FORECAST

Rain tonight, Thursday brings threat of ice jams, flooding

2014-02-19T04:25:00Z 2014-02-20T04:48:10Z Rain tonight, Thursday brings threat of ice jams, floodingRoy Booker and Rick Rector The Quad-City Times

The National Weather Service is calling for sunny skies and a high near 42 degrees this afternoon. Then rain enters the forecast.

Tonight there is a 90 percent chance of rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 a.m. No severe storms are expected. A few may produce small hail south of Interstate 80.

Some areas along and south of Interstate 80 could receive rainfall amounts between three quarters to an inch and one half. This may result in some ponding issues in urban areas and small stream flooding.

Smaller iced up creeks may still come out of their banks in some locations. The threat of ice jamming also will increase along some rivers and streams.

There will be areas of fog between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. The low will be around 32 degrees.

Thursday there is a 100 percent chance of rain before 4 p.m. then rain and possible snow. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

There will be areas of fog after 7 a.m.

The high will be near 45 degrees. East winds will gust as high as 30 mph.

Thursday night there is a 90 percent chance of rain and snow before 7 p.m. New snow accumulation is expected to be less than half of an inch. The low will be around 20 mph.


EARLIER REPORT: A good Wednesday to all. After weeks and weeks and weeks of snow and cold, we finally have something else to talk about — rain.

But before the rain, the Quad-Cities will see a little sun, with another day of above freezing temperatures. Today's high is expected to reach the the lower 40s, our second consecutive day of 40-plus degrees.

Rain and fog are on tap for tonight, according to the National Weather Service, with an overnight low of around 33 degrees. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible.

More rain and fog is likely on Thursday. It will be breezy with a high near 43 degrees.  Now there is a chance Thursday night that this rain could turn to snow, but little or no snow accumulation is expected for the Q-C metro area, according to today's NWS forecast.

If you live near a river or stream watch for quickly rising levels as runoff and ice jams could cause problems

It's a different story if you were living in Des Moines or Waterloo. That  area is under a blizzard watch.

Now enjoy the change of pace. Can winter truly be in our rear view mirror?

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