Originally Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2013, 5:43 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 19, 2013, 10:28 am

Monday's mid-50s followed by freezing temps, snow this week

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Ryan Willers, of Coal Valley, works to clear his snow- and ice-covered driveway on Tuesday morning. Monday's storm left portions of Coal Valley and other area cities without power overnight. Mr. Willers, who lives on East 5th Street, said he never lost power but his lights flickered quite a bit. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Quad-Cities area Thursday and Friday, with 30 mph winds, sleet, ice and possibly 5 to 7 inches of snow.
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Traffic on U.S. 6 is slowed by evening snow showers on Monday Feb. 18, 2013. The forecast for the rest of the evening calls for a low of 14 degrees with a windchill as low as 1. Snow accumulations could total one inch.
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Fifteen-month-old Jude Muir and his three-year-old brother, Liam, play in Longview Park Monday morning as mom Heather supervised. They were taking advantage of the beautiful, sunny morning. Inclement weather is forecast for later this week.

Get ready for a 45-degree drop in temperatures.

While Monday's mercury reached 55 degrees by noon, Tuesday night's low is forecast at just 10 degrees.

Partly cloudy skies Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to limit temperatures to the low to middle 20s as highs before moving into the upper 20s on Thursday. The warmer weather, however, also brings the chance of snow Thursday afternoon with an accumulation of about an inch.

Snow possibilities continue through Thursday night, with another two inches possible, before turning into a mix of snow and rain on Friday as temperatures climb to 37 degrees, fueled by south/southeast winds 10 to 15 miles per hour that will push the windchill into the teens.

Fog figures prominently into the weekend forecast, with a 60 percent chance of snow to start next week, possibly with accumulations up to three inches.