Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 7:44 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.
After unseasonably high temperatures this week gave way to snow on Wednesday, frigid temperatures and more snowfall are expected for the area.

Driving conditions in the Quad-Cities were compromised Wednesday 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 on 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 on Friday night and into Saturday. Temperatures are expected to climbto 26 degrees on Saturday and around 30 degrees on Sunday.