rain fell onto saturated soils and quickly became runoff into streams and rivers that were already at or above average levels. The result was widespread flooding in northern sections of Illinois and Indiana. Rivers producing major floods included the Iroquois, Kankakee, northern Vermilion, and Sangamon. These rivers are tributaries of the Illinois River and thus caused it to rise well above flood stage at asalle, Peoria, Havana, Beardstown, and Hardin. The Iroquois River reached 8 feet above flood stage at Watseka, and the Vermilion crested on Quincy 3 3 Moline Peoria Springfield Alton Waterloo Rockford Cairo asalle tornado Bloomington Effingham Mount Vernon Carbondale Kankakee 3 Urbana tornado awrenceville Figure. Rainfall in inches on January 7-8,
22 January 9 at 5 feet above flood stage at Pontiac. January 008 flood crests at Iroquois and Pontiac, Illinois, and Shelby, Indiana, ranked as the second highest on record. At Pontiac the crest reached 8.8 feet on January 8, compared with a -foot flood stage. (The record is 9. feet set in December 98.) At Iroquois the flood peak reached 5.7 feet on January 8, as compared to the flood stage of 8 feet. (The record is.3 feet set in June 958.) Flood damages were excessive at Pontiac and Watseka. The Governor declared Iroquois and ivingston Counties disaster areas. Partially flooded Illinois communities included Buckley, Momence, and Mahomet. One man died when his auto hit deep water over a road near Paxton; another died when he fell into a flooded basement in Pontiac; and three drowned in northern Indiana. More than,550 people had to be evacuated in Watseka; 30 homes and most schools were badly flooded in Watseka and Pontiac. More than 00 homes were evacuated in Pontiac. Saturated soils caused burials to be delayed. Power outages also occurred, and floods damaged basements, ruining furniture and rugs. Businesses were closed for 7 to 0 days. Increased sales of sump pumps, boots, and boats occurred in the region. Surprisingly, the federal government refused to grant relief aid to Iroquois and ivingston Counties, and angry local officials appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to change their decision. On Flooding in the streets and house yards in Watseka on January 9, 008, a result of heavy rainfall on January 7-8.
23 March 7, FEMA reversed its decision and agreed that a disaster area did exist in the two counties. By March 30, FEMA had awarded $3.3 million in grants to local residents in the two counties, and the Small Business Administration provided $80,000 in low-interest loans to damaged businesses. Snowstorm on January - From January 7 to January 7 much of Illinois experienced a period of sustained cold weather. A relatively weak snow event occurred on January -. A surface system located in western Utah on the morning of January quickly moved eastward to Michigan by the morning of January. As a result, snow fell across the northern half of Illinois. Many areas in northern Illinois received - inches of light-density snow, and the highest amounts were to 7 inches (Figure 3). This system caused only minor impacts to transportation systems in this region. Summer and Winter Storms on January 9-30 Cold air penetrated the Midwest on January 0 and again on January, setting a record low of - F at incoln on January 5. Then, warm air moved north across the Midwest on January 8-9. This warm air advection occurred in association with a developing low-pressure system initially located in northern Nebraska on January 8 and moving east, then northeastward, to a location north of ake Superior by the morning of January 9 (Figure ). Over the 8-hour period from 7 a.m. EST on January 8, the surface low pressure dropped 3 millibars (mb) from 998 mb to 975 mb. Warm, moist air covered Illinois on the morning of January 9. Temperatures ranged from 0 F to 30 F above average, and record-high values occurred at St. ouis (73 F), with incoln and Springfield at F. A strong cold front approached from the west, followed by cold Arctic air, and the system moved eastward across the state during the afternoon of January 9. Figure shows three maps of National Quincy 7 7 Moline Peoria Springfield 7 7 Rockford asalle Bloomington Kankakee Urbana Figure 3. Snowfall in inches for January -, 008. Frontal wave to intensify Central pressures drop as system intensifies January 9 Potential snowfall Forecast totals January 9 afternoon into January 30 morning Predicted movement of cold air Effingham Cold Alton air moving across the Midwest awrenceville Two impulses combine into snow-generating wave 8.8 Daybreak Jan Noon 9.9 Jan 9 Passes across Daybreak Jan 9 around 3 p.m. ocal 0- snow totals eading edge of cold air Waterloo Evening Jan 8 Mount Vernon Carbondale a.m. Jan 9 Cairo p.m. Jan 9 a.m. Jan 30 Figure. Map on left shows locations of low-pressure center on January 9, 008. Map in center shows the forecasted snowfall for northeastern Illinois on January 9-30, and the map on the right shows the predicted movement of a cold front across Illinois on January 8-9 (NWS). 5
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