Originally Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2014, 10:35 am
Last Updated: Feb. 17, 2014, 9:00 pm

Winter storm dumps 5 inches of snow in Moline

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Jose Trigueros lifts another shovelful of snow onto the growing pile at the end of his driveway in Moline on Monday, February 17, 2014. On Monday Mr. Trigueros and thousands of other Quad-City residents were busy digging out from the latest round of winter weather that dumped several inches of snow across the region.
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Leesha Ague, of Moline, gets covered in snow while she waits for Bear, her 4-year-old Pomeranian, to make a decision during a quick walk along 7th Avenue in Moline, Monday, February 17, 2014. The Quad-Cities got slammed by a late morning snow storm which dumped 4 to 5 inches of snow in approximately 3 hours. The new snow will just add to the messy melt-down expected on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs temperatures in the low to mid 40s both days.
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Katie Shell, of East Moline, helps a MetroBus driver get unstuck from the intersection of 16th Street and John Deere Road in Moline during the height of Monday's snowstorm. Ms. Shell and her boyfriend, Curtis Newberry Jr.. also of East Moline, were traveling behind the bus when it got stuck in the snow. She said the couple was helped by a stranger who gave them an entire bag of salt few days earlier and helping the bus driver was their chance to pay it forward.
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Tiffany Piehl, of Coal Valley, shovels the driveway while her 10-year-old son Sam takes a break from helping his mom to sled off the top of a bush in the front yard and down the driveway, Monday, February 17, 2014. The Quad-Cities got slammed by a late-morning snow storm which dumped 4 to 5 inches of snow in approximately three hours. The new snow will just add to the messy melt-down expected on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs temperatures in the low- to mid-40s both days.
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Craig Cordell, of Moline, braves Monday's heavy snow to dig out both his and his mother's vehicles in the 1700 block of 14th Avenue in Moline, Monday, February 17, 2014. The Quad-Cities got slammed by a late morning snow storm which dumped 4 to 5 inches of snow in approximately 3 hours. The new snow will just add to the messy melt-down expected on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs temperatures in the low to mid 40s both days.
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Isabella Smith, Izzy Pinc, Emma Miner and Emma Smith speed through the falling snow Feb. 17, 2014, at Stephens Park in Moline.
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Ran Miles of Moline walks his dogs, Trigger and Ms Dez, near Riverside Lagoon Monday morning during the latest round of snowfall. Miles said 'as long as you dress appropriately, the weather is not really that bad.'
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Josh Linn, a dishwasher at Barley & Rye Bistro in downtown Moline, clears the morning snowfall from the restaurant's sidewalk Monday, February 17, 2014. The Quad-Cities is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. this evening. The forecast for the rest of Monday calls for more snow and a high of 34 degrees. The snow accumulation may reach 3 to 5 inches.

Quad-Citians continue to dig out from the five inches of snow dumped Monday by a fast moving storm, even as they hope for a boost from Mother Nature in the form of above-freezing temperatures.

The storm struck early Monday morning and moved out of the area by about 2:30 p.m., leaving
snowy streets and snarled traffic in its wake.  

A revised forecast from the National Weather Service said the highs for Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the upper 30s, lower than the mid-40s predicted earlier. Still, the warmer temperatures and the possibility of rain Wednesday could speed snow removal.

Davenport on Monday extended its snow emergency until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Public Works Director Mike Clarke said 45 pieces of city equipment were clearing snow Monday afternoon.

Rock Island Public Works Director Randy Tweet said cars parked along snow routes were being ticketed Monday, and will be towed Tuesday if they haven't been moved.

Travel was treacherous through much of the region on Monday. At midday, the Scott County Sheriff's Department advised against travel in rural Scott County due to extremely limited visibility from blowing snow. 

Interstate 80 westbound was closed for about two hours early Monday after a semi-tractor trailer rolled over just west of Annawan. No report on whether the driver was injured was immediately available. The road re-opened about 7:40 a.m.

Snow Totals

Snow totals as reported on the National Weather Service Quad-Cities preliminary local storm report at mid-afternoon Monday included:

In Illinois:
Moline, 5 inches
Morrison, 4.5 inches
Sherrard, 4.2 inches
Cordova, 4 inches
Geneseo, 3.5 inches
Galva, 3 inches

In Iowa:
Davenport, 5 inches
Bettendorf,4.8 inches
LeClaire, 4.5 inches
Muscatine, 3.5 inches

Winter records for the Quad-Cities, Dec. 1-Feb. 28, include:

Warmest: 1877-78 — 36.2 degrees (average)
Coldest: 1978-79 —14.1 degrees (average)
Most snowy: 1978-79 — 52.9 inches
Least snowy: 1921-22 — 6.0 inches
Coldest temperature: 22 below zero, Feb. 11, 2014
Warmest temperature: 79, Feb. 15, 1931

This Year:
Average temperature so far: 14.5 degrees
Snow fall: 51 inches
Coldest temperature: 22 below zero degrees, Feb. 11
Warmest temperature: 53 degrees, Dec. 4

SOURCE: NOAA.gov and NWS meteorologist Brian Pierce