February 2018: Wettest on Record

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- February continues to be a month that is defying the odds when it comes to snowfall AND rainfall.

A moderate to heavy rainfall event Saturday night on top of previous heavy rain and snow-producing systems earlier this month ending up setting a new record for Rockford, now making February 2018 the wettest February on record. The previous record was set back in 1944.

The amount of liquid contained in the nearly 17.5" of snowfall that we have seen so far this month along with two heavy rainfall producing systems have pushed our monthly liquid precipitation total to an impressive 3.61".

The heaviest rains fell during the period of February 19th and 20th when Rockford picked up 1.71" of rainfall, followed by another 0.49" of rainfall on February 23rd and 24th. Unusually high amounts of moisture have been spread much further north compared to normal, which has led to the heavier rains recently.

The timing of these rains resulted in rapid runoff since the ground remained frozen, sending much of it into area rivers and streams. River flooding is expected to continue as we close out the month of February this week.

An active pattern is likely to continue into the first week of March with more chances for rain beginning Thursday.