PEORIA — The seemingly endless winter storm Saturday was one for the record books.
And there could be another storm on the way.
"We're watching another storm developing and it likely will arrive Friday and Saturday," said a National Weather Service forecaster in Lincoln. "It looks more northerly, and it could arrive as freezing rain and transition into snow. It's still very early, and we're seeing a lot of different outcomes in the (computer) models. Typically, we see one six-inch snowfall event for the Peoria area for the entire winter season, once every other year. So we've certainly checked off that box."
A total of 10.7 inches of snow was reported at the Peoria international airport on Saturday, according to the Weather Service. The previous record for Jan. 12 was 6 inches, achieved in 1905.
Weather Service records suggest the snowfall Saturday was the second-highest for a January day. The overall daily record for the month is 12.2 inches, set Jan. 13, 1979.
Records date back 126 years.
Peoria exceeded its predicted snowfall by at least 2 inches, according to Sie Maroon of the city's Public Works Department. At least some snow fell almost the entire day.
As of about 5 p.m. Sunday, the total official snowfall in Peoria from this storm was 11.2 inches, according to the Weather Service. That included one-tenth of an inch reported Friday night and three-tenths of an inch measured in the first six or so hours of Sunday.
Plowing of residential streets in Peoria began at 7 a.m. Sunday, Maroon stated in an email. He suggested the plowing could take up to 24 hours to complete.
The amount of snow and its heavy, wet consistency is to blame, according to Maroon.
"We will get to all of the jurisdictional city streets, but we ask for some patience and understanding until they are completed," he stated.
In the Tri-County Area, 13.5 inches of snow fell in Hanna City, 13 inches in Germantown Hills, 13.8 inches in Dunlap, 12.5 inches in Chillicothe and 12 inches in Delavan and in Pekin, and 10.5 inches in Washington and East Peoria, the Weather Service reported Sunday evening.
Spotters in Hopedale, Mackinaw and Mapleton reported 11 inches each.
In general, snowfall totals were higher south and southwest of Peoria, with lower totals north and northwest.
The top snowfall in the Journal Star area appears to be 16 inches, reported Sunday about 3 miles west of Macomb.
Other totals of note were 14 inches in Carthage, 12.8 inches in Bushnell, 12.7 inches in Canton, 12.5 inches in Mason City, 12 inches in Havana, 9.3 inches in Gilson, 8 inches in Kewanee, 6.8 inches in Galesburg, 6.5 inches in Granville and 6 inches in Princeton.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reported most major highways in the area were covered with ice and snow.
A Bushnell police officer said highways in his area had turned to mush early in the day but on Sunday evening were re-freezing, and that "it's hard to say road conditions are good. Our crews are working non-stop in town and have those handled, and we're not aware yet of any closings for businesses or schools."