Updated: freeze watch, warning issued for area counties

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:

Updated: freeze warning issued for Tuesday

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

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.

Feb. 25

Severe weather updates March 31, 2016

Below is a collection of East Central Illinois weather updates for Mar. 31, 2016. If you have weather news to share, e-mail

Weather advisories

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.

Wind advisory in effect for southern counties

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.

Updated: tornado watch, wind advisory issued for area counties

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.


Original story:

A tornado watch has been issued for DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Champaign asks residents to register alarm systems

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.

LIVE: Blizzard warning, 'travel is not recommended'

9:17 p.m.

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.

Snowing and blowing

How miserable was Wednesday's weather? Here, a man turns his back to the howling wind while waiting to board an MTD bus on Devonshire Drive in Champaign. (Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

UPDATED: 4 to 7 inches of snow from C-U, Danville to northeast

UPDATED From National Weather Service:

Winter storm warning in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday...