A strong arctic cold front will be moving into Alabama Wednesday, which will reinforce the cold air over the state.
This front may carry a brief shot of mostly light snow as it moves into north Alabama early in the morning.
For the northern third of Alabama, there could be a quick accumulation of up to half of an inch of snow. At this point, we are not expecting much of the light snow to make it further south than the highway 278 corridor. However, look for flurries as far south as the I-20 corridor.
The NWS in Huntsville has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Tennessee Valley counties effective at 3am for the light snow. Accumulations will range from a dusting to a half of an inch. Isolated higher amounts are possible.
Bridges, overpasses and secondary roads could become slick for a while in the morning. Mostly cloudy, windy and cold conditions are expected to persist through the day.
Super cold air will flow into the state and the weather will become frigid during the night and Thursday morning.
The combination of gusty winds and temperatures approaching single digits will produce below zero wind chills for northern sections.
Temperatures in the teens will reach will into central and southern Alabama by Thursday morning. The cold weather will remain in the region through Friday morning ahead of the next system.
More active weather is expected to move back into the state during the day on Friday. We will be focused on the possibility of more winter precipitation developing in the northern sections.
An early look at this system indicates we could see snow change over to an extended period of freezing rain. As we all know, this may change…so more on this as the system develops.