MOLINE, Ill — The Quad Cities region was blanketed with several inches on snow on New Year's Day. A Winter Storm Warning remains in place until midnight Sunday morning for the entire area for moderate-heavy amounts of snow and blowing and drifting snow.
Officials are asking people to remain off the roads if possible on Saturday due to poor travel conditions. If you have to travel, the Iowa Department of Transportation and other state agencies are reminding you to drive slow and give yourself plenty of following distance. Drive in a plowed lane, don't use cruise control and take it easy on the gas and brake pedals.
Several areas are also under a snow emergency through parts of Sunday. The emergency declaration means residents must move parked vehicles off designated snow routes, so they are out of the way of the plows. Vehicles that remain on the street risk being ticketed.
Moline is under a snow emergency through midnight Sunday morning. A map of its snow routes can be found here.
Silvis is under a snow emergency through 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2.
Davenport's snow emergency is in place through noon Sunday, Jan. 2. Visitors to the downtown may park for free in the city's ramps through 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 3.
The Village of Coal Valley's snow emergency is also in place through noon Sunday, Jan. 2. Vehicles cannot be parked on any village street, avenue, alley or parking lot.
The Village of Walnut is under a snow emergency through 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. Vehicles are not allowed to park on any public village street.
Eldridge's snow emergency is in place until 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2.
Blue Grass is also under a snow emergency through 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2.
Rock Falls is under a snow emergency through 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2.
Morrison is under a snow emergency through Monday, Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. or until the snow has been removed from the full width of the street. Violations of a snow emergency carry a minimum fine of $25 to $75. During snow emergencies, Morrison Police may also town vehicles in violation at the expense of the owner.
Rock Island is under a snow emergency until the snow has stopped and has been cleared. Vehicles parked on marked snow routes can receive a $35 parking ticket and may be towed simultaneously. The City is also asking Rock Island residents to not park on residential streets until snow removal is completed to help facilitate that process.
Sterling has also issued a snow emergency until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street.
Galesburg is under a snow emergency until all streets are cleared. Vehicles parked on city streets, except in the central business district, during the snow emergency will be subject to ticketing and towing. More information is available here.
The Village of Carbon Cliff is asking vehicles to remain off the street for a period of 72 hours after the storm has ended or until the Village releases the snow emergency.
Cities are also reminding residents that sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow stopping, and to refrain from pushing snow into the roadways.