Snow, ice aren't the only things road salt will eat away at

With fresh snow once again blanketing the area, fleets of trucks armed with road salt have renewed their attack on the white menace.

But as anyone who has ever walked out in their dress shoes knows, road salt can wear and tear at everything.

UI students return to chilly temps, slippery roads

URBANA — As the first day of classes goes, today's forecast at the University of Illinois wasn't the most hospitable on record: 3 degrees at 9 a.m., with a -14 windchill.

Not to mention the slippery drive back to campus for students Monday after a lengthy winter break and a 3-inch snowfall.

Just Askin': Cold-snap gas bills

Q: How much did that cold snap cost Ameren customers?

A: Ameren didn't provide an exact number, but it's based on usage, and it said usage was up during the cold stretch.

Brett Kepley: Yes, towns can require shoveling public walks


In last week's installment of our dramatic legal saga on snow shoveling, we discussed the lack of a general duty in Illinois for property owners to keep their property free of the danger of the natural accumulation of snow or ice.

Today we ask: What are the local laws that can make private real-estate owners shovel public sidewalks?

The Way We Were: Winter storms

The News-Gazette had its beginnings in 1852. While there aren't any folks around from those days, we do like to look back at our area's history.

That's what the new series is about. News-Gazette staff writer Paul Wood will collect groups of photos to spark memories from decades past.

UPDATED: winter weather advisory extended

Friday 5:40 a.m. Update

The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until later Friday for a portion of East Central Illinois.

Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties are all under the advisory until noon Friday

UPDATED: new fog advisory issued for northern counties

Wednesday 9:40 a.m. update

The dense fog advisory has been trimmed to include Champaign, Vermilion, DeWitt and Piatt counties. It still runs until 12 p.m.

A separate dense fog advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 3 p.m.


Tuesday 9:53 p.m. update

After two weeks, C-U pokes its head up just a bit above freezing

CHAMPAIGN — Yes, you just lived through 14 complete calendar days of subfreezing temperatures in Champaign-Urbana.

But that's not the half of it.

The record for longest streak of complete days with subfreezing temperatures in Champaign-Urbana is 36, stretching from Dec. 29, 1976, to Feb. 2, 1977.

Area plumbers up to their necks in burst water pipes

First came the deep freeze. Then the weekend thaw. Then bursting water pipes.

The Crisis Nursery in Urbana was coping with flooding Sunday and Monday due to burst pipes, according to the agency's director of development and communications.

The Department of Public Health's testing lab in Chicago was also hit with flooding Sunday after a water pipe in the building burst.

UPDATE: winter-weather advisory expires

New 1:15 p.m. Sunday:

Ford and Iroquois counties have been added to the advisory, meaning it now covers all of East Central Illinois.


CHAMPAIGN — The National Weather Service has added Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar and Coles counties to its winter-weather advisory.