Warmer and drier than average weather in Illinois is being called for in the long range forecast. The increased chances of higher temperatures and less precipitation for the rest of the winter and into the spring are being driven by the El Nino effect. That's a warming of the waters in the Pacific Ocean.
State Climatologist Jim Angel says that should fade by late spring or early summer, and could be replaced by La Nina in late summer.
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Angel says Illinois has received below average snowfall this winter. Totals are 10 - 25% less than normal in northern Illinois and 25 - 50% in the southern half of the state.