Archive for January, 2021

Get Ready For A Major Winter Storm

UPDATED POST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

Here are some of the morning impressive snow totals from the Monday and Tuesday storm.

While the wind made it difficult to measure, the Quad Cities officially reached 6.1″!

UPDATED POST: MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

The wintry mix is falling longer as snow instead of freezing rain as far south as Interstate 72 in Central Illinois.

With that being said, we’ll see a more widespread 1″-3″ of snow down toward Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, and Taylorville.

I’ll take more snow than ice anytime!

Anthony

UPDATED POST: MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2021, 8:34 a.m.

Some in Iowa will see upwards to a foot of snow through Tuesday.

While heavy snow will fall areawide, I’m thinking many hometowns will be on the lower end of the snow forecast range totals.

For the Quad Cities area, 6″-9″ are still likely. Even around Galesburg, 4″-6″ will accumulate.

Over Central Illinois, one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of ice will coat things.

1″-3″ of snow is possible across our northern hometowns.

Anthony

UPDATED POST: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 3:32 p.m.

For the Quad Cities: A “Winter Storm Warning” now covers much of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois replacing the “Winter Storm Watch”.

Snow will break out Monday morning south of Interstate 80 and move north throughout the day and become heavier. The heaviest snow will fall Monday afternoon and Monday night.

It’ll be rather windy, too, so blowing snow will be a problem, too!

Freezing rain will mix with snow across the south early Monday morning.

Here are my latest snowfall forecast totals.

Be safe!

For Central Illinois:

Ice and snow are on the way to Central Illinois late Sunday night through noon Monday.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” now covers much of Central Illinois beginning at 3 a.m. Monday.

One-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of ice could accumulate along with up to an inch of snow. By Monday afternoon, all of the wintry mix should be falling as rain.

The “Winter Weather Advisory” expires at noon Monday for Christian, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Morgan, Moultrie, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby counties and at noon Tuesday for Cass, Champaign, De Witt, Logan, McLean, Menard, Piatt, and Vermilion counties.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 8:46 a.m.

A major winter storm is heading to eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois, including the Quad Cities.

Sunday is the day to get out and run errands!

Snow will begin Monday morning and become heavy Monday afternoon and Monday night. Snowfall rates could exceed an inch per hour.

A widespread 4″-8″ of snow is likely with 8″-12″ possible in the Quad Cities and across eastern Iowa. HOWEVER, I’m thinking more on the low end of that scale, Quad Cities area!

A “Winter Storm Watch” goes into effect Monday morning through Tuesday morning for much of that area, but I expect it to upgraded to a “Winter Storm Warning” for some later today.

For Central Illinois, it’ll mostly be freezing rain Sunday night and Monday morning that’ll change over to a cold rain Monday.

By Monday night, the rain could end as light snow with some light snow accumulations possible around Bloomington, Illinois.

Stay safe and keep up on the latest updates.

Anthony

My (Stay at Home) Favorite Movies of 2020

The deadly Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on every aspect of our lives in 2020.

The movie industry was especially hard hit. Movie production stopped, motion pictures were delayed, and theaters closed down changing the way we viewed first run movies.

With that being said, I only saw 26 movies last year.

I barely had enough to rank my Top 20 of 2020 without adding in a Lifetime and a Hallmark Christmas movie! 🙂 Kidding aside, I wanted to see them because of the LGBTQ storylines.

However, after seeing one of them, I regretted it. More on that one later!

A parting thought: While I love seeing movies on the big screen, the thing I missed most was getting my large popcorn (without that nasty butter on top) and a large Coke Zero with a splash of cherry and my refills on both before leaving the theater! 🙂

So, before I share my Top 20 movies I saw in 2020, here was my favorite movie I saw in 2019!

“THE FAREWELL

Oh, let me know many you saw and your favorite movie you saw in 2020!

“HARRIET

I absolutely love Cynthia Erivo! Check her out in “Bad Times At The El Royale”, my #10 movie of 2019.

“HILLBILLY ELEGY

This made the list mainly because of the Oscar nomination-worthy performances of Amy Adams and Glenn Close!

“SHIRLEY

Two words: Elisabeth.Moss. Okay, two more words: Logan.Lerman.

“KNIVES OUT

Fun, snarky, all-star cast whodunnit!

“1917

Oscar winner with the great George MacKay and an acting Harry Styles!

“MANK

I expect a BEST PICTURE Oscar nomination for this one — very Hollywood. You can see it on Netflix!

“HAPPIEST SEASON

Hulu LGBTQ Christmas movie with the incredible Kristen Stewart.

“THE CHRISTMAS SETUP

Yes, it’s a Lifetime Christmas movie. However, it was very touching and I teared up twice (for the right reasons).

It stars real life, charming couple Blake Lee and Ben Lewis. Oh, Fran Drescher, too!

“PALM SPRINGS

Hilariously funny Hulu original with many awesome f-bombs!

“THE HUNT

Sadistic and crazy! If you love “The Purge” series, you’ll enjoy it and Betty Gilpin (“Glow”) was amazing.

“FORD V. FERRARI

Awesome movie, acting, and story telling!

“RICHARD JEWELL

True story based on the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing in Atlanta, Georgia, with the fantastic Kathy Bates.

“THE JOKER

Twisted and fun and Joaquin Phoenix was great!

“I AM WOMAN

Biopic honoring the late great iconic feminist singing legend Helen Reddy!

“THE INVISIBLE MAN

Elisabeth Moss again! 🙂 I can’t wait for season 4 of “The Handmaid’s Tale”!

“MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

I could watch Oscar and Emmy winner Viola Davis act her way through a phone book. I expect Oscar nominates for Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman. It’s on Netflix.

“JOJO RABBIT”

Who knew a movie about Adolf Hitler could be funny?!

“THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

If you’re missing the beautiful writing of “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, check out this all-star Netflix film that will rack up several Oscar nominations this year!

WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!!

“The Christmas House” — this Hallmark Channel movie was so painful, I stopped watching halfway through it. LGBTQ storyline or not, no thanks!

Movies missing out on the Top 20:

#25 “Dashing in December”

#24 “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Fantastic acting, but I seriously felt like I was on an LSD trip for two hours!)

#23 “Jingle Jangle”

#22 “Little”

#21 “The Prom” (Even my girl crush Nicole Kidman and Queen Meryl Streep couldn’t propel this to the level that I’d want to watch it again. However, it was enjoyable one time!)

“THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Catty New York City queens definitely NOT enjoying a birthday dinner party in the late-1960s. Amazing performances! So, one Ryan Murphy Netflix movie made the countdown! 🙂

Before I reveal my favorite movie I saw in 2020, here’s a bonus!

MOVIES I’M LOOKING FORWARD THIS YEAR

“THE WHITE TIGER” (January 22, 2021)

“A QUIET PLACE PART II” (April 23, 2021)

“DEATH ON THE NILE” (September 17, 2021)

“HALLOWEEN KILLS” (October 15, 2021)

“ARMY OF THE DEAD” (Summer 2021??? on Netflix)

Zombies! Las Vegas! Zack Snyder! Sign me up NOW!

And, now my favorite!

“PARASITE

So worthy of winning the Academy Award for Best Picture! WOW!

Wishing and hoping for a much better year for us in 2021.

Anthony