And it likely will be at least into next week
CHAMPAIGN — How do you top a December that was colder than average?
So far, Mother Nature's game plan seems to be throwing snow at the first couple of days of the new year and starting off Friday with raw temperatures that make the prospect of staying home under a pile of blankets seem mighty attractive.
Last month in Champaign-Urbana and Illinois was colder and drier than average.
State Climatologist Jim Angel said the average temperature locally in December was 26.6 degrees. That's 2.3 degrees below normal. Local precipitation last month checked in at 2.23 inches. That's a half an inch below normal.
GIFFORD — Judy Singh drove her car for about five weeks after the storm until it finally overheated and clunked out.
It turned out the tornado drove a two-by-four through her radiator and into her engine. It shouldn't have been running at all.
A freezing rain advisory has been issued for DeWitt County on Saturday. Two-tenths of an inch of ice is expected.
Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties until 7 p.m. Friday. Visibility may be less than one quarter mile in some locations. You should drive slow in foggy areas.
Champaign has activated emergency snow routes and its sidewalk-clearing rules.
From a city news release:
The bad news: We got more snow than was forecast.
The good news: It's relatively warm and there wasn't much wind, except for the northern part of Champaign County.
Public works crews were out in force throughout the area Saturday, focusing first on clearing primary roads.
They expect to be working well into Sunday.
Local public works officials say Champaign-Urbana's busiest streets should be fairly clear of ice early Saturday, but drivers will still need to use caution as the snow could continue to fall through part of the morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of East Central Illinois. The advisory affects different counties at different times but generally runs from Friday afternoon through midday Saturday.