DECATUR — The
National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of Central Illinois, including Macon and surrounding counties.
"Accumulating snowfall is possible Sunday night through Monday evening," the weather service said. "The Monday morning and evening commutes may be impacted."
In Decatur, rain and snow are possible before 4 a.m. Saturday, and snow is possible after 4 a.m.
Throughout Saturday, the weather conditions will include a possible mix of rain and snow in the morning, and a chance of more snow after 5 p.m. Temperatures could reach a high of 37 degrees.
Sunday will be sunny and cold, with a high of 30 degrees, and there's a 50% chance of snow on Sunday night. Snow is also likely on Monday in Decatur, the forecast said.
Brrr! All-time snowfall records
February 23, 1914
13 inches of snow fell on February 23, 1914. This is the
in February in Central Illinois, and the most snow to fall in a calendar day or a 24-hour period. See the highest snowfall newspaper clipping.
Big snow, big news
The January 13, 1927 snowfall was big news for the
January 13, 1927
11 inches of snow fell on January 13, 1927. See the newspaper clipping from the
October 23, 1929
2.7 inches of snow fell on October 23, 1929. The photo caption from
reads, "Winter cast its first blanket of snow this year over the city Wednesday, and The Pantagraph cameraman, perched on the top floor of the Peoples bank building, caught a view of the white-topped business houses. The above picture is a view of the southeast section of the downtown district. It was the earliest snowfall here in 13 years." The Pantagraph
A rare second photograph
The photo caption from
reads, "And snow visited Illinois Wesleyan university, too. Miss Marilla McCoy, I. W. U. student, and Miss Bessie Louise Smith of the music school faculty were commenting on it when the photographer noticed them beside the snow covered entrance of the university at Main Street." The Pantagraph
Traces of snow in May
May holds several records for traces of snow: May 3 and 4, 1917; May 2, 1929; May 1, 1940; May 11, 1952. See a newspaper clipping from the
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