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Champaign asks residents to register alarm systems

CHAMPAIGN — The city is asking residents to register their alarm systems ahead of the spring storm season, when false alarms are most common because of heavy rain and high winds.

Residents and businesses are required to register their systems, and face heavy fines if they fail to do so.

LIVE: Blizzard warning, 'travel is not recommended'

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While the bilzzard  warning expired at 9 p.m. Wedneday, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

Snowing and blowing

How miserable was Wednesday's weather? Here, a man turns his back to the howling wind while waiting to board an MTD bus on Devonshire Drive in Champaign. (Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

UPDATED: 4 to 7 inches of snow from C-U, Danville to northeast

UPDATED From National Weather Service:

Winter storm warning in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday...

Wind advisory issued for Friday

A wind advisory has been issued for East Central Illinois, running most of the day Friday.

For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.  For the rest of our area, the advisory runs from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. Friday.

Updated: winter weather advisory issued for Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For Ford and Iroquois counties, a separate winter weather advisory has been issued from 6 a.m. Sunday until 12 a.m. Monday.

January made it five in a row for warmer C-U

CHAMPAIGN — For the fifth consecutive month, Champaign-Urbana temperatures were above average in January.

The monthly average temperature has been 3.8 (September), 2.5 (October), 4.6 (November), 11.5 (December) and 2.4 degrees (January) above normal.

El Nino's end could launch grain prices

CHAMPAIGN — The principal at a Watseka commodities firm anticipates the impending end of the El Nino could lead to higher grain prices sometime in 2016.

Merrill D. Crowley of Crowley Commodities told farmers at this week's Champaign County Farm Bureau meeting that it appears we are entering the end of the El Nino period.

Wind chill advisory issued for East Central Illinois

A wind chill advisory has been issued for East Central Illinois.  For most counties, it runs from 6 p.m. Sunday until 11 a.m. Monday. For Ford and Iroquois counties, it runs from 9 p.m. Sunday until 12 p.m. Monday.  More from the National Weather Service:

Updated: winter weather advisory issued for East Central Illinois

New Saturday morning:

Several more counties have been added to the winter weather advisory. More from the National Weather Service: