(5:00PM - 11/21/19) The Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower is expected tonight, also known as the "Unicorn" meteor shower. This event has quickly gained media and public attention across the county. However, upon further review by Bill Cooke, a NASA researcher, this meteor shower will only be lower end and only partially visible for half of the US...which being much more pronounced across the Atlantic. More information from Bill Cooke can be found at the following link...
With that said, Illinois will already be on the lower end of the spectrum for meteor shower potential. On top of that, with a series of storm systems moving through the region, cloud cover will prevent any viewing across much of the state tonight.
(1:30PM - 11/19/19) This week is winter weather preparedness week for Illinois. This might seem a bit late given much of the state has already received accumulating snow and cold temperatures the past several weeks, but now is the time to be prepared for the long haul of winter that will be soon upon us. This is a good time to review all home/vehicle/personal/pet preparedness/safety.
We have put together a page with several useful links, which can be accessed from the link below. From school closings, to preparedness/safety tips for your home and vehicle, to helpful tips for your pets...we have you covered.
All it takes is a little snow and Illinois roads turn into an icy slip and slide. We saw this earlier today as I-74 was briefly stopped in both directions due to numerous accidents. Drone footage from Sky 3 shows just how bad the roads became during the peak snowfall. Once again it goes to show that even just an inch of snow can cause problems on the roadways. It's not only the snow though, it's also the distracted/aggressive drivers that are not paying attention to the conditions. Situations like these are why we advocate not driving in the wintry conditions. It may not be you driving poorly, but unfortunately as many have found out, you may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Icy conditions will continue through the next 36 to 48 hours across the state. Portions of northern Illinois may even see more snow on Wednesday which may further complicate travel. Stay tuned for further updates and please be safe out there on the roads!
(12:00PM - 11/2/19) It's that time of year again...Time to push the clocks back 1 hour at 2AM tonight. Gaining an hour of sleep tonight will be nice for some. However, having to get used to the time change can be hard for some, especially since it will be getting darker earlier in the evening. It's also another sign that the holidays and winter are around the corner! This is also a good time ti check batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and weather radios.