A good Wednesday to all. If you thought we received a lot of rain yesterday, you'd be correct. It was a record day. The National Weather Service saw 1.36 inches of rain fall at its Moline office. That breaks the old record of 1.33 inches set in 1953. We'll have a chance to dry out today before snow and drizzle make a return to the forecast. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.
1. Mostly sunny today, but cold
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 32 degrees and a low around 24 degrees. Winds will be from the north at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday brings a chance of snow before noon then a slight chance of drizzle. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 37 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Thursday night will see a chance of drizzle or freezing drizzle before 2 a.m. then a chance of freezing drizzle. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 31 degrees.
Lookiing ahead? Let's turn to a hazardous weather outlook from the NWS. It states: " ... Light snow will develop across the area on Thursday and slowly change over to drizzle south of U.S. 30. Freezing drizzle is expected during the change over producing some ice accumulation. Any snow accumulation looks to be less than an inch.
"Thursday night into Friday morning another round of freezing drizzle and snow is expected resulting in some snow and ice accumulation.
"Friday night into Saturday night another storm system is forecast to affect the area. A wintry mix of precipitation is possible Friday night that will change over to all rain on Saturday."
2. Rising rivers still a concern
Many area rivers and streams are under a flood warning.
Here's the latest flood warnings from the NWS.
• Rock River at Moline until further notice. Earlier today the Rock was at 11.3 feet and steady. Flood stage is 12 feet. No flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecasted. The river is expected to rise above flood stage today and continue rising to 14.8 feet Friday. Floodwater will affect South Shore Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline west of the 27th Street bridge. Water limits access to homes on South Shore Drive east of the I-74 bridge and also affects portions of 60th Street south of John Deere Road.
• Iowa River at Wapello until Thursday evening. Earlier today the river was at 17.3 feet and rising. Flood stage is 20 feet. No flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecasted. The river is expected to rise above flood stage tonight and continue rising to 20.4 feet Thursday morning. The river will fall below flood stage Thursday night. Water will impact agricultural land near the river is flooded and will cover most islands. Water starts rising onto secondary roads in Wapello Bottoms.
• Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt until Saturday morning. Earlier today the river was at 11.4 feet and rising. Flood stage is 11 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The river is expected to rise to 12.4 feet Thursday then fall below flood stage Saturday morning. Water will affect old U.S. 61 near the river.
• Green River near Geneseo until Thursday. Earlier today the river was at 14.2 feet and steady. Flood stage is 15 feet. No flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecasted. The river is expected to rise above flood stage tonight and continue to rise to 15.2 feet Thursday morning. The river will fall below flood stage later Thursday. Water will affect some roads around south Colona.
• Maquoketa River near Maquoketa until this evening. Earlier today the river was at 27.4 feet and falling. Flood stage is 24 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring. The river is expected to fall below flood stage this evening. Water will affect industries on the north end of Maquoketa.
3. Accused East Moline killer appears in court
Willie Frank Minor, 29, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 6 shooting death of Jon Keener in downtown East Moline, made a brief appearance Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
Minor was to have a preliminary hearing, but that hearing was continued until 11 a.m. March 6, according to staff at Rock Island County Jail, where Minor is being held on $5 million bond.
About 11:20 a.m. Feb. 6, East Moline police responded to reports of a shooting near the intersection of 3rd Street and 15th Avenue. They discovered Keener lying on the south side of the roadway edge with a gunshot wound to the head.
This is the third reported homicide in the Quad-Cities in 2018, and the second one in East Moline in recent months. Read more.
4. Davenport woman wins $30,000 lottery prize
A Davenport woman has won a $30,000 prize in an Iowa Lottery scratch game, the lottery announced Tuesday. Luanne Morgan won the 58th of 91 $30,000 prizes available in the Bonus Crossword scratch game. Morgan purchased the ticket at Big 10 Mart located at 999 Middle Road, Bettendorf.
Bonus Crossword is a $3 scratch game. For more information, visit ialottery.com.
5. Food truck ordinance coming soon to Bettendorf Council agenda
It's not a question of if, but rather when food trucks will begin populating the city of Bettendorf.
Bettendorf officials have been researching a mobile food vendor ordinance since last year and after gathering input and feedback from the community, the ordinance could make its first appearance March 6 on the City Council's agenda.
Prior to a draft of the ordinance coming out, there were concerns about how to make the ordinance fair and equitable for food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants given that traditional restaurants have to pay property taxes. Read more.
6. Lane restriction in Clinton
The city of Clinton reports that because of sewer lining repairs, 2nd Avenue South from South 6th Street to South Bluff Boulevard, will be restricted to one lane today and Thursday.
Crews will be working from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Flaggers will be present.
Delays are to be expected. Drivers should consider an alternate route.