A good Thursday to all. The Quad-Cities is in for another mixed bag of winter weather, and all eyes are on the rising Rock River. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.
1. A chance of snow, drizzle and rain
A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected south of Interstate 80 this morning and winter weather advisories are in effect. A dusting of snow and less than a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation are expected. Tonight, another round of wintry precipitation is expected west of a Freeport, Illinois to Iowa City, Iowa line. Less than a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected and winter weather advisories have been issued. (See above)
For the Quad-Cities metro area there's a 30 percent chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 37 degrees.
Tonight drizzle is likely before midnight then rain between midnight and 4 a.m. The low will be around 33 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 43 degrees and a low around 28 degrees. There will be a 20 percent chance of snow after midnight.
For the weekend:
Saturday: There will be a chance of snow before 9 a.m. then a chance of rain and snow between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., then a chance of rain after 11 a.m.. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 46 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent with new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday night will see rain before 4 a.m., then a slight chance of freezing rain. Some thunder is also possible. The overnight low will be around 29 degrees.The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Sunday will be mostly sunny and breezy with a high near 44 degrees and a low around 25 degrees.
2. Ice jams contribute to Rock River flooding
Flood warnings continue for the Rock River in Moline, the Iowa River at Wapello and Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt. Here are the latest river levels.
• Rock River at Moline until further notice. Earlier today the Rock was at 11.9 feet and rising. Flood stage is 12 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage this morning and continue rising to 14.7 feet Friday evening. Floodwaters will impact 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. Water also affects portions of 60th Street south of John Deere Road.
• Iowa River at Wapello until today. Earlier today the Iowa was at 19.8 feet and rising. Flood stage is 20 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage this morning and continue rising to 20.1 feet today, then fall below flood stage later today. Floodwaters will flood agricultural land near the river is flooded and cover most islands. Water starts rising onto secondary roads in Wapello Bottoms.
• Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt until Saturday. Earlier today the Wapsi was at 12 feet and rising. Flood stage is 11 feet. The Wapsi is expected to rise to 12.2 feet Friday morning the fall below flood stage Saturday. Floodwaters will affect residences and businesses along the river between Wheatland and Calamus.
3. Ask the Times: When is Long John Silver's reopening?
Quad-City Times readers wonder if there still are plans to reopen the Long John Silver's/A&W Root Beer restaurant on Brady Street in Davenport? Ask the Times columnist Roy Booker gets the answer. Read more.
4. Don't miss Amanda's picks
Entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock offers 6 fun-filled things to do this weekend in the Quad-Cities. Read the list.
5. Redband Coffee shop is emblem of new downtown
In the early 2000s, it might have been hard to imagine the vacant gas station at Davenport's 4th and Iowa streets as the source of gourmet coffee for a bustling clientele of downtown workers and residents.
Especially the "residents" part.
But the Redband Coffee Co. has been so successful in the once-deserted location that its owners are expanding, constructing an addition to the back that will nearly double its footprint by June. Read more.
6. Moline parks holds special meeting
The Moline Park Board is hosting a special meeting today for public comment on the Prospect Fishing Pier. The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Moline Public Works, 3635 4th Ave.
Residents are encouraged to attend and offer suggestions in regards to the architectural design of a new structure.
For questions, contact Lori Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-524-2421.