Winter storm watch issued for Quad-Cities area Thursday, Friday


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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2013, 9:34 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 19, 2013, 10:20 pm
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A second wintry blast is expected to hit the Quad-Cities region later this week.

The National Weather Service in the Quad-Cities has issued a winter storm watch for Thursday afternoon and Friday morning with 30-mile-per-hour winds, sleet, ice and 5 to 7 inches of snow.

Snow is expected to start by noon Thursday in southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri, reaching northeast Iowa and western Illinois by Thursday afternoon before diminishing on Friday. Gusting winds may cause blowing and drifting snow as temperatures hover in the 20s.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly once the snow starts, with travel becoming hazardous as roads are quickly covered by snow and ice. 

The wintry weather follows a Monday night mixture of winds, ice and snow that around 10 p.m. locally left more than 5,500 MidAmerican Energy customers and 5,200 Ameren customers without electricity.

Power was restored nearly all by mid-morning Tuesday, with a second round of outages occurring around 2:15 p.m. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, MidAmerican was reporting only two East Moline customers without power and Ameren was reporting no local outages.
















 



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