A good Friday to all. A National Weather Service frost advisory remains in effect until 8 a.m. this morning as temperatures have dipped into the mid 30s. All but the heartiest will need a jacket before they head out this morning.
Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.
1. More rain possible today
Today there's a 40 percent chance of showers before 2 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 44 degrees. Overnight patchy frost is possible after midnight with a low around 35 degrees. And note the above graphic — Flurries are possible to the south.
Saturday will bring patchy frost before 8 a.m. It will be cold at those morning youth soccer games, so bundle up. Otherwise, the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 52 degrees and a low around 42 degrees. South winds will gust as high as 20 mph.
Sunday will see a 40 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 48 degrees and a low around 34 degrees. There will be a 50 percent chance of rain before 10 p.m.
2. Area rivers cresting or nearing crests
The Mississippi, Rock, Wapsipinicon, Cedar and Iowa rivers are currently under flood warnings until further notice. Here's the latest river levels.
• Mississippi River at Rock Island Locks & Dam 15 — Currently at 17.74 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Expected to rise to 18.3 feet Saturday morning. At 18 feet, water surrounds Modern Woodmen Park, affects sections of River Drive in downtown Davenport from Gaines Street to 4th Street and affects 2nd Street at Iowa. Most of LeClaire Park is under water. Water also affects Credit Island.
• Cedar River near Conesville — Currently at 15.45 feet and steady. Flood stage is 13 feet. Expected to rise to 15.5 feet this morning. At 15.5 feet, water affects residences along County Road G28 and affects several gravel roads.
• Iowa River near Wapello — Currently at 26.7 feet and falling. Flood stage is 20 feet. At 27 feet, water reaches the bottom of the Iowa 99 bridge near Oakville.
• Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt — Currently 13.44 feet and steady. Flood stage is 11 feet. Expected to rise to 13.6 feet today. At 13 feet, water affects many residences along the river.
• Rock River at Moline — Currently at 14.65 feet and slowly falling. Flood stage is 12 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.
Flood traffic update:
• Moline shuts down River Drive because of rising Mississippi: The City of Moline has closed River Drive between 23rd and 55th streets because of rising floodwaters. Drivers will have access to local businesses at 23rd Street, 34th Street, 41st Street, and 55th Street. Suggested detours include 12th Avenue, Avenue of the Cities, and Illinois 92 (4th Avenue).
• In Davenport, all traffic on River Drive between Division and 3rd streets is being detoured because of water over the roadway.
The Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, continued its rise Thursday on the way to a crest of about 18.5 feet some time Saturday…
3. Recent rains causing major headache for farmers
Local soybean and corn growers project the wet weather — 4.07 inches of rain since Oct. 1 — could extend this year's harvest by a week and hurt their bottom line. Normally, those farmers would be out in the fields harvesting 12 to 14 hours a day or longer this time of year.
The moisture causes a number of problems — from the logistics of loading the crop to its storage, as well as effects on corn kernels and soybean pods. Even with the arrival of dry weather, problems persist because of soft fields. Read more.
4. Body found in Blue Grass home that was engulfed in flames
The Iowa State Fire Marshal has been summoned to investigate a fire at a Blue Grass home in which a body was discovered, Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said Thursday night.
The fire fully engulfed the home at 13308 95th Ave., he said. The call for the fire came in at 6:08 p.m.
According to the Scott County Assessor’s electronic records, the home belongs to Cynthia and Gary Webb. The body has not been identified, Lane said.
Only one body was discovered in the home, he said.
Lane said he was told that it was a very hot fire, and that he did not know the condition of the body.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine if the person died as a result of the fire or died by some other means, he added. Read more.
5. Trial date set for Moline police chief
Moline Police Chief John Hitchcock, charged with drunken driving in Scott County last month, is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 19.
Associate Judge Cheryl Traum also scheduled a Nov. 7 pretrial conference, according to court records filed Thursday.
On Wednesday, Hitchcock filed a written plea of not guilty to one count of operating while intoxicated through his attorney, Andrew Larson, ahead of his scheduled arraignment Thursday.
Court records allege that Hitchcock, 50, of Andalusia, was stopped by an Iowa State Patrol trooper who clocked him going 90 mph in a 65-mph zone near mile marker 131 on southbound U.S. 61 in Scott County around 6 p.m. Sept. 7.
Moline Police Capt. Trevor Fisk and Capt. Brian Johnson were with him at the time of the traffic stop, according to the city of Moline.
Hitchcock was taken to the Eldridge Police Department, where a test recorded his blood alcohol content at .201, according to court records. The legal limit is .08.
He also was cited for speeding.
Hitchcock was placed on paid administrative leave. A decision about his employment with the department had not been made as of Thursday.
The two captains were given a five-day suspension in connection with the incident.
6. Murphy's rise to top fuels PV to 8th straight MAC cross country title
Max Murphy did not crack the lineup last fall for the Pleasant Valley boys cross country team's state championship run. It motivated him to do something about it during the summer. The junior logged around 450 miles in training, the second most of anybody in coach Erik Belby's program.
Murphy has been rewarded for his determination this fall. He recorded his first career win Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Athletic Conference meet to power PV to its eighth consecutive league title. Read more.
Spartans' Lafever overcomes mental hurdles to claim MAC crown
Mallory Lafever emerged on the scene in a big way as a freshman. The Pleasant Valley distance runner placed sixth at the state cross country meet.
The past two seasons have not gone to Lafever's liking, finishing 66th and 36th at the state meet in Fort Dodge. Lafever is eager to make up for it in her final go-around with the Spartans.
Lafever claimed her first Mississippi Athletic Conference championship Thursday at Emma Young Park, completing the 5K course in 19 minutes, 54 seconds and leading the Spartans to a repeat title. Read more.