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Cities declare snow emergencies ahead of "strong winter storm"

National Weather Service Quad Cities

The National Weather Service says the Quad Cities area could receive a foot of snow in the next couple of days.

A winter storm warning will be in effect Monday night until Wednesday morning. The snow, coupled with possible 40 mph wind gusts on Tuesday, will make driving dangerous.

The warning was issued Monday morning for parts of central and northwest Illinois and eastern Iowa. After a warm winter in the Quad Cities area so far, it says people can expect more cold and snow after this.

National Weather Service Quad Cities

The cities of Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island have declared snow emergencies.

In Davenport and Moline, people will not be allowed to park on posted snow routes Monday night through Wednesday. But Davenport's parking ramps will be free during that time.

In Rock Island, the emergency begins once there is two inches of snow. People won't be allowed to park on snow routes until the snow has been cleared.

In Dubuque, most city offices will be closed on Tuesday. The city will offer free parking in some city ramps until next Tuesday.

The National Weather Service suggest keeping warm clothes in the car and preparing for a potential power outage.

National Weather Service Quad Cities

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.