Originally Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 5:44 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 30, 2013, 7:33 pm

Slow ride caused by wintry mix

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By Kevin Smith, correspondent@qconline.com

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Sean Whitney, of Rock Island, takes cover from the snow under a pink umbrella in front of Theo's Java Club in downtown Rock Island on Wednesday. The forecast for the rest of Wednesday and into Wednesday night called for a low of 9F with a windchill as low as -4F. Today's forecast calls for more snow showers and a high of 10F with a windchill as low as -13F.
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Kampe James, of East Moline, braves the high winds and snow while en route to his vehicle after a business appointment in downtown Rock Island Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. The forecast for the rest of the day and into the night calls for a low of 9F with a windchill as low as -4F. Thursday's forecast calls for more snow showers and a high of 10F with a windchill as low as -13F.
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This morning's snow made driving treacherous in the Quad-Cities. Several vehicles slid into the ditch near the Long Grove exit on Highway 61. Three vehicles were in the ditch, while several more were pulled off due to other damages.
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Drivers on 12th Avenue in Moline east of 19th Street carefully negotiate the hill as snow falls this morning.
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Rain changes to snow this morning as a winter storm moves through the Quad- Cities. Drivers on 12th Avenue in Moline east of 19th Street carefully negotiate the hill as snow falls this morning.
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Traffic lights and car taillights reflect off the rain covered pavement of Moline's Avenue of the Cities Tuesday afternoon as rain slowly turns to snow late Tuesday evening Jan. 29, 2012. Up to four inches of snow on Wednesday is forecast for parts of the Quad-Cities.

After unseasonably high temperatures this week gave way to snow Wednesday, frigid temperatures and more snowfall are expected for the area.

Driving conditions in the Quad Cities were compromised yesterday after rain turned to snowfall around 7:30 a.m., said meteorologist Tom Philip of the National Weather Service. The Quad City International Airport on Wednesday recorded 2.7 inches of snow and .52 inches of rain and melted snow. 

"As the [winter storm] system moved over the area, it brought colder air from the north down to the entire region," Mr. Philip explained. 

While the Quad Cities saw 62 degrees around noon Tuesday, temperatures today are expected to top out around 13 degrees, accompanied by a few scattered flurries. Tonight's low is expected to be 7 degrees below zero, with a wind chill of 20 degrees below zero, followed by a Friday high in the teens.

Mr. Philip said a second storm system is expected to bring an additional one to two inches of snow Friday night and into Saturday. Temperatures then are expected to climb to 26 degrees Saturday and around 30 degrees on Sunday.

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