Central Illinois Daily Life: Jan. 21-Jan. 28, 2014

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Updated: winter weather advisory issued

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.

Traffic backup on I-74 near Oakwood

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 winter to come, snowfall records could fall

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.

Central Illinois Daily Life: Jan. 13-Jan. 20, 2014

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Illinois weather in 2013 was wetter, colder than normal

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.

Wednesday weather news

Weather-related news for East Central Illinois

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.

Church grants sanctuary to many travelers in need

TUSCOLA — Through blinding snow and numbing cold, stranded travelers had a warm sanctuary at a Tuscola church.

"We brought some games. We shared some movies. We had all kinds of food. We kept the coffee pot going," said the Rev. Darin Elder, pastor of the Eagle Mountain Assembly of God church.

Salt, extreme cold don't mix on roads

CHAMPAIGN — With extremely low temperatures immediately following this past weekend's snowstorm, it'll take a little longer this time to clear the roads.

Why? The answer is in the chemistry of road salt.

"It's just too cold," said Walt Kelly, the head of the groundwater section for the Illinois State Water Survey.

Monday was No. 24 on charts of coldest days in local history

CHAMPAIGN — Print up the T-shirts. You lived through one of the 24 coldest days in Champaign-Urbana weather history.

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