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...

Wind advisory issued for Friday

A wind advisory has been issued for East Central Illinois, running most of the day Friday.

For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.  For the rest of our area, the advisory runs from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. Friday.

Updated: winter weather advisory issued for Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For Ford and Iroquois counties, a separate winter weather advisory has been issued from 6 a.m. Sunday until 12 a.m. Monday.