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Meteorologists Predict Mild Winter in the Quad Cities

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Meteorologists are predicting a mild winter in the Quad Cities. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures between December and February will be warmer than normal. 

Ray Wolf, meteorologist in the Davenport office, says temperatures be warmer than last winter, which he says was one of the worst on record in the Quad Cities. 

"One thing we can say from a positive standpoint is, just from a sense of the statistics of things, the odds of being that nasty again are pretty small."

He says residents can expect an average snowfall totaling about three feet, and the first flakes could fall as early as November.

"Certainly, it'll have some episodic periods of particularly cold weather. That's pretty typical. It might get into some ice events. We're in the part of the world where freezing rain can be problematic at times."

Wolf says the bulk of snow will fall in the Quad Cities from December through February. 

For the near future, he predicts mild weather through early November, along with rain, but does not foresee any snow for the next few weeks. 

Renata Sago is WMFE's general assignment reporter and occasional Morning Edition anchor. She covers everything from major political campaigns and unemployment to civil rights legislation and the performing arts for WMFE and NPR.