After conditions got very bad on Tuesday, more ice is expected for the Quad Cities on Thursday. Temperatures are hovering around freezing for the first part of the day and this has the atmosphere primed for freezing rain, sleet, and snow.
The Quad Cities will be right on the line of a majority rain or a majority freezing rain. Parts of northern Scott County could get significantly more ice than southern Rock Island county. That’s how quickly the weather can change Thursday. Ice accumulations should really only hover around a tenth of an inch for those on the line but isolated spots in eastern Iowa and the Missippi Valley could get upwards of a quarter of an inch of ice. Snow accumualation is also possible in the areas shaded in blue with upwards of 1-2 inches before all is said and done this afternoon.
The light rain will turn into freezing rain mix around lunchtime and then majority of that mix by the early afternoon. The impacts will be similar to Tuesday with travel being dangerous, especially in those areas where the ice accumulations are the greatest. If the roads can stay warm enough, main roadways shouldn’t get too bad because they are very well salted enough to handle the freezing rain.
Drive carefully and never risk it if you don’t think you’ll be safe. Also lean forward if you walk over icy sidewalks or roads!
After the snow flurries clear out in the afternoon, temperatures are going to plummet tonight. The QCA will fall down to the lower single digits overnight and that is going to bring the potential of flash freezing on roadways as well because the salt doesn’t work as well as temperatures fall closer to zero. When you factor in the wind chill it will feel like it is around 20 below zero!
Stick with Local 4 online and on-air throughout the day as we continue to follow the developing forecast.