The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Ford and Iroquois counties in effect from Monday evening through late Monday night.
The weather service says some locations in the watch area may see more than six inches of snow. Windy conditions will also result in blowing and drifting snow and low visibility.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties from midnight to 9 a.m. Saturday.
Small accumulations of snow, sleet and ice are possible leading to some slippery roads and limited visibility.
CHAMPAIGN — Hand warmers? Check.
Snowblower? Somewhere in the back of the garage, where it's sat unused since last year.
If you don't have ice melt for your walkway, you might want to add that to your list, too.
CHAMPAIGN — After starting the year with one of its worst winters, most of central Illinois closed it with the fewest flurries on record in December.
With no snow Wednesday, Champaign-Urbana and surrounding cities tied a record for the least snow in December — set most recently in 1991 but also in 1986, 1971 and 1912, when there was also only a trace of it in the final month.
Mother nature is attempting to throw a wrench into Christmas Eve travel in East Central Illinois.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday for the following counties: Champaign, Piatt, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby.
CHAMPAIGN — If you're going to be traveling for the holidays, today's a good day to do it. Or Christmas Day.
"We can say with certainty (Wednesday) will be a messy travel day," said Matt Barnes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
CHAMPAIGN — Just two years after experiencing its warmest year on record, Champaign-Urbana seems headed for one of the coldest years in its 126 years of recorded weather history.
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The wind advisory has been canceled.
A wind advisory has been issued for the following counties until 6 p.m. Monday: Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar and Shelby.
Wind gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour are possible. You should take caution while driving and secure outdoor items so they are not blown away.
A freezing rain advisory has been issued for several counties in East Central Illinois.
For Champaign County, the advisory runs from 9 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.
For DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties, the advisory runs from 6 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.
For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory runs from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
This week's January-like weather couldn't be more of a polar opposite from the warm spring-like conditions at play a year ago when tornadoes swept across the state, including here in East Central Illinois.