Frost advisory expires for Iroquois County

New 11:19 a.m. Sunday:

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for Iroquois County in effect from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday.

Overnight lows could reach the low 30s. You should cover your outdoor plants or take them inside.


Original story 9:58 p.m. Saturday:

Villa Grove's flooded streets become water park

VILLA GROVE — Ethan Bloom was taking a swimming tour of town Friday, including what is usually a basketball court close to Lake Main Street.

Main Street was barricaded, but Illinois 130, lined with flooded fields, had just been opened that morning after days of rain and an emergency curfew Thursday night.

UPDATED: Rural schools dismissing because of water on roads

4:57 p.m. Thursday:

The city of Villa Grove has put in place a curfew Thursday night due to flooding. You're asked to not be out from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

4 p.m. Thursday:


Updated: flash flood watch issued as more rain expected midweek

New 5/3/17 9:36 a.m.:

Ford and Iroquois counties have been added to the flash flood watch, in effect until Friday afternoon.


Original story 5/2/17:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night.

April in C-U was one of warmest, wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was one of the warmest and wettest Aprils in local weather history.

It also was the fourth consecutive month — and 18th of the last 20 — with above-average temperatures.

But there's a change in the outlook — a probability of cooler-than-normal temperatures in May in Illinois — according to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.

UPDATED: rain, flood advisories in effect this weekend

New 4/29/17 7 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Coles, northern Edgar, Vermilion, eastern Champaign, and eastern Douglas counties until 7:45. p.m.

New 4/29/17 6:51 p.m.:

A flash flood warning has been issued Edgar, Piatt, Vermilion, Champaign, and Douglas counties until 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

Pools open as temps soar

The weather scoop from our Tom Kacich (ask him questions here):

— Monday was the 18th day (of 24) in April with above-average temperatures. The official high was 77 degrees. The average high for April 24 is 66 degrees.

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.