The dog and I didn't appreciate the strong winds this Monday morning on our walk. At least the sun was shining in the Quad Cities. Those blustery winds and cooler temps may pave the way for some snow.

According to OurQuadCities.com, we can expect the winds to blow all day and into the evening with gusts of wind exceeding 40 mph at times. That means wind chills in the 10-20° range. 

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The breeze finally goes away later Monday night. Don't expect to see much sunshine on Tuesday, but instead expect to see some snow. Meteorologists say there will be minimal accumulation. You won't have to worry about dusting off the snow shovel just yet.

Here's what we can expect for the rest of the week in the Quad Cities.

The forecast calls for warmer temps into the 40s by the end of the week then on Friday/Saturday, a storm system may bring us a wintry mix chance. You know how much we love those 'wintery mixes.'

Speaking of wintery mixes, do you have your car ready for the winter weather? Don't get fooled into thinking you have plenty of time to prepare. Take a few minutes to find ice scrapers, extra blankets, and gloves. We've compiled a list of all the winter essentials you'll need to keep you safe and prepared for winter in the Quad Cities.

Essential Winter Emergency Kit Items

Winter season in the Quad Cities means cold temperatures, heavy snow, and slick roads. Hopefully, you won't ever need to tap into your winter emergency kit, but it's better to have one in your car than to be unprepared. Make sure you have these essential items in your car before winter arrives in the Quad Cities.

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.