Originally Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2013, 9:34 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 19, 2013, 10:20 pm

Winter storm watch issued for Quad-Cities area Thursday, Friday

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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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Ryan Halligan, of All Around Town Outdoor Services, removes a section of lighted garland from a light pole in downtown Moline, Feb. 19, 2013. Mr. Halligan and a co- worker braved Tuesday's bitter windchill of minus 9 to start the process of breaking down the holiday decorations along 5th Avenue in downtown Moline. Wednesday's forecast won't be much better for working outdoors with a high of 25 F and a windchill as low as minus 9 F.
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John Anderson, of Coal Valley, works to clear his snow- and ice-covered driveway Tuesday morning.Mr. Anderson, who lives on East 5th Street, said he never lost power but his lights flickered quite a bit. Both Ameren and MidAmerican Energy responded to outages in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Scott counties.
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Just before power was lost in Coal Valley Monday night, a series of bright blue and green flashes could be seen to the south. According to MidAmerican Energy, Coal Valley is experiencing the greatest number of outages in the Illinois Quad-Cities.

A second wintry blast is expected to hit the Quad-Cities region later this week.

The National Weather Service in the Quad-Cities has issued a winter storm watch for Thursday afternoon and Friday morning with 30-mile-per-hour winds, sleet, ice and 5 to 7 inches of snow.

Snow is expected to start by noon Thursday in southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri, reaching northeast Iowa and western Illinois by Thursday afternoon before diminishing on Friday. Gusting winds may cause blowing and drifting snow as temperatures hover in the 20s.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly once the snow starts, with travel becoming hazardous as roads are quickly covered by snow and ice. 

The wintry weather follows a Monday night mixture of winds, ice and snow that around 10 p.m. locally left more than 5,500 MidAmerican Energy customers and 5,200 Ameren customers without electricity.

Power was restored nearly all by mid-morning Tuesday, with a second round of outages occurring around 2:15 p.m. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, MidAmerican was reporting only two East Moline customers without power and Ameren was reporting no local outages.