The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 9 pm Monday, February 10 through midnight Wednesday, February 12 in advance of a major winter storm projected to bring up to an inch of sleet and snow and up to 1/5 inch of freezing rain and ice to Alabama. 

The Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service is as follows:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...THE FIRST ROUND OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS EARLY AS 9 PM THIS EVENING FOR THE FAR NORTHWESTERN COUNTIES OF CENTRAL ALABAMA...AND LAST THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. A SECOND ROUND OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY BEGIN TUESDAY NIGHT AND LAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATION...THE BEST POTENTIAL FOR SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH TUESDAY WILL BE FOR AREAS GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM ALICEVILLE TO TUSCALOOSA TO TALLADEGA TO HEFLIN. FOR SEVERAL MILES SOUTH OF THIS LINE...ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE.

* ACCUMULATIONS...OF ONE TO TWO INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WILL BE LIKELY THROUGH TUESDAY ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA. FURTHER SOUTH BETWEEN ONE AND TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF FREEZING RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE. THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF TUSCALOOSA...BIRMINGHAM...AND ANNISTON. ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION NOW APPEAR LIKELY TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF WINTER WEATHER WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS ACROSS MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA. SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES MAY BE POSSIBLE FOR LOCATIONS THAT RECEIVE THE HIGHEST TOTALS OF FREEZING RAIN.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.