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 Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.