Tuesday weather updates

Below you'll find a collection of East Central Illinois weather news for Tuesday, Jan. 6.  If you have any weather news that you think belongs here, leave a comment or e-mail

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Monday winter weather update

A winter storm warning is in effect for a portion of East Central Illinois beginning at 6 p.m. Monday.

The area includes Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties.

Here comes winter

Here we go again. Time to rev up the snowblower, warm up some hot chocolate and break out the ear muffs. The National Weather Service’s “hazardous” outlook for the area started on Sunday and extends through Saturday.

Winter storm watch issued for northern counties

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.

Winter weather advisory issued for northern counties

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.

Stores, schools, road crews all warming up for winter

CHAMPAIGN — Hand warmers? Check.

Shovel? 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.

December's trace of snow ties a record — for lowest amount

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.

Winter weather advisory issued for Christmas Eve

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.

Local weather experts: If you're traveling for holiday, leave today

CHAMPAIGN — If you're going to be traveling for the holidays, today's a good day to do it. Or Christmas Day.

But Wednesday?

"We can say with certainty (Wednesday) will be a messy travel day," said Matt Barnes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

Just chillin'

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.