We Have a Wintry Mess

Frigid temperatures have held on across north Alabama through the day as snow, sleet and freezing rain moved over many locations.

The Tennessee Valley counties have received the most frozen precipitation…and as of late afternoon, the temperature was at or below freezing generally along the I-20 corridor and points north.

Traffic is hazardous in many locations, and travel is not advised across northern sections of Alabama as many roads have been deemed impassable.

Warmer air will arrive at some point tonight or Saturday morning from the southwest. However it won’t get here before more freezing rain moves into the region this evening and perhaps through the night.

Tennessee Valley locations:

* Winter Storm Warning until 6am Saturday for DeKalb, Madison and Jackson counties. Periods of freezing rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow will redevelop later this evening and continue overnight. Accumulations… up to one inch of snow and sleet. Up to a quarter inch of ice with locally higher amounts.

* Winter Weather Advisory until 6am Saturday for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan, Marshall & Cullman.
Periods of freezing rain will continue through at least midnight before warmer air gradually transitions the freezing rain to rain. Accumulations… 1/1o to 1/4 ice with new sleet and snow accumulations of less than 1/2 inch.

North Central locations:

* Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect until 6am for the area generally north of of a line from Sylacauga to Roanoke.
Accumulations… up to one-tenth of an inch of snow… sleet and freezing rain. The wintry precipitation will slowly start mixing with rain overnight.