The State Climatologist says that Illinois is “on track” as far as when the first snowfall hits and the average amount of snowfall in the state.
State Climatologist, Jim Angel, released his report on the median date of the first snowfall and the normal snowfall totals in the state this week. According to Angel, the average date of the first snowfall ranges depending on where you are located in the state. For instance, the northern portion of the state usually gets their first snowfall near Thanksgiving, while southern areas, like Carbondale, usually do not see snow until December 20th. Angel placed the Effingham area as usually receiving our first snowfall around December 5th. Additionally, the annual snowfall total in the state ranges from 3 feet in northern Illinois, to 2 feet in central Illinois, and 1 foot in southern Illinois.
Angel says that Illinois is on track this year as far as the average first snowfall.