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Wild weather! Sleet, freezing rain, lightning and thunder

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Were you awakened by lightning and thunder this morning? Maybe it was the ice pelting the windows of your home?

A strong disturbance tracked through northeastern Missouri into Western Illinois, clipping southeastern Iowa. Burlington, Iowa had quite a bit of lightning and thunder, along with sleet and freezing rain. A glaze of ice has been reported in Knox and Warren County as well. Be careful if you are heading out this morning south and east of the Quad Cities.

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News 8 viewers in Galva, Illinois report ice-covered roadways with a thick ice glaze around the Abingdon, Illinois area. Linda Shelton says the road from Kirkwood to Monmouth was 80% ice-covered as of 6:00am. Max speed was 40 mph.


Leftover flurries are expected with little additional precipitation through the morning. Use caution if your travels take you south of Muscatine on US-61, south of Rock Island on US-67, and south of the Quad Cities on I-74.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen