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Updated: multiple weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

NEW 3:10 p.m. Tuesday:  A winter storm warning has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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LINCOLN - The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Winter storm watch issued for Ford and Iroquois counties

A winter storm watch has been issued for Ford and Iroquois Counties in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said rain will turn to snow late Tuesday night, with six or more inches of snow possible.  Also, wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour will cause blowing and drifting snow, which will make travel hazardous.

FEMA rejection not going over well

But $100,000 grant from Chicago foundation gives villagers a reason to cheer

GIFFORD — FEMA's denial of public assistance funding for tornado-damaged Illinois communities did not go over well at a community meeting Tuesday night in Gifford.

2013-14 winter ranks right up there

SPRINGFIELD — The meteorological winter of 2013-14 — which ended last Saturday morning — ranked locally as the fifth-snowiest ever and the ninth-coldest, according to preliminary statistics from the National Weather Service.

In Danville, it was the snowiest meteorological winter (43.5 inches) and the seventh-coldest (a 23.5-degree average temperature) since records began in 1895.

Timeline of a tornado

Jeffrey Frame, a University of Illinois clinical professor in atmospheric sciences, has traveled throughout the Midwest, Plains states and other regions of the country tracking and observing tornadoes, lake effect snowstorms and other severe weather. With a statewide tornado drill set for 10 a.m.

Roads get fresh coating

Area is relatively unscathed, but plows out in force

URBANA — Like almost every other Illinoisan, Tracy Wingler is tired of winter.

Snow has meant very few weekends off since December for Champaign County's highway maintenance supervisor.

"It seems like every storm has been on the weekend or a holiday," he said. "The men are loving it. I'm not. The budget's not."

UI meteorologist to speak at safety event

URBANA — University of Illinois meteorologist Jeffrey Frame, who takes students to the Great Plains each spring to observe tornadoes and thunderstorms, will speak at a free weather-safety event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Beckman Institute auditorium, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

Latest on Sunday weather

Champaign County may have dodged the latest blizzard bullet but counties to the south could still get snow accumulation this afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service at Lincoln says snow and freezing rain are beginning to taper off in central and southern Illinois.

Winter storm advisory: Here we go again ...

Forecast revised to 4 to 6 inches by Monday morning

CHAMPAIGN — Officials in East Central Illinois are bracing for another heavy winter storm that is expected to begin creeping into the area tonight and be in full force Sunday.

But the National Weather Service has backed off a bit from the 10 inches earlier predicted.

Snow a drain on cities' budgets

By this week, Champaign-Urbana had received about 40 inches of snow — well above the 24 or so it gets between mid-November and mid-March in an average year. The tally already puts this winter in the top 10 snowiest seasons on record, and it will only fortify that rank with this weekend's expected snowfall.