280 snowless days unusual, but no record

CHAMPAIGN — Being snowless this far into December is unusual in East Central Illinois, but not unheard of.

Still, the weather forecast for the next two weeks doesn't give snow-lovers much to cheer about. That means that Champaign-Urbana will build on its current streak of 280 days without a measurable snow.

Forecast says cold but sunnier as the week progresses

CHAMPAIGN — After a rainy, foggy start to the week, the National Weather Service says the next couple days will be colder and windy, but most of the week should be sunny.

Temperatures will drop below freezing overnight Sunday into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Monday will bring a chance of snow flurries and a high temperature around 34 degrees.

Monday high temperature sets record for date, ties mark for December

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana set a record high temperature for Dec. 3 and tied the all-time December high reading early Monday afternoon.

The temperature officially reached 71 degrees at 1:29 p.m. Monday, tying the month's highest reading set on Dec. 4, 1998, and breaking the old Dec. 3 record of 68 degrees in 1970.

Weather service says high near 70 on Monday; dense fog and thunderstorms likely

CHAMPAIGN — After a mild weekend opened the month of December, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 70 degrees on Monday afternoon and warns of dense fog early Monday morning.

After midnight tonight, visibility could be recuded to less than a quarter-mile. A dense fog advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday.

Ameren workers back from helping after hurricane

DANVILLE — In 60 years, Dan Mushrush had never been to New Jersey before. And his first visit there this month wasn't about sightseeing.

Back-to-back mild winters? Don't bet on it

LINCOLN — Don't expect a repeat of last winter's mild temperatures and meager snowfall, says National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Shimon.

Local police help out after Sandy

URBANA — Three local police officers had extra reason to give thanks this year. They don't live in New Jersey.

But Jay Loschen, Michael Wertz and Ryan Lepp were more than happy to go to the hurricane-ravaged state earlier this month to put their police skills to use helping officers there, many who had lost their homes.

Road salt the same or cheaper this year

CHAMPAIGN — After rising steadily for the past 10 years, road salt prices dropped 10 percent for the city this year.

C-U saw cool, wet October

CHAMPAIGN — October was cooler and wetter than normal, the second consecutive month of those conditions in Champaign-Urbana after an unusually warm and dry first part of 2012.

The average temperature last month was 51.6 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees below normal. The average daily high was 61.3 degrees, almost 4 degrees below the average October high.

Ameren sending more workers to help with aftermath of Sandy

ST. LOUIS — Ameren will send another wave of workers to the East Coast to help repair downed power lines and other damage left in the trail of superstorm Sandy.

The local electricity and gas utility earlier this week had already sent 550 Ameren workers to Somerset and Lawrenceville, N.J., to assist the utility workers there.