On March 24, 2013, a snowstorm hit Springfield, Illinois. According to weather reports, Springfield got 17 inches of snow, and was described as the last of an unusual winter that seemed would never end, breaking previous records for the day in history.
Monday classes at the University of Illinois were cancelled due to the storm, and roads stayed hazardous all throughout the south of Chicago.
On a side note, Springfield, IL just experienced a raise in unemployment in the month of February 2013. It rose to 9.2 percent due to factors such as change in tourism, season construction worker layoffs, and temporary hires.