Top of the Morning, Feb. 21, 2017

It doesn't take a thermometer to figure out it's unseasonably warm.

All those golfers give it away.

"It's like it's May already," MIKE WALLNER said Monday afternoon.

The University of Illinois' director of golf said more than 450 rounds were played over the weekend, with Monday's total expected to be about 175.

Dense fog advisory issued til Monday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties until 10 a.m. Monday.

The weather service said visibility will be one-quarter mile in spots. So you should take precautions while driving: drive slowly, turn your headlights on, and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

A flurry of activity

Some numbers of note after a meteorologically wild couple of days:

— State Climatologist JIM ANGEL said the 3 inches of snow Champaign-Urbana received on Wednesday nearly doubled the year's snowfall total: "We got 1.6 inches in January and nothing to speak of in February until Wednesday."

UPDATE: Weather wreaks havoc on area interstates

9 p.m. update

Illinois State Police are reporting two crashes with injuries on area interstates.

Trooper Tracy Lillard said officers are on the scene of accidents on Interstate 57 southbound at mile marker 250, near Rantoul, and Interstate 74 eastbound on the east side of Danville. Both involve injuries and lane blockages.

Dense fog advisory issued for Monday night

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory until 1 a.m. Tuesday for the following counties: Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Macon, Moultrie, DeWitt and Piatt.

The weather service said visibility could get down to a quarter-mile in spots. So you should be careful while driving, including giving extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

January temps: 7.4 degrees above normal

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CHAMPAIGN — January temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were 7.4 degrees above normal, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, the 11th month out of the last 13 with above-average readings.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 24, 2017

As toasty as it was Saturday — a C-U record 64 degrees — I figured spring can't be too far away.

Not so fast, JIM ANGEL says. The state climatologist, while pointing out that the average temperature in January is 6.9 degrees above normal, reminded me that there's a lot of winter left.

Dense fog advisory issued

A dense fog advisory has been issued for several area counties. More from the National Weather Serivce:

Updated: dense fog advisory extended til midnight

New 5:15 p.m. Monday:

The dense fog advisory has been extended until 12 a.m. Tuesday for the following counties:  Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt, DeWitt, Ford and Iroquois.


New 3:17 p.m. Monday:

Winter weather roundup Jan. 13

This is a collection of news related to the icy weather forecast for East Central Illinois this weekend. If you have news to share, e-mail or call 217-351-5300.


New 3:38 p.m. Friday: Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt and DeWitt counties have been added to the freezing rain advisory.