CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS - FEBRUARY 17th, 2021 (Update 6am 2/17):

Pritzker Issues Statewide Disaster Proclamation Amid Winter Storms

Feb 16, 2021
Capitol News Illinois photo by Sarah Mansur

Dangerous sub-zero temperatures and massive snow accumulation across Illinois prompted Gov. JB Pritzker to issue a disaster proclamation for the entire state on Tuesday.

City of Murphysboro

The Murphysboro Public Works Department got some help clearing area roads of snow from an unlikely source.

Mayor Will Stephens posted on Facebook he helped snowplow driver John Spradling push snow for about 45 minutes on Monday afternoon.

In addition to the heavy snow, temperatures are dangerously cold.

The West Frankfort Police Department Lobby is now open as a warming center.

COVID Testing And Vaccine Cancellations

Feb 15, 2021

Numerous local health departments are making changes to vaccine clinics and COVID testing because of the winter weather. 

Some public health departments are rescheduling their planned COVID vaccine clinics because too many people won't be able to make it out this week.

Most clinics are being pushed to next week, though some departments say they're going to try for later this week.

The National Weather Service in Paducah is calling out for additional weather observers in the region.

(UPDATED 6:20am) School districts in southern Illinois are making attendance decisions due to wintry conditions. Please read carefully the lists below:

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Paducah says our region is in for an active winter weather pattern this week.

Ameren Readies for Polar Vortex

Feb 8, 2021
Courtesy of Ameren Illinois.

With the coldest temperatures of the year heading our way later this week, Eric Kozak with Ameren Illinois says  the utility has access to 12 storage fields throughout the state capable of holding natural gas in case demand spikes.

January weather was warmer than normal in Illinois...but the state's climatologist says a big change is coming.

State Climatologist Trent Ford says last month's temps were nearly two and a half degrees above average, but that isn't continuing into February.

Jordan Ronat/NWS

Based on reports from weather observers around the region, the heaviest snowfall on Wednesday occurred in the Missouri Ozark Foothills.

State Climatologist Trent Ford Summarizes 2020 Weather

Jan 22, 2021
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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford looks back on the 2020 weather year.

Illinois Climatologist Trent Ford On 2020's Weather.

Jan 19, 2021
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For southern Illinois, 2020 was a wet year, and Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford says the extra rainfall lasted well into spring.

National Weather Service, Paducah

A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for much of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri for New Year's Eve into New Year's Day, but that may not be the last of potentially dangerous weather.

A coat drive is helping keep Southern Illinois children warm this winter.

The New Coats, New Hope campaign is collecting donations to purchase new coats for children affected by abuse, neglect, disaster or personal need. The coats will be available with no questions asked.

The drive is sponsored by WIBH radio and the Southern 7 Health Department. Health Department Community Outreach Director Shawnna Rhine said they expect a greater need for coats this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weather Channel

All eyes are on Laura in the Gulf, as she is forecast to make landfall near the Louisiana and Texas border Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service says the best chance of her heaviest rains will move through our region Thursday night into early Saturday.

Saharan Dust Cloud To Impact Southern Illinois

Jun 26, 2020
National Weather Service
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A Saharan dust cloud could impact Southern Illinois this weekend. Winds have carried the dust from the west coast of Africa across the Atlantic and into the United States. This is a regular phenomenon that happens yearly, but the dust cloud this year is larger than average.

Chris Noles, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Paducah, said the impact should be relatively minor, thanks to thunderstorms in the forecast.

WUSI 90.3 FM is temporarily off the air because of a power failure in the region.   Norris Electric Cooperative is working to restore power to the Dundas area.   Norris is currently reporting more than 100 customers remain without power in Richland County following strong storms Wednesday evening.


The U.S. Small Business Administration says a deadline is quickly approaching for some of those impacted by excessive moisture, flooding and flash flooding that began on September 1, 2018.

Two Tornado Anniversaries Close Out February

Feb 28, 2020
National Weather Service

Even though we're still in the final weeks of winter, this is the anniversary of two recent tornado outbreaks in the region.

Region Could Face Another Flood Fight in 2020

Feb 25, 2020

It appears our region may be in for another flood battle this spring.

Winter Weather Headed Toward The Region

Feb 5, 2020
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The region can expect to see some wintery weather tonight and early tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service is predicting a mix of freezing rain, sleet and possibly snow. 

The St. Louis area will see the worst of the storm, with conditions improving as you go east, said National Weather Service Paducah meteorologist Chris Noles.

"The heaviest activity should be up toward the St. Louis metro area and back down I-44 and then as you head southeast towards say, Sparta, up to Salem and then back down to Perryville, Missouri, amounts will be much lighter," Noles said. 

Brett Adams, who farms near the town of Peru in southeast Nebraska, takes the good news where he can get it these days. After nearly a year, the floodwater is mostly gone from his riverside farmland.

Adams is on the local levee board, which manages the town’s nearly 8 miles of Missouri riverbed. And the (unpaid) work keeps him very busy: he was on a call when I first climbed into his pickup, apologetically holding a finger up every so often.

After hanging up, he said he can’t afford to miss a call. Somebody might be on the other end bearing good news.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Paducah has completed damage surveys from storms this past weekend.

They found 12 tornadoes occurred around the region, two in southeast Missouri, one in southern Illinois, and nine in western Kentucky.

National Weather Service

Tornadoes hit portions of the region this past weekend.

The National Weather Service in Paducah reports its storm damage teams have been surveying damage.

SIU Carbondale

Due to a major winter storm forecast for northern Illinois this weekend, officials at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say residence halls will open a day early on Friday at 2 p.m. to allow students to travel safely.

WSIU News Update (1/9/2020)

Jan 9, 2020

Partly cloudy and windy this morning, winds diminishing this afternoon. 

Hi near 55 degrees today.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois officials are urging the public to prepare now for potential spring flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, abnormally moist ground conditions and high river levels in the upper Midwest could lead to flooding this spring.

Get Prepared for Winter Driving

Nov 22, 2019
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The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that winter is coming. The "Winter Weather - Get It Together" campaign is reminding the public to be careful when traveling during the season.

The department released a list of recommendations: