Winter Weather Expected to Impact Alabama Next Week [VIDEO]
Snow, sleet, freezing rain? We could see winter precipitation in Alabama beginning Monday!It's too early to know exactly what type of/how much precipitation we will see, but the latest forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a 20% chance of freezing rain Sunday Night. Monday calls for a 60% chance of freezing rain or sleet, and by Tuesday we have a 50% chance of snow.
ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann's latest Weather Xtreme video is above--watch it for an in-depth look at the latest winter weather threat, and make sure you check out THIS POST from James about forecasting sleet, snow, and ice. Below is the latest graphic forecast from James; it displays the types of winter precipitation expected to impact Alabama Monday.
Here's more from James on Monday's forecast (from the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog):
PRECIPITATION TYPE: For now, it looks like all snow Monday morning along and north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden), with a “wintry mix” of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the south for places like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston. Some sleet and freezing rain is possible early Monday as far south as Livingston, Clanton, and Roanoke.
ACCUMULATION POTENTIAL: Some communities north of U.S. 278, up in the Tennessee Valley, could see 1-2 inches of snow. To the south, around one inch of snow/sleet is possible in scattered pockets around I-20/59. Understand it is still really too early to be specific on amounts; this is just a “first guess”, and will probably change.
IMPACT: Temperatures should be in the 20s early Monday, and this should lead to bridge icing, and also potential icing on secondary roads. Driving/travel issues are a real possibility. Thankfully most school systems are not in session Monday, and with it being a federal holiday many have the day off anyway.
TIMING: Temperatures will slowly warm, and by late morning we expect mid 30s and the ice issues will slow fade away for North/Central Alabama. Highest risk of icy travel for places like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston is from 4:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. However, up in far North Alabama, some ice/snow patches on roads and bridges could persist into the afternoon hour.
We'll keep you updated--be sure to check here for the latest forecasts and business closings.