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:

Wind advisory issued for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for a portion of East Central Illinois.

The advisory will be in effect from 9 a.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Winds are expected to be 25 to 35 miles per hour, gusting up to 45 or more.

Top of the Morning, March 7, 2017

The annual statewide tornado drill is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. today (barring — and this is odd to write — actual bad weather).

That means 84 sirens in Champaign County wailing for a few minutes and your TV screen going from "The Price Is Right" to a blackened test message from the National Weather Service.

Warmest February ever

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CHAMPAIGN — February locally was the warmest in 129 years of Champaign-Urbana weather record-keeping, and the three-month meteorological winter tied for 13th-warmest.

UPDATED: Area under tornado watch until 4 a.m.

NEW 9:55 p.m. Tuesday:

The tornado watch for East Central Illinois has been extended until 4 a.m. Wednesday.


As expected, the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for all of East Central Illinois until 10 p.m. Tuesday.


Dense fog advisory

Most of East Central Illinois is under a dense fog advisory once again Thursday morning, except for Ford and Iroquois Counties.

The advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Visibility could be one quarter mile or less at times, with rapid changes in visibility that will cause hazardous driving conditions.

Updated: dense fog advisory expires for northern counties

10:50 a.m. update

The fog advisory has been canceled for all area counties except Ford and Iroquois. It remains in effect for those counties until 12 p.m. Wednesday.

9 a.m. Update

The dense fog advisory has been extended for a portion of East Central Illinois until noon Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 21, 2017

It doesn't take a thermometer to figure out it's unseasonably warm.

All those golfers give it away.

"It's like it's May already," MIKE WALLNER said Monday afternoon.

The University of Illinois' director of golf said more than 450 rounds were played over the weekend, with Monday's total expected to be about 175.

Dense fog advisory issued til Monday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties until 10 a.m. Monday.

The weather service said visibility will be one-quarter mile in spots. So you should take precautions while driving: drive slowly, turn your headlights on, and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

A flurry of activity

Some numbers of note after a meteorologically wild couple of days:

— State Climatologist JIM ANGEL said the 3 inches of snow Champaign-Urbana received on Wednesday nearly doubled the year's snowfall total: "We got 1.6 inches in January and nothing to speak of in February until Wednesday."