UPDATE: Winter weather advisory extended

5:45 a.m. Update

A winter weather advisory is in effect for a portion of East Central Illinois beginning at noon Friday.

The National Weather Service says the advisory is in effect until midnight tonight and includes Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties.

Bundle up: The big chill is here

If you haven't tested those new earmuffs you got from Santa, today's your day. What the National Weather Service called in a 17-county alert "the coldest air of the season" arrived Tuesday night.

Here's more:

UPDATED: wind chill advisory issued for Wednesday morning

Wednesday 6:30 a.m. Update

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until late Wednesday morning for Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties.

Expect wind chills to be in the range of 15 degrees below zero to 25 below zero. If you have to be outside, wear plenty of warm clothing.

UPDATED: ISP not towing vehicles

New 4:36 p.m. Sunday:

From Illinois State Police:

Effective immediately, due to the increased number of vehicles in the median and ditch, along with the poor roadway conditions and continuing snowfall, the ISP will not be towing vehicles from the scene.  

Snow kidding: Area may get inch or so Christmas Eve

CHAMPAIGN — Forget about snow for Christmas. How about snow for the year?

For now, 2017 ranks No. 2 in local weather history (since 1888) for the least amount of snow in a calendar year — 5.1 inches. The record low is 3.3 inches in 2006.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 15, 2017

Check out "Good Morning America" this weekend on ABC, and you will see a familiar face.

Wind advisory expires

A wind advisory has been issued for all of East Central Illinois expect Ford and Iroquois counties until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gusts up to 45 miles per hour are possible.

You should slow down while driving and secure outdoor items like garbage cans and patio furniture. Also, small tree limbs may be blown down.

UPDATED: Wind advisory for northern counties extended

Update: 6:30 a.m. Tuesday

The wind advisory for Ford and Iroquois Counties has been extended until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service says wind gusts near 45 miles per hour are expected.

Driving can be difficult in those conditions, especially for high profile vehicles, so be sure to use extra caution.

Temperatures up, precipitation down again in November

CHAMPAIGN — For the ninth month this year and the 23rd of the last 27, temperatures were above average in November, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

The overall average temperature in November was 1.2 degrees above normal. The average daily high for the month was 1.5 degrees above normal, while the average daily low was 0.4 degrees above normal.

UPDATED: waterway advisories remain for northern counties

UPDATE 1:03 a.m. Sunday:

The only advisories remaining are those for the Sugar Creek and Iroquois River.


UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: