It was a near miss with Sunday’s record breaking snowstorm that pounded downstate Illinois with nearly a foot and a half of snow in some spots. Residual effects from the storm might churn up a few flurries or light snow showers here but we should make it through Monday relatively unscathed. St. Louis saw over a foot of snow yesterday and Springfield reported 17″, both records for the date. Champaign will end up with nearly a foot of snow.
What a difference a year makes for snowfall! 48.7% of the contiguous US has snow cover compared to just 7.7% on this date last year. We have seen 30″ of snow at O’Hare so far this winter compared with 19.8″ last year.
Today will be the 14th straight day with below average temperatures here. While we do see a warm up by the weekend back to about average (lower 50s), the long range outlook through the first week of April calls for spring to stay on hold. The 8-14 day forecast from the Climate Prediction Center has us outlooked for below average temperatures (top image below) and above average precipitation for the period.