Winter storm warning issued

A winter storm warning will be in effect for a part of East Central Illinois on Saturday.

The National Weather Service said heavy snowfall is expected in Champaign, Macon, Piatt and Vermilion counties. DeWitt County is under the same warning from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Saturday. A total of 4 to 6 inches of snow is possible and winds are also expected to gust around 35 miles per hour.

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Want to see the only lunar eclipse of 2019 up close? Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium has you covered.

The eclipse, set to begin at 9:13 p.m. our time Sunday, will last past midnight. Staerkel Director DAVE LEAKE said it will be visible from your own yard.

"No telescope is needed," Leake said.

UPDATED: Fog advisory expires; winter storm watch remains

Update 3:33 p.m. Thursday:

The dense fog advisory has expired.


Update 2:10 p.m. Thursday:

The winter storm watch has been expanded to include all of East Central Illinois.


Update 12:46 p.m. Thursday:

UI work crews getting ready to battle snow, ice this weekend

URBANA — The troops are ready: 125-plus employees armed with plows, shovels, snowblowers and brine.

Back-to-back weekend snowstorms and a wintry mix overnight have kept snow-removal crews at the University of Illinois busy during the first week of the semester.

Winter weather advisory issued for Wednesday night

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UPDATED: Dense fog advisory extended

8:45 a.m. Update

The National Weather Service has extended the dense fog advisory until noon today for most of East Central Illinois.

The advisory includes Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion counties.

Meanwhile, Ford and Iroquois counties remain under a dense fog advisory only until 9 this morning.

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Above: Jason Knauff, building engineer at One Main in downtown Champaign, clears snow on Saturday morning.

UI tells students returning from break to wait till Sunday

URBANA — With a winter storm brewing, the University of Illinois urged students to wait until Sunday to return to campus if they couldn't get back to Champaign-Urbana by Friday evening.

Winter storm warning issued

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The National Weather Service said much of East Central Illinois is under a winter storm warning.

Winter storm watch for Shelby County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Shelby County from Friday evening through late Saturday night.

The weather service says there could be heavy snow in that area, with 5 to 7 inches possible. So expect hazardous travel conditions as a result of that storm.