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A wind chill advisory has been issued for East Central Illinois.
For Ford and Iroquois counties, it's in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday through noon Thursday. For the rest of East Central Illinois, it's in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday through noon Friday.
Also, a winter weather advisory is in effect for Ford and Iroquois counties until 4 a.m. Thursday.
UPDATED 4:42 p.m.: Illinois State Police are investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 74 near Danville that injured a Florida man and closed down traffic in the eastbound lanes on Tuesday.
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a portion of East Central Illinois.
The advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday for Champaign, Ford, Douglas, Edgar, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties.
For DeWitt and Piatt Counties, it's in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
OAKWOOD - A semitrailer tractor truck that slid on a snow-slick Interstate 74 has traffic backed up in Vermilion County Thursday morning.
A trooper from the Illinois State Police post at Pesotum said the eastbound semi slid near the Oakwood exit and jackknifed between the guardrails about 6:45 a.m. The driver was not injured.
With more than two months remaining in central Illinois' snowfall season, Champaign-Urbana already has received about 80 percent of its snow total for a normal season, according to the National Weather Service.
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Officials said the first half of 2013 was the wettest on record in Illinois, but overall the year's precipitation was only a few inches above average.
State Climatologist Jim Angel said the statewide average precipitation last year was around 44 inches. That's around 3.6 inches above normal, with nearly 30 inches of that amount falling in the first half of 2013.
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Urbana rec center to reopen Thursday
NEW 3:25 p.m. - A recreation center in Urbana will re-open Thursday after sustaining water damage on Wednesday.