January 2017 – One of the Least Snowy on Record

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On average, January is the snowiest month of the year for the Peoria area. With January 2017 coming to an end, it looks like it could be one of the least snowy Januarys on record.

As of January 30th, Peoria has only received a half inch of snow in the month of January. That is significantly less than the 6.6 inches of snow that the Peoria area averages during the month and makes January 2017 the 8th least snowiest January on record. Even though snow was lacking, Peoria has seen 1.57″ of rain which is only slightly below average.

Peoria has now seen just 6.0 inches of snow in the 2016-2017 winter season thanks to 5.5 inches that fell in December. While spotty snow flurries will be possible before January ends, it is unlikely anything measurable will fall.

Even though the Winter season is nearly half way over, the month of February is Peoria’s second snowiest month on average. The Climate Prediction Center is projecting that Central Illinois could see above average precipitation during the month of February, though the temperature outlook is a little more uncertain. If temperatures can remain near average through the month of February, we could make up some ground in that snow deficit.  

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