CLINTON — Mother Nature gave the Gateway area a break from the snow Monday, but not before setting a record.
The area endured eight consecutive days of snowfall during the last week, said James Blaess, Gateway-area weather observer for the U.S. government. That broke a record that has stood for more than 130 years.
The previous record of seven straight snow days was set Jan. 14 to 20, 1886.
When the first bit of snow came on Feb. 4, it wasn't a significant amount, coming in at 0.3 inches.
By the time the final accumulated snowfall occurred on Sunday, the total snowfall for February ballooned to 12.8 inches.
Getting to that 12.8 inches didn't come with a major snow event. It was a gradual increase, with the majority coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The area saw 1.8 inches on Friday, 2 inches on Saturday and 2.5 inches on Sunday, accumulating almost half of the eight-day total in three days.
Gateway-area students received a three-day weekend thanks not only to the snowfall, but to the reports of elevated totals.
Snow did fall Thursday night into Friday, but not to the level that forecasters were predicting.
Either way, schools will now have to make up the day missed on Friday. The Clinton School District will make up the snow day on May 31. The River Bend School District in Fulton, Illinois will make up the day on March 5. Northeast schools will make up the snow day on Feb. 19, and Camanche students will come back after Memorial Day, to finish off the school year on May 29.
According to the National Weather Service, the chance of snow is unlikely. There is a good chance for warmer weather, though.
Highs in the 40s are expected Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.