The National Weather Service has upgraded the Freeze Watch for East Central Illinois to a Freeze Warning. The warning is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday for the following counties: Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby, Moultrie, Piatt, Macon, DeWitt, McLean, Iroquois, and Ford.
The weather service says temperatures will range from 29 to 32 degrees on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The cold temperatures will cause damage to sensitive plants, so you should take the necessary precautions to protect them by bringing the plants indoors or covering them.
Also, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Ford and Iroquois Counties from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. In addition, the weather service has issued a Special Weather Statement for an enhanced fire threat for Tuesday afternoon. The Special Weather Statement effects the following counties: Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby, Moultrie, Piatt, Macon, DeWitt, and McLean.
A low relative humidity combimed with strong winds will elevate the risk for fires to spread rapidly on Tuesday. You should refrain from any outdoor burning.