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, May 22, the 142nd day of 2013. There are 223 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Large quantities of ice from LaCrosse and Lake Pepin are beingshipped on ice boats, towed by steamers to St. Louis and points below. 1888 -- 125 years ago: With the Mississippi River at 18 feet above the low water stage,Rock Island is waging a valiant fight to keep the river from flooding the entire city. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Approval has been given by the city commission for paving 45thStreet between 7th and 11th Avenues. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Herndon Wright, of East Moline, has won the discus-throw title, by aheave of more than 140 feet, to set a new high school record at Champaign. 1963 -- 50 years ago: With the Selective Service Law recently extended by Congress forfour more years, Mrs. Hazel Doris reminded young men that they must register withinfive days after attaining their 18th birthday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Over 500 Quad-Cities area retired volunteers were honoredrecently for their community services at a Retired Senior Volunteer Program luncheonat Palmer Auditorium in Davenport. Guest speaker, William Moffitt, director of productengineering of Deere & Co., spoke about leadership and stressed the importance ofcommunity volunteers.