Winter Weather Update

The Team has been monitoring the potential for significant snow and ice accumulations across the area. In addition, temperatures will get terribly cold following the passage of the cold front. Here’s the current breakdown:

Current Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories. Winter Storm Warnings are active for central portions of the state with Advisories for the north and south portions. Up to 3 inches of ice and snow accumulations are possible in the hear of the state, inluding Birmingha, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden & Anniston. A large range from a dusting to 1 inch are possible for northern Alabama. The highest potential for significant snow up to 2 inches will be across northeast Alabama, including Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Albertville and Oneonta.map (1)

Simulated high resolution run for the next 18 hours. The HRRR is pretty darn accurate with pinpointing events like this:

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Radar and obsverations across the state as of this writing show the wintry mix across the Birmingham area with temperatures already at or below freezing from Birmingham to Oxford points north. This indicates that the heaviest wintry mix will remain across central Alabama.

Update: New model data coming in (not yet complete) is hinting at 4 inches across the Birmingham area:

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REFREEZING ON ROADWAYS TONIGHT:

While most of the precipitation is gone by midnight tonight, any precipitation on roadways will refreeze given the current temperatures. Bridges, overpasses and less-traveled secondary roadways will be the first to freeze. No improvements to roadways should be expected until mid-day Saturday when the sun comes out and aids in drying. Temperatures will struggle to even reach the freezing mark Saturday and Sunday so melting should not be expected.

Travel across central Alabama, roughly from Tuscaloosa to Centre, is not encouraged. Things will get very dangerous there, and travel will become almost impossible.

It gets very cold for the weekend as the front moves through. We’re talking temperatures around 10F on Saturday morning! Screenshot_5

We urge everyone to monitor local resources for the latest weather information.