Larry Stephens


Nearly all schools in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are closed. Many local government offices are closed, as well.

Northern Illinois University is canceling classes and university offices are closed for Friday, Feb. 9. at all locations. The school is reopening for events starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon, including those scheduled to commemorate Feb. 14, 2008. Normal operations resume at midnight.

Illinois Warming Centers Open During Cold Snap

Dec 13, 2016

More than 100 warming centers are open across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.

State-authorized warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during each facility's regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Find A Warming Center

The Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Weather Service released its outlook for November and following months.

It says climate pattern “La Niña,” which is known for sea surface temperatures dropping lower-than-normal, could make a presence this year.

However, State Climatologist Jim Angel says it could be weak.

"Coyote" by Flickr User mrpolyonymous / (CC X 2.0)

Wildlife experts in suburban Chicago say coyote sightings should increase as young animals leave their parents to find mates and their own territory.

Dan Thompson is an ecologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. He says young coyotes move around a lot because so much space is already occupied.

People see more coyotes in winter because there's less vegetation to hide them and snow makes them easier to spot. This doesn't necessarily mean there's a rise in population.

Preventing Injuries From Exposure To Cold Weather

Jan 8, 2015
Larry Stephens

Harsh winter weather has swept across most of northern Illinois this week and is a reminder to bundle up or stay inside. Frostbite and hypothermia are risks to those who cannot or will not take the proper precautions to prevent its deadly symptoms.

Since 1997, 163 people have died from over exposure to cold temperatures in Illinois. Jerry Wiltfang, who is director of emergency operations at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department urges the homeless and elderly to find suitable shelter from the cold.