Severe thunderstorm warning

Updated 6:45am

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Southern Ford and Southern Iroquois Counties until 7:30am Monday.

Winds as high as 60 miles per hour and hail are expected with this storm. Hail is expected to damage vehicles, and there could also be damage to roofs, siding and trees as a result of this storm.

Flash flood warning issued for two area counties

A flash flood warning has been issued for eastern DeWitt County and northern Piatt County until 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service said three inches of rain have already fallen in eastern DeWitt County, and more rain is expected.  This may cause flash flooding to occur in areas such as Monticello, DeLand, Weldon and White Heath.

Flood advisory issued for two area counties

A flood advisory dealing with urban and small streams has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Rain on Wednesday afternoon and evening could cause minor flooding in the warned area.  So you should take precautions, including not driving over flooded roads and securing outdoor items so they're not swept away.

Updated: cleanup continues after Wednesday storms

NEW 2:40 p.m. Thursday:

The head of the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency said it'll likely be weeks until the extent of the damage from Wednesday's hail storm is fully known.

Joe Victor made the comments in reference to the hail that battered the Tuscola area Wednesday afternoon causing damage to homes, businesses and especially, Victor said, vehicles.

Summer in Illinois may be cooler, wetter than normal

The forecast for this summer in Illinois may be a little cooler and wetter than average.

Champaign-based State Climatologist Jim Angel said that's based on the latest predictions from the National Weather Service.

The weather service also said there are equal chances for above or below normal temperatures for the lower two-thirds of the state this summer.

Updated: multiple weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

NEW 5:20 p.m.

From the weather service:

April warmed things up

CHAMPAIGN — Breaking a five-month cooling streak, April temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were slightly above normal.

Updated: multiple weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

7:25 p.m. From the National Weather Service

No more frost for C-U? 'It all depends'

There's a better than 50 percent chance that Champaign-Urbana has seen its last freezing temperature of the spring, but it's not a certainty.

Even with a seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service showing temperatures no lower than 39 degrees, it's not a sure thing that a plant-killing frost won't occur in the next couple of weeks.

Another freeze warning issued

Another freeze warning has been issued for the southern part of our area.

It's in effect for Shelby, Moultrie and Coles counties from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s.  So you should bring your plants inside.