- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois climate experts say this February was the seventh coldest on record in the state.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature last month was 18.6 degrees. That’s 12.3 degrees below average. It’s also been a cold last three months. Angel says the average temperature for December, January and February was 26.1 degrees or 7.5 degrees below average.

February snowfall was above average across Illinois. Western and northern Illinois had between 15 and 20 inches of snow and central and far southern Illinois had between 10 and 15 inches. Angel says that’s 8 to 12 inches above averages in many places.

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