December's trace of snow ties a record — for lowest amount

CHAMPAIGN — After starting the year with one of its worst winters, most of central Illinois closed it with the fewest flurries on record in December.

With no snow Wednesday, Champaign-Urbana and surrounding cities tied a record for the least snow in December — set most recently in 1991 but also in 1986, 1971 and 1912, when there was also only a trace of it in the final month.

Winter weather advisory issued for Christmas Eve

Mother nature is attempting to throw a wrench into Christmas Eve travel in East Central Illinois.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday for the following counties: Champaign, Piatt, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby.

Local weather experts: If you're traveling for holiday, leave today

CHAMPAIGN — If you're going to be traveling for the holidays, today's a good day to do it. Or Christmas Day.

But Wednesday?

"We can say with certainty (Wednesday) will be a messy travel day," said Matt Barnes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

Just chillin'

CHAMPAIGN — Just two years after experiencing its warmest year on record, Champaign-Urbana seems headed for one of the coldest years in its 126 years of recorded weather history.

Updated: wind advisory issued for East Central Illinois canceled

NEW 3:15 p.m.:

The wind advisory has been canceled.


A wind advisory has been issued for the following counties until 6 p.m. Monday: Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar and Shelby.

Wind gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour are possible.  You should take caution while driving and secure outdoor items so they are not blown away.

Freezing rain advisory issued for area counties

A freezing rain advisory has been issued for several counties in East Central Illinois.

For Champaign County, the advisory runs from 9 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

For DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties, the advisory runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.

For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory runs from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Local weatherman recalls November tornado outbreak

This week's January-like weather couldn't be more of a polar opposite from the warm spring-like conditions at play a year ago when tornadoes swept across the state, including here in East Central Illinois.

Freeze warning issued for East Central Illinois

Your Halloween costume may need a few extra layers.

That's because the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties.  It's in effect from midnight Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday.

Updated: multiple weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

NEW 6:03 Monday:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northeastern Coles County and eastern Douglas County until 6:30 p.m. Monday.  A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Ford and southeastern Iroquois counties until 6:15 p.m. Monday.

Top of the morning, Oct. 7, 2014

— In Monday's paper, Staerkel Planetarium's David Leake advanced this week's lunar eclipse, which could start as early as 3:45 a.m. Wednesday (about the time my News-Gazette hits the stoop). Sounds interesting, I told Parkland College's veteran skywatcher. But let's say I don't want to stay up for the whole thing.