Very Cold Tonight… Warmer Days Ahead… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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At 4:30pm Wednesday, road conditions are returning to normal for most of central Alabama, although we still have concerns for areas generally south of I-20 for the potential of icing issues on secondary roads and areas that remained shaded today. This will be mainly an issue where snow amounts were higher than 1″. If you have icy roads in your area, please comment on the post and your location so we can better spread the word of where problem areas still exist.

Temperatures will fall into the lower to middle teens overnight, with a few areas in the single digits again! Thursday will begin the warming trend, with a high in the lower to middle 40s. Look for plenty of sunshine on Thursday. Any leftover road problems will quickly thaw by noon Thursday.

We’ll drop into the lower 20s Thursday night, with teens north of I-20. Highs will reach the lower 50s on Friday, under a sunny sky. I expect a slow increase in clouds over the weekend, but Gulf air will return northward. Highs will reach the lower 60s for many areas, especially over west Alabama on Saturday and Sunday.

Rain and storms will move through the area sometime on Monday, with rain amounts generally under 1/2 an inch. Severe weather is not expected with this setup…

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10:30 Wed Update: Some Roads Still Bad… #ALWX @wvua23

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Here’s a amazing mid morning view of the snow cover over Alabama. Nearly the entire state has snow on the ground between a dusting on the low end and 3″ on the high end. The heavier strip of snow ended up happening to the south of I-59, where most areas got between 1 and 3 inches there. Montgomery seems to be the hot spot, where isolated 4″ totals were reported. You can even see the brighter white on the visible satellite where the heavier snow did occur.

Main roads are really beginning to improve across most of the area, but the process is slower where snow amounts were over 1″. By early afternoon, we should see main roads and interstates in much better shape compared to early this morning. Secondary roads and shaded areas will likely remain icy today or atleast have icy spots.  The more widespread icing will continue for areas that have 1″ or more of snow on the ground. Understand, we will stay below freezing all day today, so if the sun doesn’t touch the road, ice could remain in that area. We are totally depending on the sun to allow for thawing on roads today. By midday Thursday, we’ll be well above freezing, which will allow all roads to return to normal condition.

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8:30pm Snow Update #alwx @wvua23

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At 8:30pm, snow has ended for areas north of Demopolis, Clanton and Anniston and the snow line continues to shift south. While there is still snow showing up on radar to the north of that line, it is not reaching the ground as dry air filters in and evaporates the snow before reaching the surface. Areas south of Demopolis, Clanton and Anniston will deal with light snow for the next hour or so, then snow will come to an end there as well.

So far, snow amounts have been generally right on track with this event with everyone getting between a dusting and 1″. To our surprise, roads were mostly fine through the day today, but as temperatures continue to drop tonight, wet roads are quickly becoming icy. We want to discourage travel for the rest of tonight and through atleast Wednesday morning. The sun will help to thaw most roads on Wednesday, but the back roads that have surrounded by trees and shaded may take longer to thaw out. The main highways should be fine by lunch Wednesday, eventhough the air temps will be below freezing. Keep in mind, solar radiation will help in a big way during the midday hours Wednesday. The main trouble areas will be for those areas that remain shaded…

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4:15PM Update… Light Snow Continues #alwx @wvua23

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At 4:15pm, light snow continues to move east across Alabama, with most areas picking up about 1/2″ of snow so far. I have heard of a few reports up to 1″ over northwest Alabama. I expect most areas to pick up generally 1″ or less with this event. We have heard of some road icing issues across central and west Alabama, with most issues occurring over northwest Alabama. As temperatures continue to fall, we want people to remain off the roads this evening and tonight, as road and bridge icing is likely.

Snow will gradually come to an end from northwest to southeast during the evening and early overnight hours. A big story tonight is the extreme cold air, with temps expected in the 8 to 12 degree range along and north of I-20 and 10-15 degree range south of I-20 tonight. Wind chill will be at or below zero for many areas tonight!

Roads may remain icy through midday Wednesday for many areas, and it could be midday Thursday before all roads thaw out in the shaded spots…

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2:20PM Tuesday Snow Update #alwx @wvua23

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At 2:20pm, snow continues to fall along and to the northwest of I-59, slowly sinking southeast. Snow is accumulating fast where snow is falling, but accumulations should remain mainly below 1″ for our local area. With snow falling and temperatures rapidly dropping, I’m very concerned about travel this afternoon, evening and tonight. It won’t take much snow to cause serious issues, and we’re already seeing roads very icy across much of northwest Alabama.

