CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois climate experts say the state saw the fourth wettest February and March on record this year.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says the statewide average precipitation for the two months was 8.69 inches. The wettest February-March period was in 1898 with 8.96 inches.

In March, statewide average precipitation was just more than 4 inches, about an inch above normal. The southern Illinois city of Carlyle saw the most precipitation during March with 8.38 inches. March snowfall numbers were largely due to one storm that stretched from the Quad Cities to Danville on March 24 and 25. Eureka in central Illinois saw nearly 11 ½ inches of snow last month.

The March temperature statewide average was 38.7 degrees, about 2 ½ degrees below normal.

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