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Weather officials say the Mississippi River fell below flood stage in two southwestern Illinois cities for the first time in months.

The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services says the river measured below flood stage in Alton and Grafton Friday. That's the first time since early March.

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Severe winter weather is expected across the WNIJ listening area starting tonight.

The storm system is coming down from Montana and is expected to arrive around the dinner hour this evening.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for DeKalb, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, LaSalle, Grundy, Kane, and Kendall Counties from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday.  Furthermore, Rockford, South Beloit, and Beloit already have declared snow emergencies.  NIU staff meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste says to expect heavy snowfall overall.

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A smoky haze from a Canadian forest fire settled across Northern Illinois this morning.

A representative from the National Weather Service says the smoke is rolling across Lake Michigan, also affecting parts of Michigan and Wisconsin.

This morning, the National Weather Service in Milwaukee tweeted that "smoke from wildfires in western Canada has been pulled into southern Wisconsin behind last night's cold front."

Little information is available about the wildfire. Effects are expected at least through today, but may continue depending on how the fire is handled.

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Power outages and downed trees caused problems Wednesday night across northern Illinois as Winnebago, Boone, JoDaviess, and Stephenson Counties were hit by strong winds and heavy rain. 

The National Weather Service reports more than five inches of rain and winds of more than 50 miles per hour in Winnebago and parts of Boone County. The performance at Rock Valley College Starlight Theatre was cancelled due to the storm threats.

Snow On The Way For Northern Illinois

Mar 11, 2017

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Snow, which is in effect until 1 P.M. today.  

They predicted snow developing late Sunday evening and continuing through much of Monday morning. Forecasters expect accumulations of 3-4 inches.

Visibility will be reduced during heavier snowfall. Plan on difficult driving conditions.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility.

Severe Weather, Warnings In Northern Illinois

Feb 28, 2017
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According to the National Weather Service, a tornado warning is in effect for LaSalle County until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for Northeastern DeKalb County, Southwestern Lake County, Kane County, Northwestern DuPage County, Southern McHenry County, and Northwestern Cook County until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.  

The National Weather Service says debris can be life-threatening to people without shelter. It encourages people to take cover immediately.

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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.

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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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Nine tornadoes altogether touched down Monday night in northern Illinois, and one was stronger than officials originally determined.

The National Weather Service continues to investigate and evaluate damage and other information about the June 22 severe weather outbreak.

The tornado that caused considerable damage to Coal City, which is south of Chicago on the Grundy-Will county line, has been upgraded from an EF-2 to an EF-3. It was determined that top winds were around 160 miles per hour.

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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.”

Boosting Your Winter Vocabulary

Feb 19, 2014

Northern Illinois is experiencing a brief warm-up this week. But it still seems there is no end in sight to the brutal winter that has pummeled the region. Despite the inconveniences, the endless cycle of snow and cold temperatures has brought some seldom used weather terms to the surface.

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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.