Top of the Morning, Nov. 15, 2018

The fine folks of Gifford will mark the fifth anniversary of a tornado that walloped the village by doing what they've done best since Nov. 17, 2013: Moving on.

Winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service says all of East Central Illinois will be under winter weather advisory starting Wednesday night, except for Ford and Iroquois counties.

The advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday and covers Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion counties.

UPDATED: wind advisory expires

New 3:34 p.m. Thursday:

The National Weather Service has cancelled the wind advisory.


Original story 10:18 a.m. Thursday:

A wind advisory continues until 7 p.m. Thursday for Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby and Moultrie counties.

UPDATE: Freeze warning issued for East Central Illinois

New 3:16 p..m. Monday:

All of East Central Illinois is now under a freeze warning for the overnight hours Monday night into Tuesday morning.

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New 1:29 p.m. Monday:

Ford and Iroquois counties are under a freeze warning Monday night into Tuesday morning.


Original story 7:54 a.m. Monday:

UI homecoming parade called off

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has canceled tonight’s homecoming parade because of cold and wet weather.

The parade was scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. near Sixth and Armory streets in Champaign and wind through Campustown.

Frost advisory issued for northern counties

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures will dip into the mid 30s, so bring your plants indoors or cover them.

Frost advisory issued for for 1 a.m. Friday

A Frost Advisory has been issued for a portion of East Central Illinois.

The advisory includes Champaign, DeWitt, Piatt, and Vermilion counties from 1 to 8 a.m. Friday, while Ford and Iroquois counties are under one from 1 to 9 a.m. Friday.

Sensitive outdoor plants and vegetation may be damaged or killed if left uncovered or not brought indoors.

Severe thunderstorm warning expires

The National Weather Service says northeastern Champaign County and northern Vermilion County are under a severe thunderstorm warning until Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

There are 60 mile per hour wind gusts and quarter size hail associated with this storm.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 25, 2018

Ahead of the winter season, News-Gazette Media is rolling out a new method for schools, churches and other organizations to report closings and cancellations.

Just Askin' | Predicting seasonal weather

Q: What's the forecast for this winter?

A: We don't really know at this point.

The Old Farmer's Almanac (founded 1792) is predicting a warm and wet winter, and the Farmer's Almanac (founded 1818) is predicting a "biting cold, snowy" winter.