First half of nature's 1-2 punch puts area on ropes with 6 to 10 inches of snow before bitter cold swoops in
CHAMPAIGN — There may have been more than half a foot of snow on the ground in East Central Illinois on Sunday afternoon, but that didn't stop Christina Harden of Urbana from heading to the Savoy 16 to see the film "American Hustle."
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State police from District 10 in Pesotum have announced that Interstate 57, Interstate 72 and Interstate 74 are all impassible due to whiteout conditions and drifting snow blocking the highways.
Updated 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Local municipalities are asking residents to remove their vehicles from snow routes.
URBANA - In anticipation of the weekend snowstorm, Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh has decided to close the county courthouse in downtown Urbana Monday.
LINCOLN - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday through midnight Sunday.
A wind chill warning is also in effect from midnight Sunday to noon Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN — With temperatures headed to dangerously cold levels Monday, it’s time to think about the awful possibility of burst water pipes.
Bill Rose, research architect with the Indoor Climate Research and Training program in the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, has done interesting research in the area, thanks to a grant from State Farm Insurance.
Five things experts tell us about surviving the cold in East Central Illinois, with subzero temperatures, icy roads and up to a foot of snow in the three-day forecast for most of the area.
Beware of bridges. They really can freeze faster because, unlike the roads that have ground beneath them, they're exposed to all that cold air from above and below.
URBANA — Two sets of accidents north of Urbana and Champaign on Interstate 74 had traffic tied up Friday morning starting about 7 a.m.
Illinois State Police at Pesotum said three cars slid out of control on the icy Canadian National overpass over Market Street just before 7 a.m. There were accidents in both directions.
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.