A good Monday to all. Another winter storm has the Quad-City region in its sights. Let's take a look at the latest National Weather Service forecast.
The Nation Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the region beginning at 3 p.m. today an continuing until 9 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the storm warning, "An area of low pressure will strengthen as it tracks from Oklahoma to southeast Lower Michigan bringing widespread snow and mixed precipitation to eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois. The most likely area for a period of sleet and freezing rain is along and south of a Freeport, Ill. to Iowa City line. Moderate, to at times heavy, precipitation is expected to develop quickly during the mid to late afternoon today, and continue into tonight. Light to moderate snow will continue on Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon strong northwest winds will develop with gusts up to 40 mph. This will cause considerable blowing and drifting into Tuesday night, especially where the heavier snow occurs."
Drivers should plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact Tuesday's morning and/or evening commute.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
1. Snow today, Tuesday
Snow is likely after 3 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 33 degrees. East winds between 5 to 15 mph will gust as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain, will become all snow after 3 a.m. The low will be around 30 degrees. East winds will gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent with new ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches is expected.
Tuesday: Snow is likely before noon with patchy blowing snow after noon. The high will be near 32 degrees. It will be breezy with a north wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with new snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Tuesday night: There will be a 20 percent chance of snow before 9 p.m. with patchy blowing snow before 2 a.m. Skies will be cloudy then gradually becoming partly cloudy with a low around 9 degrees. Wind-chill values will be as low as -5 degrees. West winds will gust as high as 35 mph.
Rock River remains under flood warning
The Flood Warning continues for the Rock River at Moline continues until further notice.
Early today the Rock was at 14.3 feet and holding steady. Flood stage is 12 feet. Major flooding is occurring and is expected to continue. The Rock is expected to fall 14.1 feet tonight then continue falling.
At 14 feet, water affects South Shore Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline west of the 27th Street bridge. Water limits access to homes on South Shore Drive east of the I-74 bridge. Water also affects portions of 60th Street south of John Deere Road.
2. Potholes, potholes, everywhere
In between the snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain and arctic temperatures, public works crews in Davenport have been filling the potholes the winter leaves behind.
To report a pothole call, 563-326-7923 during between 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or submit a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.
When submitting your request, state the size of the pothole to help crews prioritize. You can also include pictures if you have an opportunity to capture an image safely.
Davenport has more than 1,100 lane miles of pavement.
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