A day after Mother Nature teased the Quad-Cities with a record high temperature of
62 degrees, Old Man Winter stormed back into the region with a vengeance Wednesday and is expected to make an extended stay.
Today’s high will reach only about 9 degrees, said meteorologist Andy Ervin of the National Weather Service, Davenport. The overnight low will dip to minus 9 degrees. There also will be a chance of snow flurries.
“Friday’s going to be disgusting,” Ervin added. “The high should be only about 11 degrees, but there’s a 50 percent chance of snow Friday night with a low of about 9 degrees.”
The biggest problem will be the dangerous, even life-threatening wind chills today and Friday, he said.
“We’ll see wind gusts today up to 30 mph and about 25 mph tonight,” Ervin said. “Wind-chill factors will be minus 9 during the day today, and then dip to minus 25 to minus 30 tonight and Friday before noon. We may see those wind chills reach zero after noon Friday. But that is still dangerous. People will need to take precautions.”
A warming trend moves into the area Saturday when the high is expected to reach into the middle 20s with a
50 percent chance of snow, he added. The high Sunday under mostly sunny skies is expected to be near 30.
A total of 2.7 inches of snow fell Wednesday, beginning about 8 a.m. in the Quad-Cities and ending shortly after 4 p.m.
Area law-enforcement authorities reported numerous accidents, traffic blockages and backups and jackknifed trucks as the snow pelted the region. Quad-City metro area police police reported a number of fender-bender type accidents and vehicles in ditches, but no serious injuries were reported.
Wet, slushy snow covered a stretch of U.S. 61 that saw several cars in ditches and an accident involving a Scott County Sheriff’s Department squad.
“It happens when you get into that slippery weather,” Major Mike Brown of the sheriff’s department said.
The sheriff’s deputy was assisting a motorist who had slid off U.S. 61 just south of Long Grove when a car going southbound lost control and slid into the squad car. No one was injured and the collision caused minor damage to both vehicles, Brown said.
Even a state trooper’s wife wasn’t immune to a near-collision on U.S. 61 with a tailgating driver.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Dan Loussaert said his wife drove onto an icy ramp after taking their son to school when another driver accelerated onto the ramp, lost control and hit the median.
“In 20 years, I’ve covered a lot of crashes where people were dead right,” Loussaert said. “They’re driving the right way. They’re hit by someone else who made a mistake, lost control and hit them.”
This is the second time this month that the Quad-Cities got rid of all its snow, only to have it come back again almost immediately, Ervin said.
“We got rid of the December blizzard snow, that 4.9 inches that fell on the 20th, with some nice warm temperatures including a couple of days in the 50s on January 11 and 12,” he said. But a winter storm blew in January 12 and dumped 1.2 inches of snow on the area.
Ervin added that high temps Monday through Wednesday should be in the 30s.