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Rain, Freezing Rain, Snow Create Hazardous Conditions

Snow on top of rain and freezing rain is creating hazardous conditions tonight. The National Weather Service office in Davenport says the Quad Cities is on the edge of a winter storm that could produce up to six inches of snow. 

Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Stairs like these may have been treated before the rain and snow. But don't count on it; always use the handrail.

Meteorologist Andy Ervin says it's already hazardous to walk and drive because many streets and sidewalks have NOT been salted or treated to melt ice.

And now that snow is falling, conditions are getting worse. The Quad Cities is on the edge of the storm and forecast to get 3-6 inches through Wednesday morning.

Ervin expects temperatures to fall to the upper teens and low 20s overnight. 

Then, from Thursday through Saturday, he says the cold is going to be "brutal" with highs in the single digits, lows from -10 to -15, and winds making it feel like -20 to -35 below zero.

The winter weather has also created an ice jam on the Rock River, upstream from Como in Whiteside County. River levels could change quickly, and people who live along the Rock should check river stages and forecasts.

Credit https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lot&gage=dxri2 / National Weather Service Quad Cities
National Weather Service Quad Cities

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