Sunday’s snowfall obliterated the record for the highest snow total on March 24, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record was 2.4 inches in 1947.
The storm may have also set a new Springfield record for snow in a 24-hour period.
The early spring snowstorm dumped 17.4 inches at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport and 18.5 inches elsewhere in the city.
Prior to this past weekend, Springfield’s all-time record for the most snow in a 24-hour period was 15 inches, which fell Feb. 28, 1900.
The heavy snowfall caused a shed to collapse at Carter Brothers Lumber in Sherman.
Kathy Seebold, a manager at Carter Brothers, said no one was inside the 30-by-50-foot shed when it collapsed around 6:45 a.m. Monday.
Nearby workers heard popping and cracking noises just before the collapse.
“The weight of the snow snapped one of the trusses. When one comes down, they all come down,” Seebold said.
Seebold expects that they will be able to recover the lumber that was stored in the shed. She did not have a dollar estimate of the damage.
Among the snow totals reported by weather spotters and others on the NWS website:
* 18.5 inches, Springfield
* 17.7 inches, Taylorville
* 17.1 inches, Sherman
* 17 inches, Williamsville
* 16.1 inches, Jerome
* 16 inches, Pana
* 15 inches, Lake Springfield
* 11 inches, Beardstown
Springfield’s “Most snow in 24 Hours” records include:
1. 15 inches, Feb. 28, 1900.
2. 13.3 inches, Jan. 1-2, 1999.
3. 12.6 inches, Jan. 30-31, 1914.
4. 11.3 inches, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2008.
5. 11.2 inches, Feb. 12-13, 2007.
6. 10.9 inches, Dec. 19, 1973.
7. 10.7 inches, Feb. 12, 1894.
8. 10.5 inches, Dec. 24, 1915.
9. 10.3 inches, Feb. 23-24, 1965.
10. 9.4 inches, March 19-20, 1906.
The State Journal-Register
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RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL 725 AM CDT TUE MAR 26 2013 ...RECORD 24 HOUR SNOWFALL 17 INCHES AT SPRINGFIELD IL ON MARCH 24... ...TIED GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 16 INCHES AT SPRINGFIELD ON MARCH 25... THE 17 INCHES OF SNOW AT SPRINGFIELD IL ON SUNDAY MARCH 24TH SET THE 24 HOUR SNOWFALL RECORD. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 15 INCHES SET ON FEB 28 1900. A STORM TOTAL OF 18.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN 30 HOURS AT SPRINGFIELD FROM 1 AM SUNDAY MAR 24TH THROUGH 7 AM MONDAY MAR 25TH. THE SNOW DEPTH OF 16 INCHES AT SUNRISE ON MONDAY MARCH 25TH IN SPRINGFIELD TIED A RECORD FOR DEEPEST SNOW DEPTH. THIS SNOW DEPTH OF 16 INCHES WAS ALSO REACHED ON JAN 14-18TH 1918 AND MAR 8-9TH 1978. SNOWFALL RECORDS IN SPRINGFIELD BEGAN IN 1881. THIS IS PRELIMINARY DATA UNTIL CERTIFIED BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATE DATA CENTER (NCDC).
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