The final week of 2021 brought winter weather that included two snowstorms and bitterly cold temperatures. The first week of 2022 is bringing us more bitter cold and gusting winds causing blowing snow throughout the Quad Cities. These cold temperatures and high wind gusts have caused the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for the Quad Cities area.

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Alright, Quad Cities. We have good news and bad news when it comes to the weather. The good news: No new snow is coming. The bad news: extremely cold temperatures and wind gusts are expected tonight into Wednesday.

Tuesday morning, January 4th, 2022, the National Weather Service, the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities, and the National Weather Service of Des Moines (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of Eastern Iowa and the majority of Iowa, parts of Western and Northwestern Illinois, and extreme Northeastern parts of Missouri.

 

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National Weather Service Quad Cities
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NWS officials say the Winter Weather Advisory has been issued because blowing snow is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday due to winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, especially in rural areas. This may cause roads to become snow-covered again and make travel difficult, affecting Wednesday's morning and evening commutes.

Strong winds will also make driving difficult for high-profile vehicles and could blow around unsecured items like furniture, decorations, etc.

Officials from the National Weather Service say that bitterly cold wind chills as low as -20° could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

National Weather Service of the Quad Cities
National Weather Service of the Quad Cities
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The graph above shows how fast frostbite can set in on a person depending on the temperature and wind speed.

The National Weather Service of Des Moines is predicting the Quad Cities will see wind chill values reach down -10° Wednesday morning, but stronger wind gusts could push those apparent temperatures even colder.

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National Weather Service of Des Moines
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The extremely cold temperatures cold issued a Wind Chill Advisory tonight and throughout the day on Wednesday. We will keep you up to date as these bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds move their way through the Quad Cities.

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