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Question: There comes a spring day in every Central Illinois snowblower-owner’s life that it’s “safe” to empty out the gas tank, unplug the spark plug and store it in a corner of the garage until November. Do you know what precise date that is?

Answer: If you go by history, at the end of today. Sixty-six years ago today, on April 17, 1953, the Bloomington-Normal area got three inches of snow. According to weather records, that ranks as the latest it has ever snowed a measurable amount here.

 

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