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.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN — This month is almost certain to be among the 10 coldest Februarys in Champaign-Urbana weather history.
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.
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.
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.
Potholes got so bad this week that Urbana decided to close part of Windsor Road to try to repair major damage there.
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.
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.