UPDATE: Parkland College plans to close again Thursday



— Parkland College plans to close for a second day Thursday, according to President Tom Ramage.

"Tough call but we are opting for ‘better safe than sorry,'" Ramage tweeted around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

As long as STM students log in, today's still a school day

CHAMPAIGN — It might not be quite the day off they had imagined.

Like their peers, high school students at Saint Thomas More will be out of class today, driven away by subzero temperatures responsible for school closings across the state.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 30, 2019

This week's cold snap prompted MARK SHAFER to make his heated shed available to anyone with an outside dog or cat in need of shelter.

The 47-year-old Arcola farmer and his family said if you provide a leash and food, "we'll provide the couch, warm shed and love for the animals."

How cool is that?

UPDATE: UI calls off Wednesday classes

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UPDATE, 9:22 a.m.:

URBANA — The University of Illinois announced this morning that classes on the Urbana campus will be canceled from 6 p.m. today through Wednesday because of the extreme weather.

'If you're cold, they're cold': Animal groups urge owners to look out for pets

CHAMPAIGN — With temperatures dropping to near-record lows over the next few days, pet-friendly organizations across the county are reminding people to look out for stray animals, and keep your own pets comfortable.

Champaign County offices, courthouse closed Wednesday because of cold

URBANA — A forecast for severe cold Wednesday in the area has prompted the closure of several county offices that day.

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office and the county courthouse will be closing, Sheriff Dustin Heuerman said.

UPDATED: Wind-chill warning issued for East Central Illinois

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m. Monday:

A wind-chill warning has replaced the wind-chill watch.

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Original story, published 8:23 a.m.:

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill watch for all of East Central Illinois.

UPDATE: Wind-chill advisory issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a wind-chill advisory for all of East Central Illinois from 6 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday.

The advisory includes Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion counties.

The weather service said the wind chill could reach 30 degrees below zero, so bundle up when outside.

UPDATE: Crashes bog down I-57 in Champaign County

9:45 A.M. UPDATE

This morning's icy conditions have led to multiple slideoffs and crashes on Interstate 57 in northern Champaign County, specifically beween mileposts 250 and 257 near Rantoul.


8 A.M. UPDATE: Freezing rain has started in parts of Champaign County, state police urging motorists to use caution until conditions improve.


UPDATED: Winter weather advisory extended to more counties

9:15 a.m. Update

The National Weather Service has extended the winter weather advisory to more counties in East Central Illinois.

The advisory now includes Champaign, DeWitt, Macon, Piatt, and Vermilion counties. It will be in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday.