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WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane Beryl’s to bring heavy rainfall and potential flooding to Illinois

Warming centers open as bitter cold descends on Central Illinois

West Side Park in Champaign.

CHAMPAIGN – Many Central Illinois communities are opening warming centers so people without regular shelter are not exposed to subzero temperatures settling into the area.

The National Weather Service in Central Illinois forecasts a low around 10 degrees and wind chill values as low as -4 on Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Champaign Urbana. Temperatures will fall even further on the next night. Meteorologists are predicting a low of 2 degrees and wind chill values as low as -13 on Thursday night/Friday morning.

The City of Champaign says the Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center in 70 E Washington on January 5, 6, and 7 from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The center will also be open on January 8 between 8:00 a.m.-noon. Also, the Salvation Army Stepping Stone Program and Daytime Warming Center at 2212 N. Market St. will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Click here for other shelter options in Champaign.

In the Bloomington-Normal area, the cities list the TA Truck Stop at 505 Truckers Lane, Bloomington Public Library at 205 E. Olive St., Normal Public Library at 206 W. College Ave., and Uptown Train Station at 11 Uptown Circle as places people can go during the weekdays to keep warm. Click here for other shelter options throughout McLean County.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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