Another February day, another winter storm.
A storm making its way through the central United States could bring snow, wind and hazardous conditions to the Sauk Valley. But the forecast differs from the west to the east.
In the Sterling-Rock Falls area
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a winter weather advisory, which is in effect today from noon to midnight.
It is expected to snow after noon today and through tonight, with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches by Wednesday morning, which will trigger emergency parking rules in most area cities.
The weather service predicts temperatures in the lower 30s and northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph and gusts up to 35 mph.
Wednesday brings a 50 percent chance of snow, as well as cloudy skies with a high in the mid-30s and a low in the mid-20s. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 35 and a low near 20.
In the Dixon and Oregon areas
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from this afternoon through this evening.
Snow is expected this afternoon and into early evening, with accumulations of several inches; precipitation could start as rain or as a rain/snow mix, making snow totals tough to gauge.
The weather service predicts temperatures in the mid-30s and northeast winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
Wednesday brings a 70 percent chance of snow, as well as cloudy skies with a high in the mid-30s and a low in the upper 20s. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 35 and a low near 20.
It could be much worse: The winter storm coming to the Sauk Valley already dumped between 12 and 18 inches of snow and brought blizzard conditions to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri on Monday.