Central Illinois Daily Life Feb. 4 - Feb. 11

Images of events and every day life in Central Illinois as seen through the lenses of News-Gazette photographers.

January was warmer, wetter than normal


CHAMPAIGN — January was warmer and wetter than normal, according to weather statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.

Winds damage Deere dealership in Ashmore

ASHMORE — Strong winds from a storm damaged several buildings at a John Deere dealership in Ashmore late Tuesday night.

Nobody was reported hurt.

Josh Long, store manager for the John Deere facility, said the storm blew through town between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Flood advisory issued for Sugar Creek

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Sugar Creek at Milford in Iroquois County.  It's in effect until Friday morning.

The weather service said the water level on the Sugar Creek was at around nine feet on Wednesday morning, and it's expected to double by Thursday afternoon.

Severe thunderstorm warning expires

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for west central Macon County until 6 p.m. Tuesday.  Be on the lookout for other weather advisories throughout the evening.

Dense fog advisory extended until 4 a.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — The National Weather Service has extended its dense fog advisory until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the weather service, visibility will be one quarter of a mile or less, with some areas experiencing visibility dropping to near zero.

Fog advisory, flood watch issued

The National Weather has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for Champaign, DeWitt, McLean, Piatt and Vermilion counties until 4am Tuesday morning and for Ford and Iroquois Counties until 6am Tuesday morning.  Visibility will be one quarter of a mile or less, with some areas seeing visibility dropping to near zero.

Warm and wet to begin the week; cold to follow later

CHAMPAIGN — Temperatures could get as high as 65 degrees early this week, but plenty of rain is expected, too, and cold temperatures will return by Thursday.

Freezing rain advisory for Sunday

LINCOLN - The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a freezing rain advisory from 9am to 6pm
Accumulations of one- to two-tenths of an inch of ice can be expected.
The freezing rain will create icy conditions on untreated roads, bridges and overpasses, resulting in
hazardous driving conditions. Sidewalks and parking lots will likely become slick, making walking

Cold? Yes, but it could be worse

CHAMPAIGN — East Central Illinois is enduring its first cold snap in 23 months as temperatures are forecast to remain below normal until Sunday.

Still, it could be much worse.