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Event Blizzard
State ILLINOIS
County/Area JO DAVIESS
WFO DVN
Report Source Trained Spotter
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-12-21 02:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-12-21 17:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A powerful arctic cold front swept across the region on December 20-21, 2008. Ahead of the front, 1 to 3 inches of fluffy snow fell during the afternoon of December 20. The snow was confined to locations in Iowa and Illinois along and north of Interstate 80. After this snowfall ended by evening, snow depths north of Highway 34 ranged from 5 to 12 inches. With the passage of the arctic cold front, northwest winds gradually increased to 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph late in the evening on December 20 through the day on December 21. This created ground blizzard conditions with frequent whiteouts as visibilities were reduced to 1/4 mile or less, especially in rural and open areas. With temperatures below zero, wind chill readings were as low as 30 to 40 below zero. The combination of blizzard conditions and very cold temperatures made for a dangerous situation.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEPHENSON (ZONE) STEPHENSON (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 02:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARROLL (ZONE) CARROLL (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 02:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JO DAVIESS (ZONE) JO DAVIESS (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 02:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITESIDE (ZONE) WHITESIDE (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROCK ISLAND (ZONE) ROCK ISLAND (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENRY (ZONE) HENRY (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 11:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUREAU (ZONE) BUREAU (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 11:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PUTNAM (ZONE) PUTNAM (ZONE) IL 12/21/2008 11:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K