About 9 inches of snow fell in Bloomington-Normal on Sunday and Monday. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - It's rare for Bloomington-Normal to get this much snow this late in the season but it's not unheard of, according to National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Miller.
"We've had some winter storms even in the middle of April that exceeded what we've experienced here over the last couple of days," Miller said.
The Twin Cities got about nine inches of snow - easily its largest snowstorm of the season - while areas to the south including Champaign and Springfield were hit much harder.
Miller said Bloomington-Normal recorded nearly 5 inches of snow during an April 1997 storm and got 11 inches during a snow event in April of 1982.
Miller says Bloomington-Normal is still about 3 inches below average for snow this season, but could still catch up in the coming weeks.
"We tend to see (April snow) about every four to five years on average. In fact, the Bloomington-Normal area averages around an inch of snow for the month. So, we're not out of the woods yet," Miller said.
The last April snowstorm in McLean County came in 2009, when Bloomington-Normal got about three inches.
There's no snow in the 10-day forecast. Temperatures are expected to steadily rise into the mid-50s by Easter weekend.
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