After unseasonably high temperatures this week gave way to snow Wednesday, frigid temperatures and more snowfall are expected for the area.
Driving conditions in the Quad Cities were compromised yesterday after rain turned to snowfall around 7:30 a.m., said meteorologist Tom Philip of the National Weather Service. The Quad City International Airport on Wednesday recorded 2.7 inches of snow and .52 inches of rain and melted snow.
"As the [winter storm] system moved over the area, it brought colder air from the north down to the entire region," Mr. Philip explained.
While the Quad Cities saw 62 degrees around noon Tuesday, temperatures today are expected to top out around 13 degrees, accompanied by a few scattered flurries. Tonight's low is expected to be 7 degrees below zero, with a wind chill of 20 degrees below zero, followed by a Friday high in the teens.
Mr. Philip said a second storm system is expected to bring an additional one to two inches of snow Friday night and into Saturday. Temperatures then are expected to climb to 26 degrees Saturday and around 30 degrees on Sunday.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.