This winter has created a record amount of snow, but it's this week's warmup that will take the Quad-Cities down a very slushy road.
Monday heaped 5.9 inches of snow on the area, breaking the record for snowiest winter in Quad-City recorded history with a total of 53.3 inches since Dec. 1.
"I think we've seen enough," National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Ferry said.
He's looking ahead, wondering where the inch of rain expected to fall Wednesday and Thursday will go. The ground is still frozen, and even Tuesday's expected high of 40 degrees probably won't be enough to melt the snow.
Rock Island Public Works director Randy Tweet said this week may be warmer, but it will be messy with rain in the forecast and snow likely blocking many catch basins.
“We’ll get more runoff into the streets,” Tweet said. “I suspect it will be incredibly messy. We do get a number of street flooding calls when that happens.
“We try to plow all the way to the curb, but most catch basins are at the intersections, and it is hard to keep those clear.”
Davenport Police Cpl. Brian Heick said authorities responded to eight property damage accidents on the city's roads Monday.
“It was fairly light today for the way the weather was,” said Heick, who added only one injury was reported.
As if this winter wasn't satisfied being the snowiest, there's still more in the forecast for this weekend as temperatures will drop from the 40s back into the low 30s.
Winter for the Weather Service is from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.
The previous snowiest winter was 1978-79, when a total of 52.9 inches of snow fell. The winter of 2007-08 held the title of second snowiest until Monday. That season had 48.7 inches.
Randy Tweet's parents, Roald and Margaret Tweet of Rock Island, remember the winter of 1978-79.
They were taking a bus trip home from Minnesota during a major storm when the bus got stranded overnight in Des Moines, Margaret Tweet said. The next day, they reached a sign stating there were 24 miles left to Davenport, and Tweet said that because of the snow, it took the bus two hours to go that distance.
"There was just a lot of snow," she said.
Many Quad-Citians kept a good attitude despite the harsh season, Tweet remembered.
"About a week after the big snow, people were so polite and thoughtful," she said. "Everybody gave way to everybody else."
Walking in the street was a common occurrence, she added.
Growing up in the north-central Illinois town of Streator, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Pierce said he remembers the winter of 1978-79.
"I remember the bitter cold," he said. "That's the winter everyone talks about. The cold was far more extreme back then."
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For those who have awakened to dead car batteries this season, Pierce said the latest cold spell doesn't even compare to years past.
"We're not even in the top 10," he said.
In addition to once being the snowiest, the winter of 1978-79 also was the coldest, with an average temperature of 14.4 degrees. Pierce said the average temperature for January 1979 was 6.3 degrees, the coldest month ever recorded.
"It was horribly cold in January '79," Pierce said. "I remember every time it would warm up, it would snow."
This February was shaping up to be far colder than normal. Pierce said the average temperature this February until Sunday was 8.2 degrees, 10 degrees below normal.
With warmer days in the forecast the rest of the week, the average is likely to climb, Pierce said.
The coldest February in the Quad-Cities occurred in 1875, with an average temperature of 9.4 degrees.
"Theoretically, we're colder than that, but we're supposed to experience warmer temperatures the rest of the week," Pierce said. "If we get highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s, we're going to turn around and warm up that average temperature really fast."
(Kurt Allemeier and Jack Cullen contributed to this story.)