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, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.