We've seen a few snow emergencies in the Quad Cities this year already, primarily in Davenport. But now, the entire state of Iowa and Illinois are under emergency – just not a snow emergency.

According to the Quad City Times, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a Regional Emergency Declaration to both states, permitting the transportation of propane, natural gas and heating oil.

These are all used in the process of heating some homes and keeping grain dry on farms. Unfortunately, which such an early arrival of severe winter weather this year, demand for these things has been high, while supply has been low.

It's unclear how long the emergency declaration will remain in place at this point. But Iowa and Illinois aren't the only states affected. Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin have all been placed under emergency as well.

Stay safe, stay warm and help each other out Quad Citizens!