These days, SCOTT KOENEMAN is assistant dean of libraries for advancement at the University of Illinois.
On Friday evening, April 19, 1996, Koeneman was city editor at The News-Gazette, a position he'd held about a year at that point. It was his job to assign and supervise reporters and coordinate the paper's news report.
A freeze warning has been issued for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 12 a..m to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Temperatures could dip into mid 20s. So bring your plants and pets inside if you can, and wear warm clothes if you're outside at night.
New 9:39 a.m. Friday:
A freeze warning is in effect from 1a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties. Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid to upper 20s. Bring sensitive plants inside if possible.
Original story Thursday:
New 9:51 a.m. Monday:
A freeze warning has been issued for several area counties on Tuesday. More from the National Weather Service:
March weather: By the numbers
Consecutive months in which temperatures have been above average. Over the long term, the average March temperature in Champaign-Urbana is 40 degrees. Last month, it was 47.8 degrees.
Below is a collection of East Central Illinois weather updates for Mar. 31, 2016. If you have weather news to share, e-mail email@example.com.
New 2:17 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southern Vermilion County until 3 p.m.
New 1:54 p.m.
A wind advisory is in effect for Coles, Edgar and Shelby counties until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour are possible. You should be careful while driving, especially in large vehicles on east-west roads. And you should tie down or bring inside your outdoor items so they are not blown away.
New 4:13 p.m. Tuesday:
A wind advisory has been issued for East Central Illinois from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Gusts up to 45 miles per hour are possible.
A tornado watch has been issued for DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties until 9 p.m. Tuesday.
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.
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.