Record snowfall in Illinois capital from storm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Parts of central Illinois have registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.

Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports that the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday. It cites the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of snow that fell on the capital, Springfield, broke a previous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimeters).

The storm lashed the region starting Friday and lasting into Sunday. The weather service says 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) of snow fell on Springfield over the three days.

Jacksonville, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Springfield, got even more at nearly 16 inches (40 centimeters).