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Central Ill. towns breaking all-time snow records

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 3:30 a.m. CST

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — At least a handful of central Illinois cities can now say this long, cold winter is officially the snowiest ever.

Chris Geelhart is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Lincoln. He tells WJBC radio http://bit.ly/1ghNzWy that Normal, Mattoon, Danville and Lincoln have all set new marks for snowiest winter in recorded history.

And he says Peoria and Springfield are close.

Mattoon's 38.1 inches of snow so far this winter broke a record that dated to 1898-99.

Danville has had 43.6 inches of snow so far and broke a record set in 1942-43. Lincoln's 39.9 inches set a record established in 1981-82. And Normal's 46.5 inches broke a record that had stood since 1961-62.

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Information from: WJBC-AM, http://www.wjbc.com

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