DAVENPORT — The Gateway area is under an ice storm warning, with significant icing expected in the Gateway area today and tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
The ice storm warning is in effect from noon today to 6 a.m. Wednesday, with a winter storm predicted to spread freezing rain and sleet across the area this afternoon and tonight. Ice accumulations over one quarter inch are likely across most of eastern Iowa, northern and west central Illinois, and far northeast Missouri.
Power outages and tree damage are likely to occur due to the ice, and significant amounts of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Snapped power lines and falling tree branches are also possible.
The National Weather Service this morning also released a statement that says snow melt and ice action are producing flooding on the Maquoketa, Wapsipinicon, North Skunk and Skunk rivers.
A flood warning continues for the Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt. At 9:30 a.m. today, the river stage was 10.9 feet and slowly rising. Flood stage is 11 feet. While no flooding is occurring now, minor flooding is forecast. The forecast says the river will rise above flood stage early Wednesday morning and continue rising to 11.2 feet Saturday evening. Ice action may produce sudden fluctuations from the expected levels.
At 11 feet, water affects County Road E63 north of the river near Toronto and affects the lowest roads in Buena Vista.
A storm system will bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the area Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. The precipitation may transition to all rain south of a line from Fairfield to the Quad-Cities, to Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois on Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Winds will gust up to 30 mph Thursday afternoon into Friday as colder air moves into the region. The wind and cold temperatures will create wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero late Thursday night into Friday morning. Colder than normal temperatures will continue into the weekend.
Another storm system will impact the region Sunday with snow, and more snow is possible Monday and Tuesday. Due to uncertainty in storm tracks, it is too early to estimate any potential snowfall amounts.