Wind advisory issued

A wind advisory is in effect from 11 a.m.  until 7 p.m. Tuesday for Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Updated: severe weather moves out of area, some advisories remain

New 10:45 p.m.

A wind advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 4 a.m.  Gusts up to 50 miles per hour are possible.

New 9:45 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeastern Ford County and southern Iroquois County until 10:15 p.m.

New 9:20 p.m.

Cold, dry days may be behind us

CHAMPAIGN — March in Champaign-Urbana was colder and drier than normal — the third consecutive month with such conditions.

But the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a return to more normal weather, and even above-average temperatures and precipitation over the next two weeks.

Tornado recovery continues with tree planting

The head of the Champaign County Farm Bureau says the planting of trees in some areas damaged from the 2013 tornado, is an important part of the recovery process.

Last spring, around 200 trees were planted in Gifford and in some rural areas in the northern and southern parts of Champaign County that were damaged by the tornado in November of 2013.

Updated: dense fog advisory issued for East Central Illinois

New 12:05 a.m. Saturday:

Ford and Iroquois counties have been added to the dense fog advisory.


Original story:

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Updated: dense fog advisory issued for East Central Illinois

New 9:35 p.m. Tuesday:

The dense fog advisory has been extended to include Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

Original story 7:35 p.m. Tuesday:

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, March 9, 2015: From the archives

One of my colleagues at work is a firm believer in the Chicago Cubs. Actually, several of my colleagues at work are firm believers in the Chicago Cubs, but the last year or so, as the team has gotten more talented, this guy in particular wears his optimism on his sleeve. #Itsgonnahappen, he says.

As a Cardinals fan, I sure hope he's wrong about that.

UPDATED: Warmth on the way, then more cold

Freezing rain is expected to change to rain Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Some roads in the area are expected to remain icy and dangerous. Police advise allowing extra time to arrive, or delaying your trip if possible.


February weather by the numbers:

18.8 degrees

Average temperature in February, the sixth-coldest on record in Champaign-Urbana


Inches of snow, more than twice the February normal of 5.8 inches — and 12th-snowiest February locally

15 of 28

Days in February that at least a trace of snow fell on Champaign-Urbana


Updated: Sleet, freezing rain coming overnight

The National Weather Service is advising people to stay off the roads from midnight tonight till late Tuesday morning, warning of "very hazardous travel conditions" caused by sleet and freezing rain.