Dangerous Cold is Coming

January  03, 2014

      Dangerously cold weather is headed out way. Extreme cold is expected to reach the Quad Cities on Sunday, and last through early Tuesday.

      Meteorologist David Cousins, with the National Weather Service in Davenport, says Saturday will be pretty normal for this time of year, with highs in the upper 20's. But the mercury will begin to fall Saturday night to near zero, and stay near that level on Sunday.  The real cold should begin to reach us Sunday night, around minus 20 degrees, along with northwest winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour.

      "You're really going to notice that wind chill as low as 40 below zero and close to 45 below zero on Monday morning. It's very dangerously cold air when you factor in that wind as well."

      And he predicts extreme cold will continue through Tuesday morning, with wind chills around minus 30, but then some "warmer" air should begin to move in. 

      "And the high temperature Tuesday will be in the single digits above zero which'll feel pretty nice after a couple of days below zero. And then it's just a little warmer each day after that."

      The lower 20's on Wednesday and the upper 20's next Thursday and Friday will then bring us back to more normal conditions for early January.  Many of the low temperature records for the beginning of the year in this area date back to the late 1800's when record-keeping began.