The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Winter Storm Watch… which is in effect from early Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.
* Event… accumulating ice in the watch area
* Timing… from 3 am Thursday morning through 3 PM Thursday afternoon.
* Location… areas along and north of a line from Millport to
Berry to Goodsprings.
* Accumulations… ice totals of one-quarter to three-tenths of an
inch are expected.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Winter Storm Watch… which is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon.
* Timing and areas affected… late Wednesday night through Thursday
afternoon across Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence and Limestone counties.
* Accumulations… ice accumulations between one quarter to three
tenths of an inch are likely.
* Impacts… widespread hazardous traveling conditions are likely
across northwest Alabama due to the ice accumulations on roads and bridges.
The forecast across Alabama is in store for a wide range of weather over the next 4 days.
A strong cold front will move through the region late Tuesday night through Wednesday. Thunderstorms will be possible during the day Tuesday, continuing through early Wednesday morning.
Isolated strong storms are possible, however the threat appears to be low at this time.
The front will move into Alabama during the day on Wednesday, ushering in cold air behind it. It appears that widespread precipitation will continue behind the front, with rain transitioning to freezing rain during the afternoon on Wednesday across areas of north Alabama.
Freezing rain may fall for an extended period of time overnight Wednesday into early Thursday morning. There could be some mixed precipitation especially over northwestern sections.
This could be a high impact event due to the long duration of freezing rain expected. Windy conditions may also aggravate the situation if freezing rains builds over the area.
As always, there is still uncertainty surrounding the exact timing of the cold front, and how quickly the cold air moves into the area. Just a slight increase in daytime temperatures will adjust what type of precipitation that occurs.
Confidence is increasing that the area will see frozen precipitation during the time from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Stay tuned for updates over the next few days.
We have the updated Snow Map from Feb 25th…thanks to the NWS offices in Birmingham and Huntsville.
This map combines reports from both North & Central Alabama and shows the true extent of the snowfall across the state.
Click on the map for the full-sized version:
We are expecting several cold fronts and associated storm systems likely to keep our weather active over the next 10 days.
Temperatures are expected to below normal for much of the U.S. The coldest areas are expected to be west of Alabama.
As a result of the active weather pattern, look for above normal rainfall across the region.