May's temps below normal, but precipitation well above

CHAMPAIGN — For only the third time in the last 21 months, temperatures last month in Champaign-Urbana were below normal.

But only by 1.1 degrees.

Temperatures for the year so far are more than 5 degrees above normal, according to statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.

UPDATED: Flash-flood warning for Vermilion County

New 8:54 p.m.:

The flash flood warning for northern Vermilion County has been extended until 5 a.m. Saturday.

The tornado watch for our area has been canceled.


New 7:37 p.m.:

A flash-flood warning has been issued for northern Vermilion County until 9 p.m.

Do not drive over a flooded road.


New 5:48 p.m.:

Extreme winds creating problems on I-72

A combination of dust and extreme winds has created visibility problems in the area.

Master Sgt. Mark Holley said there is zero visibility on a stretch of Interstate 72 from mile marker 122 in Sangamon County to mile marker 128 in Macon County in both directions.

The zero visibility has led to at least one personal injury crash in the area.

Wind advisory issued for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for all of East Central Illinois beginning at 12 p.m. Wednesday. For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory runs until 8 p.m. Wednesday. For all other counties, it runs until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE: severe thunderstorm watch expires

New 8:42 p.m.:

Champaign and Douglas counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:15 p.m.


New 8:06 p.m.:

Southern Piatt County is under a tornado warning until 8:15 p.m.


New 7:15 p.m.:

Frost advisory expires for Iroquois County

New 11:19 a.m. Sunday:

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for Iroquois County in effect from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday.

Overnight lows could reach the low 30s. You should cover your outdoor plants or take them inside.


Original story 9:58 p.m. Saturday:

Villa Grove's flooded streets become water park

VILLA GROVE — Ethan Bloom was taking a swimming tour of town Friday, including what is usually a basketball court close to Lake Main Street.

Main Street was barricaded, but Illinois 130, lined with flooded fields, had just been opened that morning after days of rain and an emergency curfew Thursday night.

UPDATED: Rural schools dismissing because of water on roads

4:57 p.m. Thursday:

The city of Villa Grove has put in place a curfew Thursday night due to flooding. You're asked to not be out from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

4 p.m. Thursday:


Updated: flash flood watch issued as more rain expected midweek

New 5/3/17 9:36 a.m.:

Ford and Iroquois counties have been added to the flash flood watch, in effect until Friday afternoon.


Original story 5/2/17:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night.

April in C-U was one of warmest, wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was one of the warmest and wettest Aprils in local weather history.

It also was the fourth consecutive month — and 18th of the last 20 — with above-average temperatures.

But there's a change in the outlook — a probability of cooler-than-normal temperatures in May in Illinois — according to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.