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."
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.
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.
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.
A dense fog advisory has been issued for several area counties. More from the National Weather Serivce:
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:
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New 3:38 p.m. Friday: Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt and DeWitt counties have been added to the freezing rain advisory.
The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Piatt, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The weather service said visibility will be less than one-quarter mile in spots. You should take caution while driving.