Spring snow-wakening

By Alyssa Donovan

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 9:31 PM CDT

LINCOLN, Ill.-- Five days into Spring and it seems like mother nature has missed the memo.

Sunday night’s storm has put snow removal at the top of Central Illinois's spring cleaning list.

A year ago at this time people were outside mowing their lawns in record breaking warm temperatures.

This March it looks like some different records may be broken.

National Weather Service's Chris Miller says cities south of Lincoln got hit the hardest.

Miller said, "There very well could be some records particularly around Springfield over toward Decatur and those areas. There were some areas that received 15 to over 18 inches of snow."

Although there were not any records broken here in Central Illinois, the amount of snow is higher than normal.

Miller said, "To see this type of, this depth of snow, anywhere from 5 inches up to 7 or 8 inches. We've seen that a few times it's not extremely unheard of but not something we see every year that's for sure."

City of Lincoln’s Street Superintendent Tracy Jackson says last week they were outside trimming trees, which he hopes to get back to later this week.

Jackson said, “We've been plowing since midnight so 12 and a half hours and tonight we'll pick up the downtown snow."

While the crew was able to clear off the streets, the foot of snow caused a few problems for the street department earlier Monday morning.

Jackson said, "When we were out there you couldn't see where the roadway is, we had 3 trucks get stuck in ditches so we had to get them out, one pull one push to get them out of the ditches."

But good news for Jackson and his crew, Miller says that right now there is no more snow in the forecast.

Miller said, “We're typically not out of the woods until April. Than we're safe to say the snow is behind us."

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