Top of the Morning, Dec. 15, 2017

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Wind advisory expires

A wind advisory has been issued for all of East Central Illinois expect Ford and Iroquois counties until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gusts up to 45 miles per hour are possible.

You should slow down while driving and secure outdoor items like garbage cans and patio furniture. Also, small tree limbs may be blown down.

UPDATED: Wind advisory for northern counties extended

Update: 6:30 a.m. Tuesday

The wind advisory for Ford and Iroquois Counties has been extended until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says wind gusts near 45 miles per hour are expected.

Driving can be difficult in those conditions, especially for high profile vehicles, so be sure to use extra caution.

Temperatures up, precipitation down again in November

CHAMPAIGN — For the ninth month this year and the 23rd of the last 27, temperatures were above average in November, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

The overall average temperature in November was 1.2 degrees above normal. The average daily high for the month was 1.5 degrees above normal, while the average daily low was 0.4 degrees above normal.

UPDATED: waterway advisories remain for northern counties

UPDATE 1:03 a.m. Sunday:

The only advisories remaining are those for the Sugar Creek and Iroquois River.


UPDATE 1:30 p.m.:

UPDATED: tornado watch expires

New 5:00 p.m.

The tornado watch has expired for all area counties.


New 3:37 p.m. Sunday:

The tornado watch has been trimmed to unclude just Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby and Moultrie counties.


New 2:24 p.m. Sunday:

October clocks in as eighth-wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was the eighth-wettest October in local weather history, with 6.31 inches of rain, nearly twice as much as the October average of 3.26 inches.

It was cold in the area, but only for a spell

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel said it got down to 31 degrees Monday morning in Champaign-Urbana, the lowest temperature this fall. It was the first time below freezing this season.

"We are actually about two weeks late this year," he said.

No worries, Angel said: Temperatures are expected to rise to the 40s today, 50s on Wednesday and 65 on Thursday.

Freeze warning issued for Tuesday morning

A freeze warning has been issued for several area counties from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. The counties include: Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion.

Temperatures will dip to around 30 degrees late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. The freeze could damage or kill plants which are sensitive to cold temperatures.

Frost advisory issued for Thursday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for all of East Central Illinois from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday.

The temperature could reach the low 30s. So bring your plants and pets inside or make sure they have a heat source. And check on people who may not have a reliable heat source in their home.