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 as reported on the National Weather Service Quad-Cities preliminary local storm report at mid-afternoon Monday included:
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.