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Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Midwest Region for December 2016 – February 2017. Dated March 2017.
A stationary boundary coupled with freezing surface temperatures produced a widespread freezing rain event in the southern and central Midwest January 13–17. Some of the worst conditions were in Missouri and southern Illinois, where .25 to .50 inch of ice was common, causing widespread damage to trees and power lines. Parts of southwest Missouri received up to three-quarters of an inch of ice. Chicago did not have any snow cover in January or February for the first time in 146 years.
NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Program created these Climate Outlooks to inform the public about recent climate impacts within their respective regions. Each regional report contains easy-to-understand language, and anyone can access them through the Drought Portal at https://www.drought.gov/drought/resources/reports.