Central Illinois will miss out on any snow problems for Thanksgiving. But those in other places, like out east, there could be problems if traveling for the holiday.
If there's any bright spot, it's that gas prices remain low.
The National Weather Service reports no significant accumulation of any snow is expected. If any snow, it'll be a rain and snow mix and won't pose any by travel problems.
Six to 12 inches of snow is forecast for Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York state. Rain, low clouds and poor visibility could lead to airline delays on the busiest traveling day of the year.
Drivers also should continue to see low prices at the gas pump. Average prices at the start of the week were almost 35 cents per gallon lower than the same time last year, and 24 cents lower than a month ago, according to GasBuddy.com.
Illinois is one of 39 states with averages below $3 per gallon.
The weekend should bring warmer temperatures in east-central Illinois and in nearby Indiana. Highs will be around 40 degrees on Friday and above 50 degrees on Saturday. It could be a little cooler on Sunday.
Santa Clause arrives in Watsek Friday, parade at 7 pm
The Watseka Elks Lodge and the Watseka Kiwanis Club will lead the annual Christmas parade in Watseka on Friday, November 28th. Santa Claus arrives via the parade and will greet children at his downtown Santa House.
The parade steps off at 7 pm, beginning at the Glenn Raymond School and following the usual parade route. Parade announcer will be Jake Ray of WGFA Radio. The announcer and parade judges will be stationed at Santa's House on Walnut Street.
The Elks Lodge and Kiwanis were chosen for parade marshal honors for their community service traditions, according to the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Elks Coats for Kids program has distributed more than 150 coats per year to kids in need for the past three years. They host annual Bingo for Cancer Fighters, a fundraiser benefiting families affected by cancer, as well as a children's carnival.
The Kiwanis club also focuses on helping the children of the community from its annual peanut sales, serving lunch at the local fishing derby and volunteering in many area events.
Santa will be receiving children of all ages after the parade and will be in his downtown house from 10 am.'til noon Saturday, November 29, and again 10 am.'til noon Saturday, December 20.
Parkland Volleyball advances to national title match in NJCAA
Cobra squad includes two locals
PHOENIX — The Parkland College volleyball team is in the national NJCAA Division II championship tonight (Sat).
For the second consecutive year, coach Cliff Hastings' team will play for the NJCAA Division II championship. Today (5:30 pm.) match comes after the Cobras secured a 3-0 sweep in the semifinals Friday night.
The nationally-ranked Cobras' squad includes two former local standouts from the Sangamon Valley high school conference.
Hayley Gray is a right-side hitter from Watseka High School. Kailey Kleinert is a middle-hitter from PBL High School.
Lizzy Barnard, from Unity, had 11 kills as Parkland overpowered Columbus State 25-23, 26-24, 25-16 in the semi-finals Friday night.
The Cobras (54-2) trailed in the first set 23-22 and in the second set 22-17.
"This is such a unique group," Hastings said. "We don't want to be down, but we can be down and still have a lot of confidence. We don't get rattled or flustered."
Kankakee Police arrest man for rape, armed robbery of 63-year-old woman
A 27-year-old Kankakee man, who police say is a four-time felon, has been arrested for the November 10 rape and armed robbery of a 63-year-old Kankakee woman. The rape took place in the victim's Riverview apartment.
Travien Moore was captured by the Kankakee Police S.W.A.T. team after DNA evidence confirmed his identity as the suspect in what Police Chief Larry Regnier (Ring – E) called a "particularly heinous" crime.
Moore will be charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion and armed robbery. He is scheduled to make a weekend court appearance today (Sat).
Police reported Moore served time in prison four-times since 2006.