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Blizzard brings 16-18″ of snow to Carol Stream; big question is how it will all melt

February 7, 2011

The Groundhog Day blizzard of 2011 brought up to a foot and a half of snow to the area, along with up to 1.1″ of water-equivalent precipitation. The total depth of snow after the storm was about 20″, and 1.4″ of water.

Light snow has occasionally peppered the area since the storm, but warm weather is expected next week. This will melt much of the snow; however, storm drains are blocked and the ground is frozen, so the snow will immediately become runoff.

As no rain is expected, this is not expected to become a flooding situation. There may be standing water where drainage is poor as a result of the blizzard.

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  1. February 12, 2011 9:14 pm

    Snow melt is a spring game changer. Up north in ND (Red River Basin) they do flights to determine soil moisture in snow in order to forecast spring floods.

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