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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.