Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast. This afternoon there is a 40 percent chance of drizzle then a chance of rain after 3 p.m. There will be areas of fog after 2 p.m.

Otherwise skies will be cloudy with a high near 38 degrees. East winds will be around 5 mph.

Tonight there is a freezing rain advisory in effect until 6 a.m. Friday. Areas northwest of a line from Freeport, Ill., to Memphis, Mo., are most at risk of accumulation. Locally dense fog could reduce visibility to less than one half of a mile.

There is a 70 percent chance of rain before midnight then freezing rain is likely. New ice accumulation of less than 0.1 of an inch is possible. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 28 degrees.

Friday there is a 40 percent chance of freezing rain and sleet after noon. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 32 degrees.

Friday night will be cloudy with a low around 22 degrees.


EARLIER REPORT: A good Thursday to all. Fog turning to drizzle turning to freezing rain turning to snow. That's what is on tap for the Quad-Cities over the next few days. 

Let's break it down the best we can at this hour.

It's currently 32 degrees under fair skies with areas of patchy fog expected throughout the day. The high temperature for the day will be 38 degrees.

Late afternoon will bring drizzle with rain likely before midnight then freezing rain. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent with new ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. The overnight low will be 28 degrees.

A National Weather Service freezing rain advisory will be in effect from midnight to 6 a.m. Friday. What that means is slippery roads, so be careful out there.

There's a chance of freezing before noon Friday which could make the morning commute hazardous. After noon that rain could turn to snow, although there is only a slight chance of that at this time. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

The daily high temperature will be 30 degrees with the overnight low forecasted at 22 degrees.

Saturday brings a chance of snow, freezing rain and sleet after noon. It will be cloudy with a high near 32 degrees.

But then it gets ugly on Saturday night with freezing rain and sleet, becoming all snow after midnight when a potent winter storm sweeps through the Midwest. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch are possible.

And on Sunday? More snow. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Exactly how much snow the Q-C will get is uncertain at this time.

Stay tuned.

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