C-U's 2016 was much warmer, a little bit drier

Champaign-Urbana was much warmer and slightly drier than normal in 2016, according to statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.

It was the sixth-warmest year on record locally with a mean temperature of 54.5 degrees, 3.2 degrees greater than the long-term average. The warmest year in recorded Champaign-Urbana weather history was 2012, with a mean temperature of 55.6.

Dense fog advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for all of East Central Illinois except for Iroquois, Edgar, and Vermilion counties. More from the weather service:

Icy weather puts finals on hold at Oakwood High

OAKWOOD — Students at Oakwood High School will have to wait until the new year to complete final exams.

Like many area schools, Oakwood called off classes Monday and today because of wintry conditions. As a result, final exams were pushed back to Jan. 5-6, the school district announced Monday.

Updated: Winter weather advisory, wind chill advisory issued

New Saturday:

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Champaign, Piatt, Moultrie, Shelby and Macon counties from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday.  More from the weather service:

Emergency shelter switching locations for Saturday night

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Canteen Run's overnight warming center will be available Saturday night at Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, 1913 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Top of the morning, Nov. 21, 2016

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. This week, Photo Editor JOHN DIXON describes his fruitless hunt for a photo of last week's supermoon.

Last Monday morning, I was chasing the supermoon through the sky over Champaign.

At 4 a.m.

Wind advisory issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for several counties in East Central Illinois.

For DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion and Macon Counties, the advisory begins Friday afternoon and runs until Friday evening. For Ford and Iroquois Counties, the advisory begins at 2 p.m. Friday and runs until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Forecasted cold spell has temps, leaves finally set to fall

Evidently, trees have also been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we've seen this fall — their slowness to shed has led to a sluggish start for local leaf pickup.

But falling temperatures this weekend — lows in the 20s and 30s are forecast 10 days out, starting Friday — will ensure the remaining leaves will take a tumble, too, area arborists say.

September continues summer-long trend of above-normal temps

For the fourth month in a row and the eighth of nine this year, September temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were above normal, according to the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois.

It was C-U's sixth-warmest and 20th-wettest September on record dating back to 1888.

Outdoor burn advisory issued for northern counties

From the National Weather Service: