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 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.