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Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Saturday, March 24, 2018.

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UPDATED 10 a.m. | Forecasters say a winter storm is expected to bring as much as 9 inches of snow to parts of northern and central Illinois.

Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

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Several days of frigid temperatures are causing headaches for local homeowners and businesses dealing with frozen and burst water pipes.

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Heartland Community College will delay opening Tuesday until 10 a.m. due to the forecast of extremely cold early morning temperatures. The late start affects all Heartland locations.

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Many people have been struck by the strength and persistence of Hurricane Harvey, still drenching the Texas Gulf Coast with a record amount of rain recorded in one event in north America.

Total eclipse
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Day will look dark as night. Stars will shine at midday. Birds that are normally vocal during the day will suddenly grow silent. The daytime spectacle will rouse insects and other wildlife that usually come out only at night.

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Both Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance and Country Financial have mobilized catastrophe teams as Hurricane Matthew moves closer to the U. S. coast and gains strength.

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Damage assessment and cleanup has begun in Pontiac after a tornado tore through the west and south parts of town Wednesday night. Mayor Robert Russell said the tornado clipped about two blocks of residential housing on the south end of the city, causing some injuries in a mobile home park.

"The good news is that nobody critical. Some broken bones and maybe a broken hip and some cuts and bruises, but if you saw the devastation that went through, we're very very fortunate," said the Mayor.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated

At least one tornado struck Pontiac, Illinois Wednesday night causing heavy damage and at least three injuries. Information is still being collected by fire and law enforcement officials, though some reports indicate children were among those injured when a mobile home was destroyed. The Fire Department said overnight "some injuries appeared to be somewhat serious."

Storms Threaten

Mar 16, 2016
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Winds ripped the roof off a home in Springfield and a possible tornado was reported in Kankakee County as a severe storm moved through Illinois.

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Illinois State's efforts to warn campus and parents about oncoming severe weather have earned the National Weather Service's StormReady University designation. Meteorologists from the NWS Lincoln office recognized ISU during a news conference on campus Wednesday.

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Ice -- great for cocktails, bad for plants.  When an ice storm hits, it can tear apart trees, especially when it teams up with wind.   Patrick Murphy talks damage control on this edition of GLT's Grow.

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The forecast of snow accumulation late tomorrow has triggered a parking ban in both Bloomington and Normal. Vehicles are banned from all streets in the twin cities beginning tomorrow at 5 PM. In Bloomington, for snow accumulation more than 2 inches, the city plows hit all streets. In Normal, all parking is prohibited on all streets during a ban.

Get more information on the city of Bloomington's parking ban.

Gov Tours Flood Sites

Jan 4, 2016
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Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties --- but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses. Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove yesterday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. Rauner says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse.

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Efforts to restore power to those still without electricity are continuing in McLean County. Ameren Illinois estimates 6,800 customers remain powerless following the wind and ice storm, which knocked down trees and power lines throughout the county. That's 12% of Ameren's total McLean County customer base.

Many customers are reporting they've been told by Ameren it may be as late as 10 P.M. before the lights are back on.

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A wind advisory remains in effect for McLean County until 6 this evening. In the Peoria area, a winter storm warning is in effect until 3 pm.

Nearly 900 flights have been canceled across the U.S. and another 500 have been delayed due to the large storm system moving through the middle part of the country. Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed that more than a third of the cancellations were at Chicago's two main airports. Another large chunk came from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; several tornadoes touched down Saturday in the Dallas suburbs.

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What's in a name?  Well, plenty, if it's a storm.  Grow host Patrick Murphy is naming names of weather systems and looks into why dubbing storms fascinates us.

Winter Is Coming

Nov 20, 2015

Northern Illinois could see 10 inches of snow as the first wintry storm of the season comes into the state.  
 The National Weather Service says a mix of rain and snow Friday evening will turn to snow on Saturday. Snowfall totals will be as high as 8 to 10 inches across north-central Illinois. The area near Interstate 80 is forecast to see 3 to 6 inches and the shores of Lake Michigan should see 2 to 5 inches.  Central Illinois including the WGLT listening area will see 1 to 3 inches.