UPDATED POST: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 4:39 p.m.
Nice sunshine this afternoon warmed our high temperature in the Quad Cities to 40°, easily surpassing the forecast high.
Warmer weather is expected through the weekend with some hometowns approaching 50° Saturday.
Then, all eyes focus on a storm coming in early next week. Today, that storm is way out in the Pacific.
Looking at the latest afternoon NOAA GFS model, I still expect light snow to develop Monday night and then change over to rain Tuesday as the low pressure system tracks close to the Quad Cities.
A transition over to snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday will bring us accumulating snow. How much? It’s way too early to say and if you see a forecast with amounts, they’re just trying to get you excited. Ignore it!
It’s still almost a week away, so there’ll be many changes to the forecast.
This is just an informational blog for planning purposes to give you a heads up.
ORIGINAL POST: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 7:31 a.m.
While we may see a few snow flurries later today, a rather tranquil weather pattern is in place through the first half of the weekend.
We’ll also see a warming trend that will take us from the mid-30s today to near 40° tomorrow and the mid-to-upper-40s for the weekend in the Quad Cities!
By Sunday, some light rain moves in during the afternoon and that’ll change over to light snow Sunday night. This will not be a big deal.
However, there is a big deal on the way to the Midwest next Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is the forecast weather map from NOAA at 6 p.m. Tuesday. We see two areas of low pressure — one moving into Missouri and the other over Oklahoma.
That storm system will bring copious amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
Depending on the path this storm takes across the Midwest, we could be seeing moderate to heavy rain and/or snow.
At this point in the game, parts of Iowa could be seeing heavy snow.
In the Quad Cities, we’ll definitely see snow, it’s just a matter of whether it starts out as rain Tuesday and changes to snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Or, if the storm tracks more to our east and south, we’ll be on the cold side and could see more snow.
It’s way too early to pinpoint who gets the most and how much. However, it’s not too early to get the word out that a big storm could be moving in early next week.