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The upcoming season could make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

A spring allergy outlook from Accuweather says a slow climb out of winter weather will delay the spring season. But when it hits early next month, it’ll be “intense.” 

The Illinois state climatologist says March was colder than normal and unusually snowy.

The statewide average temperature for the month was 38 degrees. That's three degrees colder than average.

Closings For Tuesday, January 28

Jan 28, 2014

The current Arctic blast hitting the northern Illinois region has resulted in another round of weather related closings for Tuesday.

Larry Stephens

Dangerously cold temperatures and the potential for blowing snow have led to more closings today. 

CLOSINGS 1/23/14    5:00 pm 

Weather Much Different For Illinois Farmers In 2013

Jul 8, 2013

This year's cooler, wetter weather is much different than what Illinois farmers were dealing with last year. Last year's drought almost appears to be a distant memory for growers.

Allyson Kellner

We’ve received a lot of rain here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and more is on the way. The following is a list of some of the closings and cancelations due to extraordinary flooding in some parts of our listening area:

Forecast Office / National Weather Service, Chicago

“The most significant March snowstorm in several years” is how the National Weather Service in Chicago is describing the storm we are bracing for here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  We’re looking at 7 to 10 inches of snow, even heavier in some areas, developing late tonight and continuing through Tuesday. 

National Weather Service

Are you ready for the latest round of shoveling? A winter weather advisory for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin is in effect through 6:00 Friday evening.

Cities Declare Snow Emergencies

Dec 20, 2012
City of Lake Geneva, Wi.

Kishwaukee Community College cancelling classes after noon Thursday

In preparation for the first major winter storm of the 2012/2013 season, the City of Rockford Public Works Department is issuing a Snow Emergency Declaration.  Odd/Even parking restrictions will be in place.  In Wisconsin, Beloit and Janesville have also has declared snow emergencies.
 

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 Wednesday night's thunderstorms brought lightning, heavy rains, and strong winds to northern Illinois. Wind gusts hit 70 mph just south of Rockford, and 60 mph in DeKalb. The storm drenched Elgin with over an inch of rain in 20 minutes. A ComEd spokesperson says the storms resulted in more than 160,000 outages in northern Illinois.  

Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible