School may have been canceled, but for custodians, the work went on

CHAMPAIGN — Thursday morning. 7:30. The sun hadn't been up long; temperatures remained below zero, the wind still carried a bite.

Andrew Terrall was alone at Edison Middle School.

It was the second straight day the Champaign school district had been closed due to dangerous weather conditions, empty of students and teachers.

Winter-weather advisory issued for part of East Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The National Weather Service has issued a winter-weather advisory for a portion of East Central Illinois.

The advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Thursday through 3 a.m. Friday and includes Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Hear a boom or crack last night? It was probably a frost quake

CHAMPAIGN — A noisy intruder? Or maybe a huge icicle crashing down from your roof?

No, those loud booming and cracking sounds you've been hearing are a frigid-weather phenomenon called frost quakes, or sometimes ice quakes.

Cold snap causing multiple big rigs to stall on area highways

PESOTUM — Count stalled semis among the unpleasant consequences of subzero temperatures.

UPDATE: Parkland College plans to close again Thursday



— Parkland College plans to close for a second day Thursday, according to President Tom Ramage.

"Tough call but we are opting for ‘better safe than sorry,'" Ramage tweeted around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

As long as STM students log in, today's still a school day

CHAMPAIGN — It might not be quite the day off they had imagined.

Like their peers, high school students at Saint Thomas More will be out of class today, driven away by subzero temperatures responsible for school closings across the state.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 30, 2019

This week's cold snap prompted MARK SHAFER to make his heated shed available to anyone with an outside dog or cat in need of shelter.

The 47-year-old Arcola farmer and his family said if you provide a leash and food, "we'll provide the couch, warm shed and love for the animals."

How cool is that?

UPDATE: UI calls off Wednesday classes

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UPDATE, 9:22 a.m.:

URBANA — The University of Illinois announced this morning that classes on the Urbana campus will be canceled from 6 p.m. today through Wednesday because of the extreme weather.

'If you're cold, they're cold': Animal groups urge owners to look out for pets

CHAMPAIGN — With temperatures dropping to near-record lows over the next few days, pet-friendly organizations across the county are reminding people to look out for stray animals, and keep your own pets comfortable.

Champaign County offices, courthouse closed Wednesday because of cold

URBANA — A forecast for severe cold Wednesday in the area has prompted the closure of several county offices that day.

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office and the county courthouse will be closing, Sheriff Dustin Heuerman said.