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Larry Stephens

Winter makes a comeback tonight in northern Illinois. There’s a winter storm warning along the Wisconsin border, with four to six inches of heavy, wet snow starting at 6:00 this evening.

This fast-moving storm will bring 2 to 4 inches everywhere else north of I-80. Wind and ice could complicate tomorrow morning’s commute.

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The winter storm is winding down, but you can still expect some challenges on the roads this morning. Monday’s sleet, snow, and high winds have dissipated. But temperatures that have fallen overnight have created patchy slippery spots on roadways.

Temperatures will continue to fall to just below freezing throughout the day. Flood warnings have also been issued for communities all along the Illinois River.

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Illinois's wet June is now going to the record books.

State Climatologist Jim Angel says rainfall within the past few days made the month Illinois's wettest June in recorded state history. State records go back to 1895.

Angel said through Saturday, the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 8.91 inches. That tops the previous record June in 1902 -- 8.27 inches of rain fell that year.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster declaration for Lee and Grundy counties as a result of the tornadoes that ripped through northern Illinois on Monday.

Rauner surveyed tornado and storm damage in Lee County and in Coal City on Tuesday morning.

"It's a miracle, frankly, when you see the devastation that there were no deaths and no life-threatening injuries," Rauner said after viewing the damage in Coal City by helicopter.

The Weather Channel

Heavy rainfall and flash flood warnings came across northern Illinois this past week. 

With tropical depression Bill landing in Texas Friday, severe storms may hit Illinois again this weekend, according to The Weather Channel

National Weather Service

Tornado sirens are for people who are outdoors. For everyone else, there are a lot of options these days when it comes to staying on top of weather emergencies. Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste says the key word is “redundancy.”

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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.

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