A couple of days of sunshine should help melt the snow that fell Thursday into Friday and give Quad-Citians a respite from winter weather before another system enters the area Monday.
Depending on how fast the clouds depart, most of today and Sunday should be sunny with high temperatures reaching the upper 20s to the lower 30s, said meteorologist Dan Ferry of the National Weather Service, Davenport.
Low temperatures over the weekend should dip back into the teens, he added.
Ferry said the system that came through Thursday night and early Friday dumped 3.2 inches of snow on Davenport and 2.8 inches of snow — the official total — at the Quad-City International Airport, Moline.
“We were lucky on the timing of that storm,” Ferry said. “It came through after the evening rush hour Thursday and the heavier snow was done before the morning rush hour Friday.”
Dry air in the region slowed the beginning of the snow and kept accumulation down, he said.
Also, the moisture content of the snow was not as high as predicted because of the drier air, he said. Instead of quarter-inch flakes with a lot of moisture, what fell on the Quad-Cities was lighter, fluffier snow.
City crews had an easy time getting the main thoroughfares cleared.
“We had this one whipped,” said Davenport Public Works director Mike Clarke, adding that crews will spend today working on residential streets.
Rock Island Public Works director Bob Hawes had his crews working the residential areas Friday.
The main roads, he said, “cleaned up pretty easily because it was so warm.”
Come Monday, another “pretty significant storm” will move into the Midwest, Ferry said. “It’s just a matter of where it’s going to track.”
“A couple of the computer models have it zeroing in on our area, while a couple of them have it moving south of the Quad-Cities,” he said.
It’s possible that the wind will be more of a factor in the approaching storm, with northeast winds possibly blowing from 20-30 mph, he said.
While the forecast calls for Monday’s high temperature to be in the middle 30s, Ferry said that should be taken with a grain of salt.
“The temps will vary depending on where this storm tracks, as will the snow totals,” he said.
Ferry said the system is a complicated one, but there should be more solid predictions about its path by Sunday.
Nationwide, at least four deaths were linked to the storm, including three from traffic accidents, brought on by gusty winds and snow-covered roadways.
Kansas and Missouri saw a foot or more of snow on Thursday, and spent Friday digging out and clearing miles of roadways. Impressive totals included 18 inches in the southern Kansas town of Zenda; 17 inches in Hays, Kan.; 13ƒ inches in northeast Missouri and south-central Nebraska; and 12 inches in parts of Kansas City, Mo.
The Minnesota State Patrol blamed the snow for more than 500 accidents Friday. One driver was killed when she lost control, came to a stop in oncoming traffic and was broadsided by another vehicle in a St. Paul suburb.
A western Iowa woman was run over Thursday by her car, which had gotten stuck on her steep, slippery driveway. And a 70-year-old woman from Wichita, Kan., died after her car slid and collided with a train.
In Ohio, which was clipped by the storm, a United plane slid off a slick runway at the Cleveland airport onto a grassy area, but no injuries were reported.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)