Originally Posted Online: Dec. 20, 2012, 9:16 am
Last Updated: Dec. 20, 2012, 4:53 pm

Less than 500 still without power in Illinois Quad-Cities area; winter storm continues

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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

Photo: Paul Colletti
Diana Johnson endures the sleet, snow and wind as she helps students at Glenview Middle School in East Moline cross the street on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The school, like many others in the Quad-Cities, sent students home early as a strong winter storm moved through the area.
Photo: Associated Press
Mutual of Omaha employees clean their vehicles of snow before leaving on their drive home during the evening commute Wednesday Dec. 20, 2012 in Omaha, Neb. The storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains has hit the Quad-Cities, with morning rain that gave way to snow.

Fewer than 500 MidAmerican customers still were without power at 4:45 p.m. - 147 in Moline, 138 in Cordova, 65 in Rock Island County, 49 in Henry County and 25 in Rock Island County.

There are scattered outages in the single digits in Colona, Hampton, East Moline, Rock Island and Silvis.  

The snow started in the Illinois Quad-Cities shortly before 11 a.m., and a blizzard warning is in effect for the area until midnight, according to the National Weather Service Quad Cities.

The snow is expected to be heavy and wet and continue through late afternoon, with a total accumulation of four to eight inches, according to the NWS' winter warning online at crh.noaa.gov/dvn/.

Many minor accidents have been reported. Because of the initial warm pavement temperatures, roads may become icy, according to the NWS.

Heavy snow and high winds could reduce visibility to zero at times, and travel in rural areas could become very dangerous, the NWS states.

Winds are picking up and were expected to be 30 to 40 mph by mid-morning. Gusts up to 55 mph are possible from late morning through the afternoon. Winds are expected to be about 30 to 35 mph through late evening, according to the NWS.

Temperatures will fall into the 20s and wind chills will drop it into the single digits this evening.

The NWS encourages people to stay home. If an emergency requires driving, the NWS recommends taking a winter survival kit and staying with your vehicle until help arrives if you become stranded.

Most Illinois and Iowa Quad-City rural school districts canceled classes today, as did the Davenport, Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley school districts.

The NWS said 8 to 15 inches of snow are expected across portions of east central Iowa into far northwest Illinois.

The weather system was affecting more than the Midwest and disrupting travel plans. According to the Quad City International Airport website, qcairport.com, by 9 a.m. eight flights had been canceled to Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; and Detroit, MI.








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