Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2013, 10:10 pm

Icy conditions forecast for today

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com


The recent deep freeze is expected to dissipate Tuesday with high temperatures in the lower 40s, but today freezing rain and sleet are expected across the area as a winter storm system approaches from the southwest, according to the National Weather Service.

Travel, both by road and by foot, will become treacherous, the forecast said Saturday.Temperatures will start out this morning in the middle teens and 20s and gradually warm, reaching above the freezing mark by this evening. The NWS says ice accumulations of one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch are possible.

That is apparently too much ice for the first "Icestravaganza," which was scheduled for today in downtown Davenport but has been postponed because of the weather. Organizers hope to reschedule the event in February.

For areas along and south of Interstate 80, precipitation will gradually become rain as temperatures warm during the day today, the NWS said. Ice is expected on exposed surfaces and untreated roads through tonight, causing the potential for significant travel problems.