After being pelted by another round of snow on Tuesday, the Quad-Cities is about to be treated to a couple of days of sunny skies and some warmer temperatures that will spark the melting process.
Meteorologist Tim Gross of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said Tuesday night that the clouds will begin disappearing today with the mercury climbing into the low 30s.
Clear skies tonight coupled with snow on the ground is expected to result in the overnight low around 13 degrees, he said.
“It looks like Thursday will be sunny with a high in the lower to middle 30s, and then by Friday, we’re looking at mostly sunny skies with a high near 40,” Gross said.
High temperatures Saturday, Sunday and Monday should be in the lower to middle 40s, but with a chance of rain each day that should encourage melting of the snow, he added.
Gross said the system that entered late Monday night into Tuesday dropped an official 4.1 inches of snow at the Quad-City International Airport in Moline.
The Davenport Municipal Airport received 4.2 inches, he said.
“We were expecting roughly 4-7 inches from this storm for the Quad-City metro area,” he said. “The heaviest snow fell north and east of the Quad-Cities.”
While people wonder why the storm did not drop more snow, meteorologist Andy Ervin said that, “If you focus in on the very top range, you’re going to be disappointed most of the time.”
For instance, Charlotte in Clinton County got 5.7 inches of snow, Ervin said. Park View got 5.1 inches, while Cedar Rapids got 5.7 inches. By late afternoon, Chicago had recorded 6 inches.
The ripple caused by cancellation of more than 1,100 flights at O’Hare International and Midway airports in Chicago was felt at the Quad-City airport, although traffic was mostly back to normal by Tuesday night.
For several hours Tuesday morning, Quad-City roadways were wet and slushy but mostly clear of snow.
Although all major and most arterial streets were clear of snow by 11 a.m. Tuesday, neighborhood streets and sidewalks were a different matter.
Denise Young, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, said the fairly heavy snowfall creates fall hazards for letter carriers while also slowing down their deliveries.
“You have to be more careful, and that slows you down, too,” she said during her Moline route Tuesday morning. “Unfortunately, most people have not shoveled their sidewalks, and that makes our jobs harder. It definitely makes things more dangerous for us.”
One positive bit of fallout from wintry weather: “There are fewer dogs outside,” Young said.
Also, this weekend, daylight saving time returns.
(Reporter Barb Ickes contributed to this story.)