Snowfall totals from Thursday's storm average about 1.5 inches across Central Illinois. (Stephanie Pawlowski/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - Before Thursday's storm, Bloomington-Normal went 290 days without a measurable snowfall.
That's the sixth longest period for the Twin Cities since weather records have been kept. State Climatologist Jim Angel said a lot of places hadn't seen any snow since last February.
"It's kinda an early end to the last snowfall season thanks to the really warm temperatures in March and then this November, early December was warm and dry, so that combination put a lot of places in Illinois in some of their longest stretches without snowfall," Angel said.
There's another storm already tracking towards Central Illinois and it should hit the day after Christmas.
"The center of the low is supposed to track through southern Illinois. That means we'll be on the snow side of this system," Angel said. "This time, we got a lot of rain and a little bit of snow because it tracked farther north through Iowa and northern Illinois and so forth, but this one is tracking through southern Illinois."
Angel said it's hard to predict snowfall totals with the storm being so far out.
He also thinks this winter will be average.