Snow will gradually end from northwest to southeast into the evening and early overnight hours. By midnight, snow should be totally done for central Alabama, with snow ending before that across northwest Alabama.

Roads may remain icy through midday Wednesday for many areas, and it could be midday Thursday before all roads thaw out in the shaded spots…

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12pm Update: Snow Increasing From West to East… #alwx @wvua23

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At midday, snow is fast approaching I-59 now, with a good snow falling over the northwest half of the state. Snow should be falling on I-59 by 1pm, and continue southeast from there. Once the snow begins in your area, stay put. Travel is highly discouraged, as there is a high risk of road and bridge icing. We have already had numerous reports of roads over northwest Alabama being covered in snow and ice and that trend will continue to progress southeast through the day.

Temperatures will get colder through the afternoon, with many areas in the lower to middle 20s as the snow falls. Snow amounts will be generally at or under 1″, but there could be an enhancement of snow somewhere to the south of I-59, as a second wave pulls moisture into the state. Either way, impacts will be pretty much the same state-wide…

Roads may remain icy through midday Wednesday for many areas, and it could be midday Thursday before all roads thaw out in the shaded spots…

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11am Tuesday Update: Great Info From the NWS Birmingham… #alwx @wvua23

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The National Weather Service just posted a great synopsis on this winter weather setup… Take a moment to read…

10:45am .SYNOPSIS…

Water vapor imagery and global model data is in good agreement in
a sharp positively-tilted trough extending from Michigan and
extending southwest across northern Indiana through central
Illinois and into central Missouri and further extends southwest
into central Oklahoma.

Toward the surface, an extensive arctic front just north of Mobile
to near Prattville further northeast to near Alexander City and
was continuing to slide southeast.

Satellite imagery shows mostly cloudy to cloudy skies across all
but our southeast counties, roughly from Montgomery to Alexander
City and points southeast, where mostly sunny skies were observed.

Radar data shows a large, extensive precipitation shield
consisting mostly of snow that extends from west-central
Mississippi northeast across our west-central, northwest and
northern counties and extends further north and east to include
much of far northern Alabama and into central and eastern
Tennessee.

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.SHORT TERM…

Despite surface temperatures that have risen above freezing over
the past few hours roughly along and southeast of the Interstate
59 corridor we continue to observe noticable temperature decreases
across our west-central and northwest counties as the
precipitation has started to fall. The main concern continues to
be the risk of snow melting when it comes into contact with road
surfaces and then the moisture will freeze onto the pavement as
temperatures fall below freezing, creating icy patches and slick
spots on roadways. A winter weather advisory remains in effect as
snow will continue affect our northwest counties with snow
eventually impacting more of our central counties early this
afternoon along with portions of our south and eastern counties
this afternoon and evening.

Changes in the overall thinking is not huge. The one difference
is that the area of rain that is developing over southwestern
AL/southeastern MS will move into the southeast ahead of the front
and may provide a brief window of rain before the snow starts.
This will do two things. One it will moisten the overall column
and two it will begin to cool down the airmass ahead of the Arctic
air.

So we are still expecting a significant impact to the area even with
light amounts (2 inches or less). This a slow moving band and will
take almost sort of a staircase approach through the state.
Currently watching another band developing further south in MS
and this will then slide east into the area.

The approaching vort max at 500mb appears very impressive this
afternoon into tonight and will have an opportunity to enhance the
snow band as it moves east of I-59. PWAT values will surge in
this zone, and additional lift could result in snowfall amounts
exceeding our current forecast. The ECMWF, several European
Ensemble members, and the Regional Canadian indicate the potential
for 2-4 inch amounts along and east of I-59 all the way to our
eastern and southern borders. This scenario will be monitored for
a possible upgrade to a Winter Storm Warning. Impacts could be
significant across our entire forecast area due to temperatures
falling into the 20s and teens as the snow falls. A Wind Chill
Advisory has been issued for the entire area for tonight and
Wednesday morning for wind chills of 5 above zero to 5 below zero.