Originally Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2013, 7:56 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 28, 2013, 11:19 am

Season of extremes: Mother Nature can't make up her mind

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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com

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Gulls and a bald eagle were about the only activity on the Mississippi River near Sunset Lake in Rock Island Monday morning as fog still engulfed the area mid- morning.
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Freezing rain forms icicles on a stop sign in Rock Island on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Sunday's winter precipitation cancelled some church services and community events before afternoon temperatures rose and melted the slippery ice that coated Quad-Cities roads and sidewalks.
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Like so many trees and bushes in the Quad-Cities, the plants in East Moline were coated with a layer of ice as freezing rain moved through the Quad-Cities on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

Bitter cold, then mildly chilly. Freezing rain and sleet, then just plain old rain.

Geeze, Mother Nature! Make up your mind!

The slippery, soggy Sunday left the Quad-Cities with up to 0.52 inch of a freezing rain/sleet/rain mix, as measured at the Quad City International Airport, National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Ferry said.

The Quad-Cities woke up today to some fog, drizzle and mild temperatures climbing to the upper 40s by the afternoon, Mr. Ferry said. Some rain and thunderstorms are possible tonight, he said, dragging with it more fog and high temperatures nearing 50 degrees.

More rain and thunderstorms are expected again on Tuesday, Mr. Ferry said, with high temperatures in the low 50s.

But Tuesday night's rain "will probably be changing to snow" later on, Mr. Ferry said, with low temperatures in the mid-20s.

We'll have a slight chance of snow Wednesday, too, with highs about 30 degrees before a return to a "deep freeze" with high temperatures in the teens on Thursday and lows close to zero, Mr. Ferry said.

"We're running the gamut here," he said.