Winter weather roundup Feb. 3, 2014
Following is a collection of news on the winter storm set to his East Central Illinois on Tuesday. If you have information to add, leave a comment on this story. If you have a closing or cancellation to report, call 351-5300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. School cancellations require a code word.
National Weather Service previews storm
The grip of old man winter will tighten on East Central Illinois once again this week.
Forecaster Dan Smith with the National Weather Service office in Lincoln said the snow will start falling in East Central Illinois on Tueday afternoon.
Overall, the weather service said seven inches of snow is expected in the Champaign-Urbana area. But WDWS meteorologist Greg Soulje said snowfall could be in the eight to 10 inch range.
Also, the weather service said blowing snow will be a problem with this storm. And on Thursday and Friday, wind chill values in the minus eight to minus 15 range are expected.
More from the National Weather Service can be found here.
Watches and warnings
A winter storm warning has been issued for East Central Illinois, except Ford and Iroquois counties, from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday.
For Ford and Iroquois counties, a winter storm watch has been issued from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.
This weather will create hazardous travel conditions. You should drive slow, give yourself extra time to reach your destination and keep extra room between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you.
You should also make sure you have winter weather supplies in your home and car, and be sure to check frequently on pets and the elderly.
Forecast and conditions
A look at the forecast and current conditions can be found here.
Closings and cancellations
A list of closings and cancellations can be found here.
Our weatherman chimes in
Meteorologist Greg Soulje's blog, including recent posts on the weather ahead, can be found here.
A look back at January
The numbers showed that January was colder and snowier than normal in Champaign-Urbana.
State Climatologist Jim Angel said the average temperature last month was 19.2 degrees. That's 5.6 degrees below normal.
Looking at snowfall, Angel said C-U saw 14.4 inches last month. That's 7.6 inches above normal.
Angel said Jan. 6 was the most active weather day of the month. The morning snow measurement checked in at 5.9 inches, and the low of minus 14 broke the old record low of minus 10 set in 1912.
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