Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.

It will be sunny and breezy with a high near 33 degrees. West winds between 15 to 20 mph will produce gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight there's a chance of flurries between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. The overnight low will be around 16 degrees.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high near 26 degrees. Northwest winds will be around 10 mph.

Thursday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 15 degrees. Southwest winds will be around 5 mph.

'The Nutcracker' tradition continues

See "The Nutcracker" this weekend at the Alder Theatre in downtown Davenport.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO, Joseph S Maciejko

As is the case for most professional dancers, “The Nutcracker” was the first ballet Courtney Lyon laid her eyes on. Lyon has danced in “The Nutcracker” plenty of times since as a member of Ballet Quad-Cities. In her role of artistic director, she has also choreographed the holiday-themed show each season since 2009.

“The Nutcracker” is by far the company’s longest-running tradition. Ballet Quad-Cities has performed “The Nutcracker” every year since the company started in 1996. It is also, by far, the company’s biggest production and was coined in promotions as the “most iconic ballet of all time” ahead of the group’s performances in Cedar Rapids last weekend. Read more.

New coffee-table book on farm life now on sale

Lee Friederichs drives pigs into a trailer after separating them from the sows. Greg Boll

The Quad-City Times is pleased to announce a new hardcover coffee-table book, Into the Fields: A Celebration of Farm Life. This unique book provides an up-close and personal look at farm life over the years through the eyes of the Quad-City photographers and the treasured stories from writer Jennifer Ewoldt.

Since 2009, Jennifer Ewoldt has been sharing memorable tales about farming and rural life in her column, "Rural Route 4." Over the years, Quad-City Times readers have gotten to know her family, the ups and downs of the farm economy, the terror of drought, the celebration of a good harvest and the pain that comes from the death of a favorite horse.

The column is paired with beautiful photography showing farming and rural life in our community. The photos span generations – some pulled from the newspaper archives and many others shot by Quad-City Times staff photographer Jeff Cook, who has worked to capture local farm life for more than 30 years.

To order a copy of the book go to: