The National Weather Service in Lincoln said the tornado that briefly touched down about a mile east of the Peoria International Airport on Saturday night caused only minor damage.

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A snow removal expert says it is important for plow drivers to use the least amount of salt possible on the roadways to limit environmental impacts. 

Mark DeVries was the keynote speaker at the Snow and Ice Workshop in East Peoria for public works employees on Tuesday. He said once salt gets into the water system, it can have some serious impacts.

“So no matter what we’re using, we want to use only what we need in winter maintenance," he said.  

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Forecasters warn dangerously hot temperatures and oppressive humidity will persist through the weekend. An excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday evening.

Flooding along a river
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Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a second disaster proclamation issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Weekend Storm Sets Records

Jan 14, 2019
Peoria Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD - Parts of central Illinois registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.

A farmers market has opened in central Illinois despite the continued demolition of a riverfront platform.

Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

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Illinois climate experts say the state saw the fourth wettest February and March on record this year. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says the statewide average precipitation for the two months was nearly 8.7 inches.


The wettest February-March period was in 1898 with nearly 9 inches.

State officials say a section of ceiling has fallen in the Illinois State Fairgrounds' Livestock Center as the building hosts the Illinois Beef Expo.

The Peoria Zoo is looking for help naming its newest resident. 

Illinois climate and weather experts say the state saw drier and warmer than normal conditions during September.

Agriculture experts say pumpkin crops in central Illinois are still recovering, but improving two years after heavy rain decimated area yields.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking for temporary employees to help with snow and ice removal this winter. 

Two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey have collected weather data during the first coast-to-coast U.S. solar eclipse since 1918 and plan to analyze the findings.

Weather experts say data show Illinois had a cool and rainy May this year. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature during May was 61.9 degrees. That's eight-tenths of a degree below normal.

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Spring has sprung early in much of the U.S., bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about climate gone askew.  Scientists say this could potentially be a record early spring.   From Arizona to New Jersey, lilacs and honeysuckles are popping up earlier than usual, and birds are flying about.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Last month was one of the warmest Septembers on record in Illinois.

State climatologist Jim Angel says September's average temperature was nearly 71 degrees, or 4.5 degrees above normal. State records go back to 1895. September of this year was tied for sixth place with the year 2005.

 The warmest September was a tie between 1933 and 1925 when the statewide average was 72.2 degrees.

Longer Peoria County, City weather siren test set Tuesday

Mar 2, 2015

City of Peoria and County residents should be prepared to hear the outdoor warning sirens a little longer Tuesday. The monthly test will take place at ten in the morning and could last up to three minutes.

Area school closings, weather & traffic information

Jan 5, 2015

Wind Chill Warning

Tazewell County is officially a National Weather Service StormReady County. The designation is good for three years.

City of Peoria stretching its street salt

Feb 17, 2014

The City of Peoria has used more than 10,000 tons of salt so far this winter season. City Streets manager David Haste says there’s enough salt to last through the rest of the season. But he says his staff are trying to make the salt go further:

Peoria’s second snowiest winter on record

Feb 17, 2014

This winter is the second snowiest on record for the Peoria-area. The National Weather Service says the area has received more than 47 inches so far. That’s about 5.5 inches less than the highest recorded snowfall three years ago.  Kirk Huettl is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln. He says this winter is irregular for the region:

‘Vortex’ 2015? Not so fast

Jan 8, 2014

There’s one bright spot connected to the super-cold snap we had in the Midwest this week --- it probably won’t repeat itself for a few years at least.

Winter weather hits Illinois trains, too.

Jan 8, 2014

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be cancelled and roads to be closed. Usually the trains still run without incident. But during the winter storm of the past few days, Amtrak passengers in the region found themselves stranded on trains for hours at time. Illinois Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl reports:

Weather related information

Dec 13, 2013

Updated December 22, 3:00 p.m.

Hazardous weather moving out of the area

Some light snow or flurries will be possible today and tonight, but little additional accumulation is expected.

Very cold air moving into the area will freeze standing water and wet roads, which could cause hazardous travel conditions.


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Winter weather means drivers need to take their time, plan ahead, and give fellow travelers enough room to move.  That’s the message from Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce.  He says some drivers can cause accidents by crowding other cars of snow plows in winter weather:

Food and fun as Illinois State Fair begins

Aug 9, 2013

The Illinois State Fair officially got underway Friday. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on what's happening at this year's fair: 

Peoria residents facing large costs from storm

Jun 27, 2013

Some Peoria residents are facing heavy financial costs related to water damage caused by last weekend’s storm.  Dozens of residents called water mitigation and reconstruction companies to deal with the damage. Jack Kellerstrass is Vice President of ServiceMaster of Central Illinois. He says water-damage repairs can get very expensive.

Area students launch weather balloon

May 22, 2013

Nearly 300 area middle school students gathered at the Caterpillar Learning Center in Edwards to assemble and launch a weather balloon.  The project was led by Riverview Grade School science teacher Emily Dawson.  Dawson says the weather balloon inflates to more than five feet across with sensors to measure pressure, humidity and temperature before it lands:

National Weather Service

Updated January 28, 5:55 A.M. 

Here are the latest weather updates from the Peoria Public Radio Newsroom.

Wind Chill Warning