Snow a drain on cities' budgets

By this week, Champaign-Urbana had received about 40 inches of snow — well above the 24 or so it gets between mid-November and mid-March in an average year. The tally already puts this winter in the top 10 snowiest seasons on record, and it will only fortify that rank with this weekend's expected snowfall.

Winter weather roundup Feb. 28

Following is a collection of news related to the winter storm forecast to hit East Central Illinois over the weekend.  If you have information to share, leave a comment on this story.


The forecast

The forecast and current conditions can be found here.


Wind chill advisory issued for Ford and Iroquois counties

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m Thursday.

February destined to be among 10 coldest

CHAMPAIGN — This month is almost certain to be among the 10 coldest Februarys in Champaign-Urbana weather history.

Wind chill advisory issued for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday for the following counties: DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign and Vermilion.

A separate wind chill advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday.

Nice weather was too good to last

The National Weather Service in Lincoln reports that a narrow band of snow north of Danville will quickly expand across East Central Illinois Saturday evening.

It may begin as rain before quickly changing to snow. Accumulations of one to two inches with locally higher totals are expected in about a 50 mile wide area centered roughly along a Danville to Decatur line.

After rainy Thursday, some weather advisories remain

NEW 2:45 p.m.:  Flood warnings are in effect for the Sangamon River at Monticello and the Vermilion River near Danville until Saturday night.


NEW 12:40 p.m. Friday:  A flood advisory has been issued for Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion counties until 4 p.m. Friday.


We asked and you answered: Here's where the potholes are

Potholes got so bad this week that Urbana decided to close part of Windsor Road to try to repair major damage there.

LIVE: Weather reports for Feb. 20

NEW 11:20 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for rain and melting snow until 5 a.m. Friday.

Affected areas include Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion counties.

At 11:01 p.m., police reported that many rural roads across the area remained flooded.

VIDEO: Windsor Road potholes

Windsor Road has fallen victim to an alkali-silica reaction that is destroying the concrete in the road and making it disintegrate. The only solution is to tear out the road and build a new one, and officials are working on designs - but that's a $6 or $7 million project, and it's money that Urbana doesn't have.