Record-breaking pattern erases snowfall drought in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Snow has been hard to come by so far this season, that is until our most recent active pattern produced a record-breaking nine consecutive days of measurable snowfall that totaled over 16 inches! The previous record was seven days set back in 1994. Our records for Rockford date back to 1905.

Our deficit began in November of 2017 and grew exponentially through late January of this year. By the first of February, the snowfall deficit grew in excess of a foot below the seasonal normal. The lack of snowfall also caused a minor short-term drought to develop.

As of February 11, our seasonal snowfall total has now reached 27.0". The normal is 26.6", giving us a surplus for the season and putting an end to the snow drought, for now.

One thing to watch over the next several weeks is how the temperature pattern evolves. With all of this moisture sitting on the ground and many rivers still covered with ice, we'll want to keep tabs on the potential for river flooding, especially if all of the snow rapidly melts while the ice tries to move downstream.

The outlook for the remaining weeks of February calls for slightly above-average temperatures and slightly above-average precipitation.