A winter storm moving into the Quad-City region Thursday afternoon is expected to drop 5-7 inches of snow through Friday morning, said meteorologist Dan Ferry of the National Weather Service, Davenport.

High winds with gusts of up to 30 mph will cause drifting and blowing snow.

Ferry said driving conditions will deteriorate quickly once the snow begins due to the poor visibility and the roads becoming snow- and ice-covered.

The high temperature Thursday is forecast to be in the middle 20s.

The snow should end about noon Friday with the high temperature reaching into the middle 30s. Clearing skies Friday night will allow the mercury to dip into the teens overnight.

QCTIMES.COM/SNOWVOTE: Think you can out-predict the experts? Tell us how much snow you think we’ll get.

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Less than an inch               15%

1-2 inches                          30%

3-4 inches                          20%

5-6 inches                          10%

More than 6 inches            10%

Enough to cancel school    15%

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