The Quad-City region can expect to see a variety of weather this week, from rain on Tuesday to warm temperatures on Wednesday and possibly snow on Thursday, and definitely cooler temperatures come the weekend.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Timothy Gunkel, Davenport, said late Sunday that the system expected to dump up to a foot of snow over much of the Dakotas and would bring rain to our area Tuesday.
“We’re definitely going to get some rain, and on the back side, possibly some enveloping snow showers on Thursday,” Gunkel said. “Some of the models say we can see some light aggregations, but I wouldn’t trust that until we’re a couple of days closer to Thursday.”
By the time the weekend rolls around, Gunkel said daytime highs will only be in the mid-20s and above.
For Monday, the forecast calls for cloudy conditions with a high of 40 and a southeasterly wind blowing between 10 and 15 mph.
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It is expected to be breezy Monday night into Tuesday with an easterly wind blowing between 10 and 15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph. The overnight low temperature is expected to drop to 31 degrees.
The normal high temperature for Monday is 38 degrees, while the normal overnight low temperature is 21 degrees.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for rain, mostly after noon, with windy conditions and gusts up to 35 mph. Rainy and breezy conditions will continue through Tuesday night.
Gunkel said total precipitation out of the system would range from a quarter of an inch to an inch.
Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to reach around 43 with an overnight low of 38.
Wednesday’s high temperature under mostly sunny skies could reach 53 degrees. Gunkel said there was warm air coming out of the system that would bring cooler temperatures and a chance of snow on Thursday.
The normal high for Wednesday is 37 degrees; the normal minimum overnight is 21 degrees.
Thursday is expected to start partly sunny with a high of 38 degrees. As of Sunday there is a 30% chance of snow Thursday night. There is also a 30% chance of snow before noon Friday with a high of 34.
Saturday and Sunday are expected to be partly sunny with high temperatures reaching only 20 degrees.
Clinton, Jackson and Jones counties in eastern Iowa are the only counties in the state not experiencing any type of drought conditions.
In the Iowa Quad-Cities, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, and Cedar counties are abnormally dry. Every other part of Iowa is experiencing everything from moderate drought just west of the Quad-Cities, to exceptional, extreme drought in the western part of the state.
The entire Illinois Quad-City region, including Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, Knox, Warren and Whiteside counties, are experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
Gunkel warned that much cooler temperatures were coming in the area.
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center outlook for December 19-25 indicates there is a 70-80% chance that temperatures in the Quad-Cities will be below normal and cold air will spread to the Gulf states.
Precipitation during that period is expected to be near normal.