SUMMARY: Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for portions of north Alabama, and a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northeast Alabama. Counties in the Advisory area are forecast to receive less than an inch of snow while Counties in the Winter Storm Warning may see up to 2″.
TIMING: Sunday morning through Sunday evening.
AREAS AFFECTED: All of north and central Alabama
POTENTIAL HAZARDS: Roads packed with snowfall may become slushy and slippery. Windy conditions may quickly develop even outside of any rain or snowfall. Snowfall falling onto trees and power lines may result in power outages. Higher wind gusts of 30-50 MPH and rainfall up to 4″ are possible in the higher terrains.
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS: Plan on slippery road conditions and sudden wind gusts if traveling – especially in higher profile vehicles. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Do not buy all of the milk and break off the shelves in retail stores as this will only harm the already fragile supply chain. In the event of a power outage, ensure you have food, water, and a flashlight.
TEAM DISCUSSION: Winter storm will impact all areas starting Sunday morning. Temperatures through the entire system will remain above freezing so still am not anticipating any widespread travel issues, however, a few slick spots are certainly possible. The biggest concern for black ice will be overnight Sunday into Monday, but even then we’re forecasted to get above freezing by the lunch hour.
Gusty winds have already started to develop per recent observations and expect this trend to continue. The higher terrains will experience not only higher wind gusts but more snowfall potential.