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Wintry Mix in the Northeast; Critical Fire Weather in Southern California

A large storm will bring snow and rain over parts of the Midwest into the Northeast. Heavy lake effect snow is expected down wind from Lakes Erie and Ontario and into New England. Gusty offshore winds will drive several days of critical fire weather in southern California. Above-average to record-breaking temperatures are expected across much of Southern California into Nevada and Arizona Read More >

Overview

Just a week removed from an early season blizzard, a late season severe weather outbreak resulted in several tornadoes across central and southwest Illinois on December 1st. Storm surveys and reports have indicated that 29 tornadoes occurred across the state, the largest December outbreak since 1957. The town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was hardest hit. This particular supercell took a long path from the eastern fringes of the St. Louis metro area, to east of Bloomington. Other supercells tracked up the Illinois River valley in west central Illinois.

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Information on the event from other NWS offices:

Beardstown tornado at 3:25 pm. Photo by Andrew Pritchard.
Near Beardstown at 3:25 pm (photo copyright Andrew Pritchard)
Drone imagery over Taylorville. Photo by Kevin Lighty. Track Map of All Tornadoes Tornado near Taylorville. Photo by Robert Wolfe.
Taylorville (photo copyright Kevin Lighty) Track map of all tornadoes Taylorville (photo copyright Robert Wolfe)
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