March weather in Illinois has so far been colder and drier than normal.  State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average statewide temperature for the first half of March was 29 degrees, which is about nine degrees below normal. 

And he says we’ve only received about two-thirds of the precipitation we normally would this time of year.

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According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of Central Illinois are still in a “moderate” drought, while while many areas of northwestern and western Illinois are categorized as “abnormally dry.”

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