The Quad-Cities is expected to have an unseasonably warm Saturday and then see a 20-degree drop on Sunday, with six to 10 hours of rain.
National Weather Service Quad Cities is predicting a high of about 70 degrees Saturday - about 20 degrees above normal. Saturday night's low is expected to be about 56 degrees.
On Sunday, expect "a good, old-fashioned late autumn cold front" to hit mid- to late day, NWS meteorologist Bill Nichols said, adding that temperatures will drop from a high of 61 to about 41 degrees in three to six hours.
"We could see six to 10 hours of rain, maybe some embedded thunder, and the rain will be moderate to heavy at times," Mr. Nichols said.
Total rainfall is expected to be three-fourths to 1.5 inches. Mr. Nichols said if there is snow, it will likely only be a few flakes.
Winds are expected to be 15 to 25 mph, and thelow about 31 degrees.
He said when Sunday's rainfall is combined with the rain the area has received over the past six weeks, there will be enough soil moisture to get through the winter.
According to the NWS, there is a slight chance for rain or snow Monday, with a high of 37 degrees and low of 24 degrees.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.