1. Winter returning to the Q-C
A good Wednesday to all. Today's weather term is "wintry mix." It's what the National Weather Service calls a combination of freezing rain, sleet and snow. We could see a wintry mix today through the weekend.
Here's the latest forecast.
Today there's a slight chance of freezing rain before 10 a.m. then a chance of rain after 11 a.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 42 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Tonight there's a 30 percent chance of rain before 8 p.m. then a chance of freezing rain and a wintry mix along the I-80 corridor between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 20 degrees.
Current indications suggest any ice or snow accumulations will be light, but roads may still become slick at times.
Thursday will be cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 26 degrees and a low around 10 degree.
North winds and much colder air will combine to produce wind-chill values to -15 degrees north of I-80 as another larger storm system may bring more rounds of a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain over the weekend and into next Monday. Check back for future updates as the NWS fine-tunes its forecast.
A flood warning is in effect until Monday evening for the Rock River near Joslin, Ill. Ice action and some rain runoff are going to push the Rock into flood stage this morning. Early today the Rock was at 11.9 feet and rising. Flood stage is 12 feet. The River should rise to 12.1 feet Thursday morning then fall below flood stage Monday evening.
2. Wildcats avenge early-season loss
Davenport North girls basketball coach Ron O'Brien had the newspaper clipping of North Scott upsetting his squad earlier this season inside the locker room the past two days.
"It was one of those losses we didn't want to have and you could see how happy they were to win," senior Jinaya Houston said. "It got a fire under us."
The rematch turned out to be one-sided. Class 5A fourth-ranked North clobbered 4A sixth-ranked North Scott 65-36 to remain in a first-place Mississippi Athletic Conference tie with Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley at the midway point. Read more.
3. Obama bids farewell in last speech
President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.
Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama's valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the many trials the U.S. faces as Obama takes his exit. For the challenges that are new, Obama offered his vision for how to surmount them, and for the persistent problems he was unable to overcome, he offered optimism that others, eventually, will. Read more.
4. Q-C Farm Show coming up this weekend
Quad-City area farmers are sure to be thinking spring as the Quad-Cities Farm Show rolls into the QCCA Expo Center beginning Sunday. More than 200 exhibitors — from equipment companies to farm supply and technology vendors — will be on hand for the three-day show in Rock Island.
In its 26th year, the farm show runs from Sunday through Tuesday, Jan. 15-Jan. 17. Read more.
5. Maple Street Grille is a 'destination place' in Orion
Grilled cheeses aren’t on Maple Street Grille’s menu, but the chef doesn’t say so when a table orders three of the sandwiches.
“How can you say no when everybody knows you by your first name?” JR Greenwood said with a laugh from inside his kitchen. For Orion, Maple Street Grille sits on somewhat historic ground. It replaced The Factory Restaurant and Lounge, which closed in April 2015. Read more.
6. 'Taste of LeClaire' hits the town Sunday
Spend Sunday in LeClaire and you can sip on whiskey, red wine hot chocolate and try a crab rangoon pizza. Yes, you read that right. The town is launching its inaugural "Taste of LeClaire."
The event features free samples and restaurant specials from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday along the Cody Road strip. The afternoon of eating coincides with the "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard" initiative by the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. Read more.