Top of the Morning, April 21, 2017

For seven years, Derick Fabert's been telling us when we need a coat or an umbrella. But the WCIA chief meteorologist is hanging up his green screen.

Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon coverage will be Fabert's last day on the job.

Updated: severe thunderstorm warning, watch expire for area counties

New 8:22 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued:

Frost advisory issued for Friday night

A frost advisory is in effect for a portion of East Central Illinois from late Friday night through Saturday morning.

Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, and Vermilion counties are under the advisory from 11 p.m Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Low temperatures could be around 35 degrees. Unprotected sensitive outdoor vegetation could be damaged.

March drier, warmer than usual, but no records set

CHAMPAIGN — For the third month in a row and the 17th out of the last 19, temperatures were above average last month in Champaign-Urbana.

And the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center says there's a good chance April will be above average in Illinois and most of the rest of the country as well.

Tornado sirens: 'Cold War technology'

CHAMPAIGN — After a rainy Thursday filled with severe thunderstorm warnings, over 100 people packed into a Parkland College auditorium to learn how to spot tornadoes.

These volunteers play a key part of the process for emergency officials sounding tornado sirens.

UPDATED: flood advisory issued for northern counties

New 6:29 p.m.

A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 11:45 p.m. Thursday.


New 4:38 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northern Vermilion County until 5 p.m.


New 3:57 p.m.

The final straw: Area farmers step up after wildfires in Plains

FAIRMOUNT — There's plenty to do this time of year on the Rohrscheib family farm.

But Vern Rohrscheib and his daughter, Lynn, are putting all that on hold for a few days to load their hay bales to help fellow farmers and ranchers devastated by fires in Kansas.

Top of the Morning, March 29, 2017

— "We recovered — and our town is more beautiful than ever"

— "If we can make it through this, you can too"

— "You are stronger than you think, and you will make it through this"

Updated: severe thunderstorm warning expires for northern counties

New 12:20 p.m. Monday:

UPDATE: Winter-weather advisory extended through Monday night

New 9:54 a.m. Monday:

The winter-weather advisory for Champaign, Vermilion, DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties has been extended until 7 p.m. Monday.

The winter-weather advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties has been extended until 1 p.m. Monday.


New 4:37 p.m. Sunday: