Winter weather advisory expires for northern counties

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties until 8 a.m. Saturday.

Wet snow and ice will make travel hazardous.

Slick roadways lead to accidents

Illinois State Police are responding to several accidents Tuesday morning due to slick roadways in some spots across East Central Illinois.

Accidents have backed up traffic at Interstate 74 eastbound near Danville, I-74 westbound near Oakwood and I-72 eastbound near Decatur.

UPDATE: 16-year-old dies when Amtrak train hits car in Humboldt

UPDATE, 1 p.m. Friday:

HUMBOLDT — The Coles County Coroner said a 16-year-old boy was killed Friday morning when his car was struck by a southbound Amtrak train in Humboldt, about halfway between Arcola and Mattoon.

Coroner Ed Schniers said John Nisbet III was killed around 8 a.m. Friday. Schniers said Nisbet was the only person in the car.

It's a nice day for a drive with March on the horizon

A monsoon one week, majestic the next. That's central Illinois weather for you. Here are a few numbers of note as the calendar turns to March:

UPDATE: flood watch issued for southern counties

UPDATE, 11:27 a.m. Friday:

A flood watch has been issued for Coles, Edgar, and Shelby counties until Saturday night. Two inches of rain are expected in these areas.

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UPDATE, 12:49 a.m. Friday:

Rauner declares Vermilion, Iroquois, Kankakee counties disaster areas

DANVILLE — On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner's office declared Vermilion, Iroquois and Kankakee counties disaster areas due to flooding earlier in the week.

'This was really Mother Nature kicking all of our butts'

CHAMPAIGN — With more than 5 inches of rain so far this week, plumbers have been busy.

"Overwhelming would be an understatement," said Lucas Schoonover, operation supervisor for Schoonover Sewer Service. "We've had about three times the call volume of a normal day. In a normal day, we may get between 35 and 40 calls. In the last two days, we've had over 200 calls."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2018

Assistant Circulation Manager SHURREL BRANTLEY was delivering The News-Gazette around 7 a.m. Wednesday when she was stopped in her tracks: Water-covered roads near Ogden cut her morning short.

Champaign, Urbana officials say streets holding up during heavy rains

URBANA — After more than an inch and a half of rain Monday, officials say city streets are holding up.

"Particularly this morning, with the heavier downpours, we had some localized, temporary street flooding," said Bill Gray, director of public works in Urbana. "We had to clear storm inlets, but there was no significant or major flooding."

Flood watch for Ford and Iroquois counties

The National Weather Service says that Ford and Iroquois counties are under a flood watch from late Monday evening through late Tuesday night.

Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected between Monday and Wednesday. Expect area wide rainfall totals of more than an inch, with many areas potentially receiving 2 to 4 inches.