Season of extremes: Mother Nature can't make up her mind


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Originally Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2013, 7:56 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 28, 2013, 11:19 am
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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com

Bitter cold, then mildly chilly. Freezing rain and sleet, then just plain old rain.

Geeze, Mother Nature! Make up your mind!

The slippery, soggy Sunday left the Quad-Cities with up to 0.52 inch of a freezing rain/sleet/rain mix, as measured at the Quad City International Airport, National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Ferry said.

The Quad-Cities woke up today to some fog, drizzle and mild temperatures climbing to the upper 40s by the afternoon, Mr. Ferry said. Some rain and thunderstorms are possible tonight, he said, dragging with it more fog and high temperatures nearing 50 degrees.

More rain and thunderstorms are expected again on Tuesday, Mr. Ferry said, with high temperatures in the low 50s.

But Tuesday night's rain "will probably be changing to snow" later on, Mr. Ferry said, with low temperatures in the mid-20s.

We'll have a slight chance of snow Wednesday, too, with highs about 30 degrees before a return to a "deep freeze" with high temperatures in the teens on Thursday and lows close to zero, Mr. Ferry said.

"We're running the gamut here," he said.

















 




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