Cold returns today, Saturday may bring snow
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities reports a strong cold front will sweep across the outlook area today bringing wind gusts of 30-35 mph and falling temperatures this afternoon.
This will affect portions of north central Illinois, northwest Illinois, west central Illinoi, east central Iowa, northeast Iowa, southeast Iowa, including Jefferson County, and northeast Missouri.
Scattered to numerous snow showers this afternoon may be briefly moderate to possibly heavy, greatly reducing visibilities.
Snowfall amounts should generally be less than an inch today.
Temperatures in the single digits above zero along with northwest winds gusting to 25-30 mph tonight will create wind chills of 10 below to 20 below.
Another potent clipper will arrive Saturday morning and track from Manitoba into southeastern Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois.
With the current track of the system, this has the potential to bring 1 to 2 inches of snow to eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and far northeastern Missouri.
A shift to the south and west of the track of the surface low would lead to higher snowfall amounts across eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois.
In addition to the snow, a tightening pressure gradient Saturday afternoon could lead to blowing and drifting of any fresh snow in the afternoon and evening.