Winter storm dumps 5 inches of snow in Moline


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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2014, 10:35 am
Last Updated: Feb. 17, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Quad-Citians continue to dig out from the five inches of snow dumped Monday by a fast moving storm, even as they hope for a boost from Mother Nature in the form of above-freezing temperatures.

The storm struck early Monday morning and moved out of the area by about 2:30 p.m., leaving
snowy streets and snarled traffic in its wake.  

A revised forecast from the National Weather Service said the highs for Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the upper 30s, lower than the mid-40s predicted earlier. Still, the warmer temperatures and the possibility of rain Wednesday could speed snow removal.

Davenport on Monday extended its snow emergency until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Public Works Director Mike Clarke said 45 pieces of city equipment were clearing snow Monday afternoon.

Rock Island Public Works Director Randy Tweet said cars parked along snow routes were being ticketed Monday, and will be towed Tuesday if they haven't been moved.

Travel was treacherous through much of the region on Monday. At midday, the Scott County Sheriff's Department advised against travel in rural Scott County due to extremely limited visibility from blowing snow. 

Interstate 80 westbound was closed for about two hours early Monday after a semi-tractor trailer rolled over just west of Annawan. No report on whether the driver was injured was immediately available. The road re-opened about 7:40 a.m.

Snow Totals

Snow totals as reported on the National Weather Service Quad-Cities preliminary local storm report at mid-afternoon Monday included:

In Illinois:
Moline, 5 inches
Morrison, 4.5 inches
Sherrard, 4.2 inches
Cordova, 4 inches
Geneseo, 3.5 inches
Galva, 3 inches

In Iowa:
Davenport, 5 inches
Bettendorf,4.8 inches
LeClaire, 4.5 inches
Muscatine, 3.5 inches

Winter records for the Quad-Cities, Dec. 1-Feb. 28, include:

Warmest: 1877-78 — 36.2 degrees (average)
Coldest: 1978-79 —14.1 degrees (average)
Most snowy: 1978-79 — 52.9 inches
Least snowy: 1921-22 — 6.0 inches
Coldest temperature: 22 below zero, Feb. 11, 2014
Warmest temperature: 79, Feb. 15, 1931

This Year:
Average temperature so far: 14.5 degrees
Snow fall: 51 inches
Coldest temperature: 22 below zero degrees, Feb. 11
Warmest temperature: 53 degrees, Dec. 4

SOURCE: NOAA.gov and NWS meteorologist Brian Pierce














 




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