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FBI employees turn to food banks, outside work as shutdown drags on

As the government shutdown stretches towards a fifth week, FBI field offices across the country are opening food banks to help support special agents and staff struggling without pay.

In Dallas, Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, the FBI has set up or planned for areas where employees can drop off non-perishable food items for other employees to pick up, according to multiple law enforcement officials.

On the West Coast, at least two FBI field offices are considering establishing food banks as one of a number of ideas to help employees hurting from the shutdown, a law enforcement official said.

“We’re all in this together and we’re banding together to help each other out in any way we can,” said Melinda Urbina, a spokeswoman for the FBI field office in Dallas, where a volunteer employee group set up the food bank now filled with pastas and canned goods in one of the main break rooms.

Some 35,000 FBI employees, including administrative and support staff, missed a paycheck last week as negotiations between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over government funding and border security have stalled.

That has left many also searching for outside employment, despite limitations on the type of work employees can do and still keep a security clearance or not violate government employment rules.

Justice Department component agencies have had a number of requests from employees, including law enforcement agents and officers, seeking guidance on outside employment, two senior law enforcement officials told CNN. Lawyers have been doing research to determine what type of outside employment would be allowed, the officials said.

RELATED: State Department orders staff back to work, says they will be paid

Another law enforcement official said that the number of requests for outside employment at one FBI field office has “significantly increased.” All FBI employees must get approval through an established process before they engage in other work.

Law enforcement officials have also warned that FBI investigations are being damaged as operational budgets dwindle.

Pay for informants and surveillance work as well as drug buys in trafficking operations are all endangered as resource shortages restrict the tools available to investigators, according to Tom O’Connor, the president of the FBI Agents Association, which represents most of the bureau’s active duty special agents.

Still, throughout the country’s longest government shutdown, FBI special agents remain in the streets carrying out law enforcement activities.

On Wednesday, undercover FBI special agents in Georgia met 21-year-old Hasher Taheb in a parking lot with a trailer filled with inert assault rifles and explosives.

After Taheb, who was later charged by federal prosecutors for a plan to attack the White House and other DC monuments, exchanged his car for the weapons, agents, working without pay, took him under arrest, according to a criminal complaint.

AeroMexico offers discounts to Americans who have Mexican DNA

In 2017, about 35 million American citizens traveled to Mexico, visiting beachy spots such as Puerto Vallarta to historic sites such as Chichen Itza.

But as political tensions flare between Mexico and its northern neighbor the United States, one airline decided to be proactive.

AeroMexico, the country’s national carrier, unveiled a program called “DNA Discounts,” which offers discounts on flights to Americans who can show by taking a test that they have Mexican DNA.

The amount of the discount depends on the percentage of Mexican ancestry. For example, a person who has 15% Mexican heritage qualifies for 15% off.

The promotion is specifically targeted at states in the Western United States, including Arizona and Utah.

A chart onscreen explains how long immigration between the two countries has been going on and which states in the United States are likely to have high numbers of people with Mexican heritage.

However, there is much more going on with the campaign than simply wanting to encourage travel there.

The commercial features representatives from AeroMexico interviewing some residents of Wharton, Texas, on their opinions about Mexico. Wharton is 60 miles southwest of Houston and about 300 miles north of the Mexican border.

Several interviewees express their dislike of Mexico, saying they have no interest in visiting. One man says, “Let me stay here in peace, and let those folks stay on their side of the border.”

Others say they enjoy Mexican exports such as burritos and tequila, but have no interest in traveling to the country.

That, of course, is where the big reveal comes in. The same people are told on-camera what percentage Mexican DNA they have. Some are dismayed, others confused.

One couple looks pleasantly surprised at the news, with the husband teasing his wife about his percentage being higher than hers.

No politicians or political issues are mentioned by name, but it appears AeroMexico is using its ad to examine tensions between the two countries.

And this isn’t the first time AeroMexico has addressed political issues in its commercials.

In 2016, the company released an ad entitled “Fronteras” (Spanish for “Borders”) that featured moody black-and-white shots of children pressed up against walls and chain-link fences.

The ad came after now-President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall between the two countries.

AeroMexico is part of the SkyTeam alliance, whose other members include Air France, Delta Air Lines and KLM.

The “DNA Discounts” ad was released by Ogilvy, the airline’s advertising agency. So far, AeroMexico has not commented about the ad on its official Spanish or English-language Twitter feeds or Facebook pages. CNN has reached out to AeroMexico for comment.

Lin-Manuel Miranda changes lyrics to blast fan filming Hamilton show

Lin-Manuel Miranda made an impromptu edit to one of the numbers in his acclaimed Hamilton Wednesday night after he spotted a woman filming a performance in Puerto Rico.

While performing One Shot, Miranda noticed the audience member pointing a camera at the stage, the BBC reports. So, thinking (or rapping, actually) on his feet, he slipped a new line into the song: “I’m a get a scholarship to King’s College, I probably shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish, lady Filming in the fourth row, please stop it.”

Traditionally, that last line is, “The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish.”

In a tweet after the show, Miranda shared the “2nd ‘rewrite’” and requested that audiences, “Please don’t make me do that s—t again.”

As a general rule, filming a theater performance is a “serious no-no,” per TribLive.com, which reports that the woman did end up sending an apology to Miranda, who is reprising the title role in the musical during a limited run in Puerto Rico.

“I cannot believe I actually witnessed this live,” one audience member tweeted about the line change. “Everyone in theater gasped when that happened.” (Read more Lin-Manuel Miranda stories.)

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Brinkley the emotional support police dog celebrates her 2nd birthday

STERLING, Illinois- Brinkley the Sterling PD emotional support dog turned two-years-old this month.

Wednesday, January 16, Brinkley was at PetSmart in Sterling Illinois from 5-7 p.m.

Why? for a birthday party of course! The first 100 dogs that helped Brinkley celebrate got free pupcakes and cake, along with ice cream and punch! Of course, Brinkley got lots of new toys!

Hazardous road conditions overnight… Season’s coldest this weekend

A Winter Storm WARNING goes is in effect from now through noon Saturday.

A  strip of some light snow is already being noticed on the radar around the U.S. 20 corridor from Waterloo to Galena. Snow will overspread the rest of the area from west to east by sunset with moderate to heavy snow developing during the overnight hours.  Winds will be increasing during the overnight as well with gust around 30 mph.  Naturally, this will cause plenty of blowing and drifting resulting in limited visibility and hazardous road conditions.

Snowfall will taper off during the morning hours on Saturday with totals ranging from 4-8 inches. The higher amounts expected just north and west of the Quad Cities.

The departure of this system will allow temperatures to plummet during the day with teens in the morning to single digits heading into the evening hours.  Throw in the wind and wind chills could be as cold as the minus teens.

After a quiet and very cold Sunday comes another system still on track to arrive early next week. This will bring another round of shoveling snow Tuesday morning as well followed by another reinforcing shot of arctic cold.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season!

Thin Mints. Samoas. Do-Si-Dos. Shortbread. No matter which Girl Scout Cookies you order, don't throw away the box!

You can up-cycle all those boxes (because who orders just one?) into some really cute crafts. On Friday, January 18th during Nailed It Or Failed It on Good Morning Quad Cities and WQAD News 8 at 11am, we transformed boxes of our favorite cookies into tiny purses and bookmarks! Click the video above to see how to make a little change purse (or click here if I went too fast!) and click the video below to see how we made bookmarks (or click here).

We continued the Girl Scout Cookie theme for our Cocktail of the Week. Here's the recipe for Thin Mint Shooters:

  • Cover Rim of Glass with Chocolate Frosting
  • Dip Glass into Bowl of Crushed Thin Mints
  • Shake Up 1/4 Cup Baileys Irish Cream, 1/4 Cup Creme de Cocoa, 1/4 Cup Creme de Menthe, and 3/4 Cup Milk
  • Pour Mixture into Glasses
  • Enjoy!

Teen pulls more than 50,000 golf balls from ocean near golf courses

Two years ago, a central California teen began what NPR calls a “Sisyphean task”—hauling hundreds of pounds of golf balls off the ocean floor, only to have them reenter the sea as golfers from five nearby golf courses (including Pebble Beach) hit them right back in.

Alex Weber was just 16 when she first discovered the shocking sight while free diving. “You couldn’t see the sand,” she says, noting the seafloor was “completely white” from the sheer number of balls.

And thus began Weber’s self-appointed chore of removing the balls from the water—what Golf.com calls akin to an “Easter egg hunt”—with the help of her dad, a friend, and even a scientist that got wind of her efforts. Their total haul hit the 50,000-ball mark in September, gathered in grueling, cold conditions with sharks nearby and an “aerial barrage” of new balls flying their way during the collection process.

What makes the golf ball-filled waters more than just a disturbing visual is the fact that not only do the balls contain potentially harmful zinc compounds, they’re also coated with a thin polymer layer that’s eroded over time by the rough waters.  As the balls degrade, they turn into microplastics that marine creatures can ingest.

Weber’s website documents the stages of golf ball degradation, from those “fresh off the golf course” to Stage Five, when they’ve lost their paint and dimples and their cores are exposed. Weber, now 18, says she wishes the balls would float, so everyone could see the extent of the pollution. “People would be outraged,” she told Vice last summer, adding she hopes laws are soon passed holding golf clubs responsible for cleanup. (Could there be golf balls in your … hash browns?)

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Legendary great white shark filmed swimming with divers off Hawaii

A great white shark, believed to be one of the largest on the planet, has been spotted by divers as it fed on a whale carcass off the coast of Hawaii.

The divers, who captured remarkable footage of the encounter, say the shark is Deep Blue – a 20-foot-long female.

The creature approached the team’s boat to scratch herself on Tuesday, and was flanked by two “dancing” dolphins as she swam, diver Ocean Ramsey wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the meeting.

And incredibly, the group got close enough to touch the shark as it passed.

“Deep Blue came up and brushed up against the boat, maybe she’s pregnant, maybe she’s itchy?” Ramsey wrote, adding: “She swam away escorted by two rough-toothed dolphins who danced around her.”

Deep Blue is over 50 years old, and was caught on camera five years ago in a video that quickly went viral.

Ramsey said her team had been monitoring tiger sharks feeding when the legendary great white made her surprise appearance. The divers “spent the entire day with her till the sun went down,” Ramsey wrote.

“I waited quietly, patiently, observing as she swam up to the dead sperm whale carcass and then slowly to me,” she said. “I gently put my hand out to maintain a small space so her girth could pass.”

Ramsey touched the shark as it swam by and, while noting that some divers frown upon this, added that “sometimes sharks seek touch.”

The species “are not the mindless monsters they are portrayed as,” she said.

But Ramsey later warned people that the creatures can be unpredictable, writing: “I highly discourage people from purposely jumping in the water with great white sharks or tiger sharks.” CNN has contacted Ramsey for further comment.

Eastern Iowa prisoner charged after trying to kill three witnesses with hit man

MUSCATINE, Iowa — A man has been charged in the Muscatine County District Court for attempting to murder three witnesses set to testify against him.

Justin Lee Dewitt was sentenced earlier in Johnson County after trying to arrange four murders including two children, Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren said in a statement.

While he was an inmate, Dewitt solicited another prisoner to have three witnesses in his Johnson County case killed to prevent them from testifying, according to the statement. That prisoner told authorities, who then began to investigate.

Dewitt then spoke to who he thought was an associate of a contracted killer, according to the statement. This person was actually an undercover agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Dewitt sent the agent a diagram of a residence where two of the witnesses live and identified the vehicle of another.

“The fact that the offender sought to kill witnesses against him made this case particularly serious,” Ostergren said.

Dewitt was sentenced up to 50 years in prison on top of the 35-year sentence he received in Johnson County.

Moline bank robbery suspect remains at large; area school lockdowns lifted

MOLINE, Illinois -- A bank robbery near Avenue of the Cities in Moline prompted lockdowns at three area schools.

Moline High School, Roosevelt Elementary School and Coolidge School were all placed on "passive" lockdowns after a robbery was reported at American Bank and Trust on 41st Street, according to Detective Ryan Brownell, Moline High School's liaison officer.  There was a report that a gun was used in the incident, which took place around 9:45 a.m. Friday, January 18.

The lockdowns at all three schools were lifted around 11 a.m.  Detective Brownell explained that a "passive" lockdown means the outside doors are locked but classes resume as usual with restricted movement within the school.

Police said the bank robbery suspect remained at large.  The suspect was described as a white male, standing between 5-feet, 10-inches tall and six-feet tall.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sunglasses.

The FBI, Moline Police Department and East Moline Police Department were trying to figure out where the suspect fled.

There were no reported injuries.

Kim Reynolds takes oath as first woman to be elected as Iowa governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will take the oath of office as the state's 43rd governor and the first woman to be elected to the job.

The formal swearing in ceremony is set for Friday morning after which Reynolds will host an open house at Terrace Hill, the governor's official residence, and a similar event at the Iowa State Capitol.

Friday evening, two inaugural balls are planned in Des Moines.

Reynolds takes office after having served as governor since May 2017, rising from lieutenant governor when Terry Branstad became U.S. ambassador to China.

A Republican, Reynolds comes into office with her party controlling the legislative agenda and at a time when Iowans also elected 45 women to serve in the Legislature, the most ever. Women also replaced men in two of Iowa's congressional district in November.

Lieutenant Gov. Adam Gregg also will take the oath of office Friday.

Chicago officer, Jason Van Dyke, who shot teen to be sentenced

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald’s death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars.

Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. He will likely go to prison for at least several years, if not decades, when he’s sentenced Friday.

Related: Chicago officer convicted in Laquan McDonald murder is transferred to Rock Island County Jail

But critics of the police department and protesters who cheered Van Dyke’s conviction are clearly worried after a judge on Thursday acquitted three officers accused of trying to conceal what happened to protect Van Dyke, who was the first Chicago officer found guilty in an on-duty shooting in a half century and probably the first ever in the shooting of an African-American.

“We will be down here tomorrow by the hundreds, and we will cry out for justice for Laquan,” activist Eric Russell said after the hearing in which Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson acquitted former officer Joseph Walsh, former detective David March and officer Thomas Gaffney on charges of obstruction of justice, official misconduct and conspiracy.

Friday’s hearing will be emotional. Van Dyke’s wife and young daughters, who pleaded for leniency in letters submitted to the judge, will make statements. Court officials do not know if McDonald’s mother, who has remained silent ever since her son’s Oct. 20, 2014, death, will speak.

The courtroom will be packed with activists worried that Judge Vincent Gaughan will impose a light sentence.

Thursday’s verdict “means that if you are a police officer you can lie, cheat and steal,” said a shaken Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great uncle.

Stephenson accepted the argument that jurors in the Van Dyke case rejected: that the video that sparked protests and a federal investigation of the police force was just one perspective of the events that unfolded on the South Side.

The judge said the video showed only one viewpoint of the confrontation between Van Dyke and the teen armed with a small knife. She found no indication the officers tried to hide evidence or made little effort to talk to witnesses.

“The evidence shows just the opposite,” she said. She singled out how they preserved the graphic video at the heart of the case.

Prosecutor Ron Safer tried to put a positive spin on the verdict.

“This case was a case where the code of silence was on trial,” he said, referring to the long tradition that officers do not report wrongdoing by their colleagues. “The next officer is going to think twice about filing a false police report. Do they want to go through this?”

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said she hoped the verdict would not make officers reluctant to come forward when they see misconduct. Her key witness, Officer Dora Fontaine, described how she had become a pariah in the department and was called a “rat” by fellow officers.

In her ruling , the judge rejected prosecution arguments that the video demonstrated officers were lying when they described McDonald as moving even after he was shot.

“An officer could have reasonably believed an attack was imminent,” she said. “It was borne out in the video that McDonald continued to move after he fell to the ground” and refused to relinquish a knife.

The video appeared to show the teen collapsing in a heap after the first few shots and moving in large part because bullets kept striking his body for 10 more seconds.

The judge said it’s not unusual for two witnesses to describe events in starkly different ways. “It does not necessarily mean that one is lying,” she said.

The judge also noted several times that the “vantage point” of various officers who witnessed the shooting were “completely different.” That could explain why their accounts did not sync with what millions of people saw in the video.

Both Van Dyke’s trial and that of the three other officers hinged on the video, which showed Van Dyke opening fire within seconds of getting out of his police SUV and continuing to shoot the 17-year-old while he was lying on the street. Police were responding to a report of a male who was breaking into trucks and stealing radios on the city’s South Side.

Prosecutors alleged that Gaffney, March and Walsh, who was Van Dyke’s partner, submitted false reports to try to prevent or shape any criminal investigation of the shooting. Among other things, they said the officers falsely claimed that Van Dyke shot McDonald after McDonald aggressively swung the knife at police and that he kept shooting the teen because McDonald was trying to get up still armed with the knife.

McDonald had used the knife to puncture a tire on Gaffney’s police vehicle, but the video shows that he did not swing it at the officers before Van Dyke shot him and that he appeared to be incapacitated after falling to the ground.

Attorneys for the three men used the same strategy that the defense used at Van Dyke’s trial by placing all the blame on McDonald.

It was McDonald’s refusal to drop the knife and other threatening actions that “caused these officers to see what they saw,” March’s attorney, James McKay, told the court. “This is a case about law and order (and) about Laquan McDonald not following any laws that night.”

The lawyers ridiculed the decision to charge the three officers, saying they merely wrote what they observed or, in March’s case, what the other officers told him they saw. And they said there was no evidence that the officers conspired to get their stories straight.

“The state wants you to criminalize police reports,” McKay bellowed at one point.

City Hall released the video to the public in November 2015 — 13 months after the shooting — and acted only because a judge ordered it to do so. The charges against Van Dyke were not announced until the day of the video’s release.

The case cost the police superintendent his job and was widely seen as the reason the county’s top prosecutor was voted out of office a few months later. It was also thought to be a major factor in Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s decision not to seek a third term.

The accusations triggered a federal investigation, resulting in a blistering report that found Chicago officers routinely used excessive force and violated the rights of residents, particularly minorities. The city implemented a new policy that requires video of fatal police shootings to be released within 60 days, accelerated a program to equip all officers with body cameras and adopted other reforms to change the way police shootings are investigated.

Iowa mayor, husband arrested in marijuana growing case

JAMAICA, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa mayor and her husband have been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say they found a marijuana growing operation in the couple’s basement.

The Des Moines Register reports that 50-year-old Jamaica Mayor LaDonna Kennedy and her husband, 58-year-old Randy Kennedy, were arrested Wednesday night and charged with manufacture with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp.

Guthrie County Sheriff’s officials say deputies went on a tip to the mayor’s house looking for an attempted murder suspect. The suspect wasn’t found, but deputies called for a search warrant after they smelled an “overwhelming odor of raw marijuana” coming from the home. Investigators say 18 marijuana plants, several bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.

The Kennedys were released Thursday on their own recognizance. A person who answered the phone at their home said they weren’t available and declined to comment on the charges.

68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets recalled after consumers find wood inside

Perdue Foods is recalling 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets sold nationwide over fears of wood contamination, federal health officials say.

The ready-to-eat chicken nuggets were produced on Oct. 25, 2018, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The nuggets are gluten-free and have an expiration date of Oct. 25, 2019, and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” on the label. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

“The problem was discovered when the firm received three consumer complaints that wood was found in the product,” the Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of the products, and anyone concerned about its effects should see a doctor, it said.

Federal health officials say some products may be in consumers’ freezers, and warned people to throw them away or return them to the seller.

Perdue described it as an isolated incident, saying only a “minimal amount” of packages may contain pieces of wood. It said it’s recalling nuggets produced during the same product run out of an abundance of caution.

‘Dancing with GMQC’: 6-year-old jams out to Maroon 5

Every Friday on Good Morning Quad Cities, we want to see what gets you dancing.  It's part of our segment "Dancing with GMQC" sponsored by Fred Astaire Dance Studios.

The segment is all about you showing us what makes you want to dance.

The video is from Bev Petersen, but it was taken by Kelli Petersen of her son Caysen Petersen, age 6, from Mediapolis, lip syncing to "Girls Like You" by Maroon 5. Watch him spin, jive and even flop along to the beat!

You can submit YOUR dancing videos to the WQAD Facebook page or email them to "news@wqad.com" with "Attn: GMQC" in the subject line and you could appear on Good Morning Quad Cities.

Hundreds of flights canceled as winter storms move across the US

(CNN) -- A series of storms moving across the country will bring significant snow and ice to the north and heavy rains to the south Friday and into the weekend.

Roughly 100 million people are under some form of a winter storm watch, warning or advisory across the United States.

The storm is already affecting travel with nearly 450 flights canceled as of Friday morning, according to FlightAware.com. Airlines are issuing waivers for travelers traveling in the Midwest and Northeast.

Major metro areas on the East Coast likely will face light snow Friday ahead of and during the morning commute. The storm should move so quickly that accumulations are expected to remain low in New York and Boston.

The second storm is associated with the same upper-level energy as the West Coast storm that has dumped inches of rain in cities such as Los Angeles and caused blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada.

Snow is likely in places like Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago

The second storm exits the Rockies and will begin to drop snow late Friday across Kansas.

In Missouri, Kansas City and St. Louis -- which received the brunt of last week's storm -- will see less accumulation with this system. However, winds could gust up to 35 mph, causing blowing and drifting snow through Saturday night.

Lake effect snow will help enhance the amounts that Milwaukee and Chicago could see through the weekend. Both could see over half a foot of snow if the conditions remain right.

Indiana and Ohio could see rain to the south, inches of snow to the north and ice and snow across the central portions of the states.

Stay up to date with WQAD Storm Track 8

A flash freeze is likely behind the storm

Behind this second storm, a deep chill will grip much of the eastern half of the United States.

It may warm up enough to see rain across the Midwest and Northeast on Sunday but will quickly dip below freezing. That could happen so fast it would instantly freeze any remaining moisture on the ground or surrounding objects.

Highs on Sunday in the Kansas City area -- where the Chiefs will host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game -- will be in the 20s.

The extreme cold follows the storm and moves into the rest of the Eastern United States on Monday.

The National Weather Service in Boston said it's expecting "a roller coaster of temperatures through this portion of the forecast" and "a prolonged period of well below normal temperatures early next week."

Keep the hand warmers handy, because temperatures won't just be below average Sunday and Monday.

"For the most part, this winter the jet stream has traveled horizontally across the US. Sure, there have been some ups and downs, but nothing like what is to come," CNN's Myers said.

"By next week the jet stream will flow from Fairbanks (Alaska) to Texas. So, for example, the following Saturday Anchorage will be 32 and Chicago will be 13."

This arctic air will spill out across the country later next week as far south as Florida, leaving most of the continental United States with below-average temperatures.

Challenges ahead with heavy snow and increasing wind

Get ready for a major winter storm! Winter Storm Warnings go into effect at 3:00pm today, lasting through noon Saturday.

Clouds will thicken up today with highs around 30. Some light snow is possible by noon in the U.S. 20 corridor from Waterloo to Galena and Stockton. Snow will overspread the rest of the area by sundown tonight with moderate to heavy snow during the overnight.

Snowfall will taper off during the morning hours on Saturday with totals ranging from 4-8 inches. There is an opportunity of seeing more than 8 inches in places where there's an early onset to the snow (north of the Quad Cities).

This winter storm will be different than last weekend's because this one comes with winds that could gust to 35 mph Saturday. This will cause blowing and drifting to occur, making travel even that much more hazardous.

As driving conditions improve Saturday afternoon, temperatures will plummet. We are set for the coldest temperatures so far this Winter with temps down to zero Sunday morning with chills down to -12.

More shoveling snow is possible Tuesday and Friday in what continues to be the most active weather pattern of Winter.

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo returns to Taxslayer Center

MOLINE, Illinois – Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo will be back in Moline on January 18 and January 19.

Tickets were listed starting at $9.95 on Friday morning.

According to a press release, shows will include 3 fan favorite events, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and the most extreme sport, Bull Riding.

Here is more of what officials say the rodeo will offer in 2019:

“The world’s smallest cowboy, WHIPLASH the Cowboy Monkey and his trusty steed Boogie! Standing at just 2 ft tall and weighing in at only 8 pounds this little monkey buckaroo, dressed to the nines in of course his best cowboy attire, will “WOW” the crowd as he and Boogie herd and catch the elusive Barbados sheep!

Joining Whiplash, the beautiful and talented Trick and Roman Rider, Dusti Dickerson will perform!

We guarantee Dusti, with her daring tricks at high speeds, will keep all the fans on the edge of their seats!

As always, and back by popular demand, our voice behind the mic for over 20 years, Roger Mooney, will provide the play by play rodeo action!”

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